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This Week in Hyperlocal: June 20, 2014

by: Reilly O'Connor, on Jun 20, 2014 in This Week In Hyperlocal

Check out this week’s roundup of industry relevant hyperlocal bits & bytes!

In New Jersey, with $2 million from Knight, the Local News Lab launches to seek revenue models: The Local News Lab launched this week, supported by a $2 million grant awarded by the Knight Foundation in February. The New Jersey-based organization will incubate six local journalism sites in an effort to “try to understand and develop viable revenue models for both nonprofit and for profit news organizations.”

You’d have to be crazy to start a media company, right?: Some would say that the publishing climate today is, in a word, messy. Readers don’t seem to care where their news comes from, and publishers are competing with Facebook, Netflix and YouTube for surfers’ attention. Here, then, is a look at what’s driving the latest crop of publishing entrepreneurs, for better or worse.

How the Local Web Is Helping Neighbors Connect and Build Community: The following is an excerpt of a speech Mike Orren recently gave at TEDxPlano. He  begins with, “I am here to sell you on an idea. And that idea is that this device and the networks it connects to were designed to make the world smaller– but their greatest use is to make your neighborhood closer; to make your local community bigger.”

Hyperlocal Publisher Shout Out: Portland Press HeraldCheck out one of the latest publishers to sign up with Local Yokel Media – the Portland Press Herald.

The surprising state of digital ad spending in 5 chartsHere’s a breakdown of where spending is today, and where it’s going in the next few years.

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