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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: AOL COO May Exit, Airbnb Expands Hyperlocal Contnent

The Editors

Street Fight Daily: AOL COO May Exit, Airbnb Expands Hyperlocal Contnent

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.COO Artie Minson Could Exit Aol, Patch Issues To Blame? (TechCrunch)… Airbnb’s Neighborhoods Program Expands With the Addition 93 Local Guides in 4 New Cities worldwide (The Next Web)… Foursquare CEO Looks Beyond Mobile Handsets: Anywhere There’s A Screen, We Want To Be On It (TechCrunch)…

Hyperlocal Publishers Form a Trade Group

David Hirschman

Hyperlocal Publishers Form a Trade Group

A group of 22 local online news organizations have announced that they are forming a trade association. The parameters and potential activity of the association remain largely undefined, but the group includes some of the better-known names in indie hyperlocal publishing, including The Batavian’s Howard Owens, Baristanet’s Debra Gallant, and Oakland Local’s Susan Mernit…

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...