Community Publishers Mixed on Borrell Prescription for Content


Gordon Borrell minced no words in Street Fight recently when he talked about content and audience in the revenue-hot digital space that his new annual local media report pinpoints. He said: “It’s so much not about readers. It’s so much more about consumers. So those folks who are trying to develop hyperlocal sites around good […]

Dallas Morning News Bets Ranch on Its Local/Hyperlocal Strategy


For the Dallas Morning News, local and hyperlocal — increasingly digital but with a continuing and strong print presence — define the future of the 130-year-old A. H. Belo Corp. newspaper. To find out more about what the DMN is doing to plan for the local digital future, we talked recently with several executives in charge of that strategy…

Will 2015 Be Breakthrough Year for Community News?


We saw some promising signs of local news sites getting their mojo in 2014. But is it a lasting, growing trend? To get a peek over the horizon, we went to top experts in community news — publishers, editors and others who are involved in producing, analyzing and critiquing it…

From Print to Patch to His Own ‘Indie’ Site — A 25-Year Saga


Steven Jack, who was regional editor for eight Patch sites before leaving in the first round of layoffs, did what many of his terminated colleagues did — he started his own independent site. In less than a year, he has captured 31,000 unique visitors for his Only Oswego, which more than equals the town’s population…

Locable Founder: Community Sites Need More Than News to Thrive

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Not every community news site wants to become a network. But that doesn’t mean “one-off’s” can’t benefit from some of the advantages of scale. Locable founder Brian Ostrovsky spoke with Street Fight recently how single publishers can do quite well even in markets where they’re facing competitors who have chosen to go bigger…

Are Community News Sites and Investors Ready for Each Other?


Venture-capital and angel investors have been avoiding digital community news — but there’s no mystery about why. There are some profitable one-offs, but most investors aren’t interested in one-offs. They want to put their money in the possibility of a good-sized payoff. That will only come with community news that is part of a network…