TribLocal Branding Is Replaced by Pioneer Press in Many ChiTrib Communities

From its launch in 2007, TribLocal was the Chicago Tribune’s highly branded network of suburban news print inserts and e-sites covering sprawling Chicagoland. Now TribLocal has lost most of its branding and been replaced by the Tribune’s recently acquired Pioneer Press in many communities.  We recently caught up with Bob Fleck, the Tribune’s recently appointed general manager and publisher of […]

Street Fight Daily: Facebook Likes Events, Square Becomes a Platform

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Facebook Is Making It Easier To Find Events You Want To Go To (Mashable)… How Groupon Not So Innocently Planned Its Most Popular Facebook Post Ever (AdWeek)… The Racists Next Door: Why Nextdoor’s Racial Profiling “problem” Isn’t The Company’s Fault — It’s Society’s (Pando)…

Street Fight Daily: Gowalla Founder Leaving Facebook

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technologyGowalla Co-Founder Josh Williams to Depart Facebook (AllThingsD)… The False Hope of Hyperlocal (Digiday)… Does In-Store Location Tracking Cross The “Creepy Line”? (MarketingLand)…

Street Fight Daily: Waze Helps FEMA, Springer Continues Classifieds Push

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.How Waze’s Crowd-Sourced Data Helped FEMA Deliver the Gas After Sandy (GigaOm)… Buying Another Classified Site, Springer Sees Digital Filling Print Gap (Paid Content)… Tree Maps and Dwindling Cigarettes: One Hyperlocal Site’s Approach to Sandy (The New York Observer)…

As Paywalls Evolve, So Does the Perception of Paywalls

It’s time to acknowledge that, overall, people are starting to get used to paying for content online — especially on smartphones and tablets. It will be interesting to see how the various paywall models play out over time, but I have become more confident that paywalls (in some form or fashion) are a piece of the puzzle to running a profitable hyperlocal or regional news website…

Street Fight Daily: Tribune Halves TribLocal, Yelp Pushes Into Asia

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.In Wake of Journatic, Tribune Reduces Number of TribLocal Editions (Crain’s Chicago Business)… Yelp Expands into Asia With Singapore Launch (CNet)… UBL Going After Huge Offline Co-op Ad Budgets (Screenwerk)…

Street Fight Daily: More Journatic Drama, New Hyperlocal Co-op

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Chicago Tribune Discovers Plagiarism, Suspends Work with Journatic (Poynter)… Banyan Project Planning Its First Community-owned News Co-op (Nieman Lab)… The Most Obvious Mobile Ad Unit and What the New York Times Got Wrong (Both Sides of the Table)…

Journatic Takes Double Hit: Editor Quits and Tribune Suspends Service

Community news provider Journatic has been rocked by the back-to-back resignation of its new chief editor and the decision of the Chicago Tribune to indefinitely suspend the service as operator of its 90 TribLocal publications…

For Troubled News Industry, Is It Enough to ‘Pivot’?

“Let’s just assume that the traditional newspaper organization is a loss and will not survive, and come up with other plans to produce local journalism,” said the AP’s Jonathan Stray. “I may or may not be right about the possibility of survival for the former news industry, but I think this point of view forces the right questions.”