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Tomorrow’s Local Newspaper May Not Be a Newspaper at All

August 31, 2010

Tweet A few months ago, the town where I live was hit by a major storm. Luckily, no one was hurt; but we had experienced what is called a “macro burst,” and everyone was understandably shaken up by all of the fallen trees and downed power lines. The storm only lasted a total of twenty […]

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Can Local Newspapers Afford to Report in Real Time?

May 19, 2010

Tweet Or rather, can they afford not to? People in the digital world expect information to be delivered right away, as soon as events happen. But local news papers are too strapped for resources to make this happen. What’s the solution? In order to deepen my understanding of the issues that we’re trying to tackle […]

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I Will Never Pay for “News Aggregation.” Would You?

April 27, 2010

Tweet A couple of days ago I realized why news organizations are having such a difficult time getting people to pay for news. It’s because, most of the time, what we are fed by the media isn’t real reporting, it’s just news aggregation. Let me explain: I was getting ready for work in the morning […]

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You Can’t Do HyperLocal from the Corporate Ivory Tower!

April 12, 2010

Tweet Dear New York Times, I recently read a blog post over at editorsweblog.org about your “hyperlocal efforts.” It cites your recent collaboration with Fwix in order to conglomerate news about particular local areas into a massive “local” news database, all from the comfort of your corporate ivory tower. Using Fwix’s software, you would gather […]

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We Need Local News Now! Not a Week Later.

April 5, 2010

Tweet A few weekends ago, the Boston area where I live was pummeled with rain. We received twelve inches of rain in two days, about one third of our average yearly rain fall. As soon as the flood waters started to rise, I was desperate to get up to the minute accurate information. So I […]

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Can Crowd Sourcing Work for Local News? The Power of Community

February 21, 2010

Tweet As you know, the purpose of this blog is to answer the question, “What would the local news business look like if it were invented today?” And we are asking you to contribute to this blog, to critique and to add to our ideas in order to create a new business model for local […]

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