New Book Examines Local News Success Stories

The Wired City, a book by Dan Kennedy that came out this year, examines some successful independent local news sites. The most prominent example he cites is the New Haven Independent, a personal favorite run by longtime journalist Paul Bass. That site is remarkable for its community engagement and high standards.

Bass started the site in 2005 with this motto: “Power of the press now belongs not to those who own one, but to those who own a modem.We own a modem.”

The Wired City also examines sites like The Batavian in upstate New York and The Voice of San Diego.

It’s always smart to examine how successful entrepreneurs got started. The Batavian’s Howard Owens posted his 10 tips for founding a site here.

Extremely Popular BushwickBK Blog Suddenly Stops Publishing

One of the best hyperlocal blogs in the city has stopped publishing, at least for the time being, for reasons that are not entirely clear. Last week, BushwickBK, which has more than 2,000 facebook followers and an extremely active and Continue reading »

Great Hyperlocal Journalism: Weiner Hits Home, or How to Localize a National Story

The press has been on a feeding frenzy over the scandal involving now former Congressman Anthony Weiner and his decision to sext pictures of himself to random women. It’s a story with national implications, but it also impacts tens of thousands of Weiner’s constituents who are now left without a congressman. That story isn’t as sexy, and it’s not going to get anywhere near the same press that Weiner’s pictures of his (ahem!) got. Continue reading »

Great Hyperlocal Journalism: A Walk Through Olde Park Slope

Thumbnail of one of Hamill's boyhood homes via Here's Park Slope

Here’s Park Slope editor Dan Myers took readers on a jaunt through the old neighborhood recently, following in the footsteps of legendary New York writer Pete Hamill.

Hamill recently published an autobiography, “A Drinking Life.” Myers brings Hamill’s world alive, even though the streets have changed considerably from when the writer grew up in the neighborhood in the 1940’s and 1950’s. He uses excerpts from the book, and finds old pictures, comparing them to the present-day neighborhood. Continue reading »

Great Hyperlocal Journalism: BK Southie and the IS 278 Fire

I’m going to try a new format for the best hyperlocal journalism of the week posts, in order to focus more closely on one story each week and explain what makes it great. For the week of April 4, I’m choosing “311 is a Joke: City Hotline Useless After Marine Park Fire” by BK Southie, a hyperlocal site that covers Continue reading »

Great Hyperlocal Journalism: Tales of Crime and Real Estate


Photo by Avi

From the constant changes in Lower East Side real estate to increasing crime in parts of Brooklyn, last week was another busy one for New York’s hyperlocal bloggers. Check out some great reporting below: Continue reading »

Great Hyperlocal Journalism: Cops, ‘Copters and Robbers

FULL MOON / SPRING EQUINOX   2011  /   View from Top of the Rock   -   Rockefeller Center Building, Manhattan NYC   -   03/19/11

Photo of full moon on March 19 by asterix611 via flickr.

A low and glowing full moon on March 19 led to a news-packed week and lots of great hyperlocal reporting in neighborhoods throughout the city. Check out our selection below: Continue reading »

Good News for Hyperlocal Editors: EveryBlock Gets Better

EveryBlock, the nifty neighborhood data provider, has redesigned its website and shifted its focus. In a post on EveryBlock’s blog, founder Adrian Holovaty says that the site will change from a “one-way funnel of information,” to a more collaborative enterprise that’s “about participation more than passive consumption.”

EveryBlock, now a unit of, has always been a good resource for community-minded people (including hyperlocal editors). It aggregates tons of data that would Continue reading »

Great Hyperlocal Journalism: Don’t Mess with the Bronx

Maybe it was the slightly warmer weather, but the reporting by New York’s hyperlocal websites seemed extra feisty last week. See why people in the city are mad, happy and sad in this week’s best hyperlocal reporting below: Continue reading »

Great Hyperlocal Journalism: The Bike Wars

Bicycling was a hot topic last week, as a lawsuit against the city sparked a debate about bike lanes, and a bicyclist was hit by a car on the Lower East Side. That, and a series of crimes dominated the best hyperlocal reporting of the week. Check it out: Continue reading »

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