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Winter 2007: Introduction

By Local News December 15, 2007

“Unique local content” is by now a familiar phrase as print competes with digital media for readers’ attention. With constantly updated international and national news reporting and commentary just a click away, hometown readers need different reasons to go to their local newspaper, in print or online. In this issue of Nieman Reports, we will explore what local news reporting can look like and what a hometown focus can mean for journalists, newspapers, Web sites, and those who consume this news and information. – Melissa Ludtke, Editor Read more

Tips About Starting a Hyperlocal Web Site

By Local News December 15, 2007

For those seeking to venture into the hyperlocal sphere—whether affiliated with a news organization or not—we’ve developed tips through observation and study. —J.S. 1. Get ready for a high-touch experience: Citizen journalists won’t join the effort unless cajoled, recruited, trained, … Read more