Is It Time for a Major Directory of Local Blogs?
by Matt McGee on Jan 29, 2010 in Industry
On the Knight Digital Media Center’s “News Leadership 3.0″ blog (that’s a mouthful), Michele McLellan has started creating a list of online news organizations — a list that includes, of course, several hyperlocal news blogs.
Michele already has quite a list in place, and she’s divided it into several categories. And even more readers are leaving the names/links of their blogs/sites in the comments of that post. (If you run an online news blog/site, maybe think about joining that discussion.) All of this is only cementing an idea that’s been in my mind for some time now, and an idea that I shared in the comments of that KDMC post:
We need a high-quality directory of great hyperlocal blogs and web sites.
I’m not necessarily volunteering to do it, mind you; my time is extremely limited these days with clients, work, and a fair amount of travel coming up. But someone should do it. Maybe if no one does, I’ll pick up the torch at a later date.
It would have to be done right; there are all kinds of issues included in that, like whether or not to charge for submissions, how to define a local/hyperlocal blog or web site, and so forth. But I really believe there’s a need for this.
Do you agree? Disagree?