Diigo Bookmarks 08/12/2008 (p.m.)

by Yule Heibel on August 12, 2008

  • Article that chronicles the role of blogging in the creation of new hyper local / local news eco-systems.
    For readers, the blogs are providing news in ways unseen in traditional local news media.
    Like other journalists who run news sites, Paul Bass, New Haven Independent’s editor, does not consider himself a blogger.

    “We’re a news site,” Mr. Bass said.

    To underscore the difference, Mr. Bass said the site has three full-time reporters and one part-time reporter, all paid for by $185,000 in grants, corporate sponsorships and private donations. The site’s coverage, he added, helped remove a city budget director, change city towing policies and shame board of education members into better attendance, after it publicized the fact that the board’s truancy dwarfed that of city students.

    “A lot of neighborhood boards weren’t covered until we came around, so we’re just showing up,” Mr. Bass said. “That’s the promise of hyperlocal journalism, as opposed to blogging.”

    tags: nyt, blogging, hyper_local, local_news, placeblogging

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