Great Hyperlocal Journalism: Time to Dredge Sheepshead Bay

Last week, politicians railed against all sorts of things, including Planned Parenthood and senior center closings. Luckily, hyperlocal news sites were there to record all of it. Check out the best reporting of the week below: Continue reading »

Great Hyperlocal Journalism: A Predator in Sunnyside

This week, Sheepshead Bites did some in-depth tow truck reporting, fires and criminals plagued the streets, and the Bronx is getting a new bikini bar, courtesy of a liquor authority error. Check out the best hyperlocal journalism of the week below. Continue reading »

Great Hyperlocal Journalism: Local Artist Doesn’t Know Sh*t

Love was in the air, the weather suddenly got very warm, and the ice actually started to melt from New York’s streets last week. Also, people couldn’t stop themselves from peeing in the street, the police fought the Latin Kings, and the debate over Bronx basketball raged on. Just another week in New York. For some of the best, strangest and silliest hyperlocal journalism, read on. Continue reading »

Hyperlocal Lessons From The Huffpost Deal

Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington

On Monday, AOL announced that it had agreed to buy the Huffington Post for $315 million. The deal is worth watching for hyperlocal editors, if only because there’s a new boss at Patch.com, the most ambitious corporate version of hyperlocal news in the country. Patch runs about 800 hyperlocal sites across the country, including some in New York (mostly in Queens and Brooklyn). Continue reading »

Google Ads Run Amok, or How Not to Monetize Your Website

Hyperlocal editors tend to place Google ads throughout their sites to try to make money when they can’t sell larger display ads. The ads bring in a few pennies a day, and if placed in the right spots are generally harmless. The more Google ads, obviously, the more pennies. But some sites have become so littered with Google ads that they overwhelm the content. Oddly enough, one of the country’s most respected newspapers appears to have chosen to apply this strategy. Continue reading »

How to Report About Snow

- New York Blizzard Snowstorm Blargfest

Dec. 26 blizzard, by Dan Nguyen via flickr.

Snow coverage in mainstream news outlets, particularly on television, tends to follow a predictable and extremely lame script. A man or woman stands outside, generally near a highway, and reports that it is, in fact, snowing. Then the intrepid reporter interviews people about the snow, and those people are either bemused, or frustrated that it happens to snow during the winter.

But just because TV news fails at reporting on the weather, that doesn’t mean that the weather isn’t news. Continue reading »

Yiddish Radio: the Hyperlocal News of its Time

The web has only been around since Al Gore invented it, but hyperlocal news has been around just about forever. In New York, Yiddish radio stations in Jewish immigrant neighborhoods served as a kind of hyperlocal news source 80 years ago, offering radio stories, advertisements and some news items. The Yiddish Radio Project has collected some of the recordings, though most have been lost forever. Continue reading »