This Week in Hyperlocal: February 21, 2014

by: Reilly O'Connor, on Feb 21, 2014 in This Week In Hyperlocal


In this week’s roundup of hyperlocal bits and bytes, we hear about Olympic coverage on local sites, Patch updates, and social media’s impact on community journalism.

In Connecticut, the Independent Media Network tries to succeed where Patch couldn’t: Patch, having just laid off hundreds of employees, hasn’t worked according to plan. But here we see some interesting attempts at news on a smaller scale.

AP brings Olympics coverage to local news outlets with customizable, white-label microsites: For the last two years, the Associated Press has been providing its members with white-label microsites for sporting events, including the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Around 600 news organizations are taking advantage of customizable, AP-hosted web content for the Olympics.

Reuters’ Salmon: Facebook and Twitter Don’t Replace Community Journalism: Since so much content, especially on Facebook, is created at the hyperlocal level, Streetfight writer went to Reuters blogger Felix Salmon to find out if there’s a place for community news sites in this world of personalized information populated by more than a billion self-editors.

Patch Hiring Editorial Staff In Wake Of Mass Layoffs: Hale Global, a small tech-oriented turnaround firm, wants to keep Patch’s journalism alive. The plan is to strengthen the Patch network in places where readership has been particularly strong.

We’re attending Mega-Conference next week in Las Vegas! Drop by our booth (#63) if you’re in the area!


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