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The New Patch: One Site’s ‘Entrepreneurial’ Editor on the First 60 Days

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Patch, under its new owner Hale Global, is experimenting with new approaches for structuring and operating hyperlocal news sites, which, in general, have a reputation for losing money. One experiment is creating entrepreneurial editor-publishers for sites in the strongest markets. Sixty days into the experiment, longtime reporter Susan Petroni, explains her new dual role at the Framingham, Mass., Patch...

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Alternative Press Expands Hyperlocal Network Into Suburban Philly

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Mike Shapiro began his hyperlocal news network The Alternative Press in three suburban New Jersey communities — including his hometown of New Providence — in 2008. TAP has now expanded to 30 communities in the state and Shapiro has decided to cross over into Pennsylvania with a site in Lower Providence, in suburban Philadelphia's Montgomery County....

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How a Connecticut Network Helps ‘Indie’ News Sites Bridge Revenue Gap

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Networks of independent community news sites are growing up and expanding out, and one of the biggest is the three-year-old Independent Media Network, which provides multiple layers of services — in advertising, editorial, business and tech — to more than a hundred community and other news operations in Connecticut...

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Discovering Common Ground Among ‘Indie’ and Corporate Hyperlocal Sites

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The digital Grand Canyon that has divided independent and corporate hyperlocal news sites is not looking so immense lately. The “indies” and the corporates are still kicking up a lot of dust in their community-by-community competition. But these rivals are changing their operations and strategies in ways that make them look more alike than different...

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Can New Local Media Consortium Succeed Where Others Have Not?

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For two decades, legacy media have tried to pool their threatened resources and capture digital ad revenue to replace the billions of dollars that stopped flowing to their newspapers and TV stations. They have had some successes, but their more ambitious digital partnerships haven’t fared well. Now, a new group of old-media companies have banded together to form the Local Media Consortium in the hopes that it will it be able to succeed where other tie-ups have not...

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New Patch Owner Hale Running Company in ‘Lean, Entrepreneurial Mode’

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"There are lots of potential models, and there's no reason to be ideological about finding the right match between models and communities," says Hale. "The best thing for hyperlocal journalism is a sustainable business model."

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How One Community News Project Grew From One Blog to 30 Sites

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When Kerry Anne Ducey started blogging in her suburban community of Ridgefield, CT. in 2009, what happened within the several square miles of this 300-year-old community of about 25,000 people was the center of her journalistic universe. Today her HamletHub is a partnership of 30 community websites in the Connecticut-New York suburbs, which she says will soon grow to 45 sites...

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Reuters’ Salmon: Facebook and Twitter Don’t Replace Community Journalism

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We all know that Facebook, Twitter and other social media are transforming news in major ways. But Reuters blogger Felix Salmon says social media — especially Facebook — aren't just changing news as we have known it, but creating an entirely new news product that is defined by "personalization." I went to Salmon to find out if there's a place for community news sites in this world of personalized information...

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Could a Hybrid Model Scale Community News and Keep the Passion?

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Neither big media nor independent journalistic entrepreneurs have succeeded in finding a scalable model for hyperlocal news and information. So why couldn't we try a hybrid approach that adopts what’s best about each? It begins with editor-publishers who have a passionate commitment to community, and would be balanced by a scaled business model that will pay attention to cost curves and be open to new revenue opportunities...

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One Model for Successful Hyperlocal News: Break the Rules

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StuNewsLaguna has become a success in its sunset-renowned coastal community in Orange County, Calif., by ignoring and even violating some of the “best practices" of hyperlocal journalism, and paying no heed to the people-don't-care-about-local-news critics. Shaena Stabler, the 28-year-old co-owner with founder and veteran Orange County journalist Stu Saffer, explains how she and Saffer are making StuNews succeed...

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