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Wonder Women Show Might at ‘Indie’ Hyperlocal Sites

Tom Grubisich

Wonder Women Show Might at ‘Indie’ Hyperlocal Sites

Like old media, new media has its glass ceilings. But women are consistently shattering barriers to their advancement in the digital community news space. Of the 12 top revenue-producing community news sites, eight have a female editor-publisher-owner. So what do women bring to the community news space to produce so many winners?

Does Hyperlocal ‘Engagement’ Work — And Can it Be Monetized?

Tom Grubisich

Does Hyperlocal ‘Engagement’ Work — And Can it Be Monetized?

In 2002, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jan Schaffer founded J-Lab to help the news media use technology to engage citizens on big public issues. There’s a lot of talk about hyperlocal news sites using technology and social media to take civic journalism to a new level where the community is an equal player, but how much is wishful thinking and how much reality? I went to Schaffer for answers…