Denver and Other Communities Get the News Providers They Deserve

Communities, from activist citizens on up to major civic and other nonprofit institutions, will have to step forward to prevent local news organizations from being gutted by owners without roots in the communities those organizations service.

Report for America’s ‘Staggering’ Start in Building a ‘Better Local Media System’

Report for America addresses the double crisis of holes in local news and local democracy by deploying talented journalists into newsrooms in underserved communities—as it did for the Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader in Martin County.

Street Fight Daily: Mobile Payments on the Rise, Facebook Use Unaffected By Scandal

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Use of Mobile Payments Up 30%… Facebook Hasn’t Felt ‘Any Meaningful Impact’ As Result of Scandal… How NBC Is Giving Partners the Most Comprehensive Understanding of Their Ad Exposures…

Local News Sites Need More Than Funding — They Need Vision

Community news vet Steven Waldman has produced “Report for America,” a brisk blueprint to save what he calls “civically important” news. But if publishers are really going to save local news, they should work on deepening their focus on the demographic shifts in their communities…