A Primer on Hyper-Local News

Mark Glaser has created a great primer on hyper-local news:

“Hyper-local news is the information relevant to small communities or neighborhoods that has been overlooked by traditional news outlets. Thanks to cheap self-publishing and communication online, independent hyper-local news sites have sprung up to serve these communities, while traditional media has tried their own initiatives to cover what they’ve missed.”

He lists the variety of ways that websites have collected hyper-local news, and shares examples of each:

  • Self-moderated citizen media
  • Reverse publishing citizen media in print
  • Involved proprietors on blogs
  • Aggregation sites
  • Annotated maps
  • Mobile journalism
  • Email lists and online forums

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