Hyperlocal News Roundup
by Matt McGee on Nov 2, 2009 in Industry
It’s been a while since I’ve posted one of these, and there are a few noteworthy things to pass along for hyperlocal bloggers, so enough chatter from me. Here’s a look at the hyperlocal news that’s caught my eye over the past month or so:
- The hyperlocal movement (blogs, web sites, etc.) was featured about a month ago in Newsweek magazine. The article talks about some of the challenges created by having local people cover local news and communities.
- On a related note, Dan Slee writes an interesting piece about the friction that’s happening in some places between local governments and local bloggers: What hyperlocal blogs will mean to Local Government. He offers lists of 5 things for govt. press people to do and 5 things for local bloggers to do.
- If you’re thinking about starting a hyperlocal news blog/site, Robert Niles offers some good tips and ideas in Starting your news website: A checklist for students and mid-career beginners. He calls it “a check-list of technical tools that you’ll need to get a basic, one-person news site on the Web.”
- CitySquares is now offering free, syndicated business listings for local bloggers. You can add listings based on location, category, or a combination. This is slightly different from the local newswire idea I’ve written about, but is similar in that it may help add more local content to your blog/site.
- Shields Bialasik shared 12 Ways to Keep You Hyperlocal Blog Vibrant. He has some interesting ideas in there, like starting a local press release engine or offering free local classifieds.
If I missed any good news/posts about hyperlocal blogging, drop a note in the comments so we can all have a look. Thx!