Hyper-local Blogging

Friday, July 23, 2010

Liz George, owner and editor of, and Justin Peters, managing editor for the Columbia Journalism Review website, talk about the successes, failures, and future of hyper-local blogging.


Liz George and Justin Peters

Comments [6]

Raymond Helfrich from West Orange, NJ

'Blogs' have posts with points of view from the people who run them. They can often be 'provocative.' (This can generate more 'mouse-clicks,' and therefore more [advertising] revenue.) Check out hyper-local discussion groups that are more communal in nature. E.g., the West Orange [NJ] Watercooler, a non-commercial venue for conversations and sharing information about our town and vicinity.

Jul. 23 2010 11:44 AM
cbrown from Brooklyn

I live in Clinton Hill, one of the subjects of the NY Times Local. Initially, they had a Times reporter assigned to it, and while he did some good work, it was clear that he was not a resident of the community, and was often really tone-deaf in his dealings with the local area. Now they have students from some journalism program, and they aren't residents either, and really lacking in professional competence. It seems to me that the Times wanted to do this project on the cheap - really cheap - and it shows. As for "community involvement," it mostly takes the form of bitch-sessions in the comments, often with barely- or not-at-all- concealed race-baiting.

Jul. 23 2010 11:39 AM
Marie from Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

Hyper-local blogging works if it has an audience far beyond the blog's neighborhood borders. I agree that the blog needs to either be genuinely from that community or hood, or have little competition for that community. There's a lot of competition in Brooklyn.

I read the Times City Room, which is bloggy - but also gave up on those two local blogs as being rather bland.

My blog, 66 Square Feet is based on my tiny terrace in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, and concentrates on that tiny paces but then ranges abroad.

Jul. 23 2010 11:37 AM
RLewis from The Bowery

The best, very best, very very local blogs:

Bowery Boogie
EV Grieve
Save the Lower East Side
Jeremiah's Vanishing New York

The do more than just blog. They help locals address issues of change in the neighborhood.

Jul. 23 2010 11:34 AM
Pat from Montclair

One local blog in NJ - Barista - has a habit of "borrowing" from The Star-Ledger - where they have real journalists. The notion of "citizen journalists" means somebody doesn't want to pay for real reporting.

Jul. 23 2010 11:33 AM

i love the following hyperlocal site, which is a UK based grassroots web infrastructure for football teams. developed by wieden and kennedy ad firm

they have really established a wonderful hyperlocal template with this, in my opinion. fascinating.

Jul. 21 2010 08:58 AM

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