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With NJ News Co-op, Prof. Deb Galant Keeps to Her Hyperlocal Roots

Tom Grubisich

With NJ News Co-op, Prof. Deb Galant Keeps to Her Hyperlocal Roots

In July 2012, the Baristanet founder decamped for the nearby groves of academe – to the new Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University. Not surprisingly, Galant stayed true to her entrepreneurial spirit, launching the center’s NJ News Commons, which brings together news organizations from around the state to share stories and resources. Street Fight caught up with Galant recently to find out more about the news co-op, and why the project is important for hyperlocals…

Street Fight Daily: Baristanet Founder Departs, ‘Showrooming’

The Editors

Street Fight Daily: Baristanet Founder Departs, ‘Showrooming’

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Departure of Baristanet Founder Doesn’t Portend Changes, Says Editor (Poynter)… Is the Future of Retail Showrooming? (GigaOm)… Let’s Explode the Myth that Data Journalism is ‘Resource Intensive’ (Online Journalism Blog)… Let’s Explode the Myth that Data Journalism is ‘Resource Intensive’ (Online Journalism Blog)…

How Hyperlocals Can Build Community and Source Stories With Meal Meetups

Alex Salkever

How Hyperlocals Can Build Community and Source Stories With Meal Meetups

Having watched the successful construction of communities brick-by-brick in politics, in meals, and in high-tech around topics of interest, I know that the power of simply sitting down with a small group to learn their views can result in powerful changes and truly viral sharing of genuine user generated content of the highest quality…

What Independent Hyperlocals Need for the Long Haul

Tom Grubisich

What Independent Hyperlocals Need for the Long Haul

The surging growth of hyperlocal news—today there are more than 3,000 sites in operation and hundreds more in various stages of formation—is being driven by independents. The media disrupters are the people who have the passion and gumption to develop and run their sites with financing from their own personal credit cards.

I’m thinking of entrepreneurs like Debbie Galant, who with $3,000 co-founded  Baristanet in the crowded media market of northern New Jersey in 2004,  expanding it to seven communities. And Scott Brodbeck who, while he was completing a master’s program, started ARLNow in  Arlington, Va., in suburban Washington D.C.

Why Hyperlocal News Is Better Than Ever

Tom Grubisich

Why Hyperlocal News Is Better Than Ever

Add everything up, and you have a steadily growing number of sites that are innovating to find and produce quality news covering a myriad of topics.  This added-value news is reaching and engaging more people, thanks principally to the giant leaps by social media. The best hyperlocals are becoming the X factor in the civic renaissance that communities need to emerge stronger from their trying economic times…

Announcing Street Fight’s First Annual Hyperlocal Industry Summit

David Hirschman

Announcing Street Fight’s First Annual Hyperlocal Industry Summit

Street Fight is proud to announce our first annual industry summit, which will bring together leading minds from across the hyperlocal industry on October 25th-26th in New York City. Participants will include top executives from Patch, Topix, Fwix, Yipit, Gilt City and many more. Buy your ticket before July 31 and save $200!

Authentically Local Declares: ‘Local Doesn’t Scale’

John Hazard

Authentically Local Declares: ‘Local Doesn’t Scale’

What makes a media site local? Does local coverage make it local? How about a local staff? Local ads?

Actually, it’s the ownership, say the folks behind Authentically Local, a collective of 25 hyperlocal Web sites that will be announced today at the GeoWorld Summit in Brooklyn. The collective is “basically a branding campaign” that will eventually be extended to on-the-ground businesses, said Baristanet‘s Debbie Galant, one of the founders….

Street Fight Daily: 05.05.11

David Hirschman

Street Fight Daily: 05.05.11

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups.

Those who use social location-based apps such as Foursquare or Facebook Places represent just 17% of the mobile population, according to a new study. Of those opting out of participating in the checkin craze, or any other social location behavior for that matter, 48% cited privacy concerns as their primary reason for not doing so. (Mashable)…

During AOL’s earnings call, one of the top questions from analysts was what is AOL’s plan with Patch? The company dumped $40 million into the hyperlocal network for the second quarter in a row, and it didn’t generate much revenue. Here’s Tim Armstrong’s explanation. (Business Insider)…

IAC-owned local media and advertising property CityGrid Media is acquiring social media monitoring and sentiment analysis platform BuzzLabs. The company allows publishers to leverage social content, keeps consumers better informed, and helps local businesses monitor their presence across the web. (TechCrunch)…

Baristanet’s Debra Galant: How Patch Is Like Wal-Mart

David Hirschman

Baristanet’s Debra Galant: How Patch Is Like Wal-Mart

Since its 2004 launch, Essex County, New Jersey-based Baristanet has often been held up as a hyperlocal news success story. Veteran journalists Liz George and Debra Galant created their local information site to be like a coffee shop where people in the three suburban towns they covered could learn about small-scale news and events around them.

Street Fight spoke recently with Galant about the site’s scope and history, whether stories about potholes can really be monetized, and what she thinks of AOL’s Patch...