Wise words from the outgoing editor of the Saddleworth News; a first-time Foursquarer questions what it’s all about; Yipit’s Vin raises the Google-Groupon question; and Ben Ilfeld comments on the new indie hyperlocal trade association formed last weekend in Chicago. More:
Richard Jones, hyperlocal news editor, October 5, 2011
The Richard Jones Journalism Blog: It’s not worthy trying to be comprehensive. Trying to make it to every council meeting, every football match and every coffee morning is a sure way to tire yourself out, and make you quickly resent what should be an enjoyable thing to do.
Foursquare “virgin” Ellis Hamburger, October 5, 2011
Business Insider: What do I actually get out of checking in every place I travel to? What’s the point of earning badgesand becoming the ‘Mayor’ of my local bar?
Steve Buttry, Journal Register Company, September 30, 2011
The Buttry Diary: Whether you’re riding high, as we were after launch, or taking heat, as we did when we cut staff, transparency helps build credibility. It’s not the most comfortable approach, but it’s almost always the best approach.
Ben Ilfeld, Sacramento Press, October 4, 2011
Street Fight: I’m not sure if there is ‘a’ business model for independent local publishers. This is a really important point that seems to have been lost in the mainstream coverage of local and hyper-local ecosystems: Money is being made, just not in cookie-cutter business models.
Bo Fishback, Zaarly, October 4, 2011
Huffington Post: The best ideas resonate beyond your expectations and with all kinds of people. If you’re really working on a significant market disruption, you’ll be bombarded by people who want to help simply because they’re excited about the potential positive impact.