Are hyperlocals replacing traditional newspapers?


Hyperlocal has become a buzzword as familiar to news junkies as eat local is to foodies. The idea is to get residents involved in the reporting not just by sending in tips but by writing content about important local issues such as school boards and transportation. In professional newsrooms, “we spend too much time on craft and not enough time on community,” says Michele McLellan, a fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri who spent the past year studying nearly 70 of the best hyperlocal sites. “Many of the new sites, even if they don’t have the most polished reports, are flipping that: community first.”

The full article, on hyperlocal news sites, is at TIME MAGAZINE

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