Saturday, April 18, 2009

Hyperlocal News Sites

Link to April 13 New York Times article, "News Without Newspapers".

Excerpt: If your local newspaper shuts down, what will take the place of its coverage? Perhaps a package of information about your neighborhood, or even your block, assembled by a computer.

A number of Web start-up companies are creating so-called hyperlocal news sites that let people zoom in on what is happening closest to them, often without involving traditional journalists.

The sites, like
EveryBlock,, Placeblogger, and Patch, collect links to articles and blogs and often supplement them with data from local governments and other sources.

What I discovered:
EveryBlock's coverage is currently limited to the following cities: Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Washington DC. gives me local (Middleton) coverage. Just added it to my bloglines account.

At first glance, Placeblogger is just confusing. (No time now to figure it out.)

Patch currently covers 3 New Jersey communities: South Orange, Millburn, and Maplewood.

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