With 8 Sites in Brooklyn, ‘Indie’ Corner Media Reports Doubling of Ad Revenue

Brooklyn is home to scores of fast-changing neighborhoods that are reshaping New York City’s largest borough. Seven of these neighborhoods are the turf of Corner Media Group, the independent mini-network that entrepreneur Liena Zagare has assembled over the past several years.

Sheepshead Bites Founder: If You Meet the Market’s Needs, It’ll Meet Yours

Event sponsorships are becoming a double-digit percentage of revenue among some news sites in local digital. At independent hyperlocal news site Sheepshead Bites in Southern Brooklyn, publisher Ned Berke looks at event sponsorships from a wider perspective as he explains in this Q & A on how his six-year-old site is performing…

‘Indie’ Hyperlocals Share Their Secrets to Sustainability

“Content remains king. So long as you don’t lose sight of that, much of the rest falls into place,” said Sheepshead Bites editor and publisher Ned Berke. “But, content doesn’t pay the bills, so we’re always looking at ways to improve the services we offer to merchant partners and other revenue opportunities…”

With Offbeat Features, Hyperlocals Can Spark Better Engagement

Maybe hyperlocal news sites should take a look at the old Life magazine formula, and see how they could adapt it to their news mix. I’m not saying that local sites should start running pinups. But a steady diet of stories about school budget hearings and local festivals aren’t enough. Why not spice up the homepage with more local feature content — especially stories that have strong visuals…

Street Fight Daily: Facebook Ads, Groupon Investor Exits

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology...

Facebook Working on Location-Based Mobile Ad Product (Bloomberg)…

Groupon Shareholder Kinnevik Heads for the Door (GigaOm)…

The Future of News: Mobile, Video, Data – And Crowdsourced (GigaOm)…

Sheepshead Bites Editor Reveals the Secrets to His Hyperlocal Success

“Local doesn’t scale,” says Ned Berke. “That’s the line, right? And as easy as it is to fall back on that, it is the truth. It really doesn’t. You can’t use a template for a small town in Utah, put it down in the middle of Brooklyn, and have it work. … I do think that the old model of giant newsrooms for communities is gone. I don’t think it’s doable. But I don’t think it’s necessary, either.”

Street Fight Daily: LivingSocial Top-line Up, Journatic CEO Defends

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology...

LivingSocial Top-line Accelerates, Up 15% in Q1 (Yipit Blog)…

Should Apple Buy Both Square and Foursquare? (GigaOm)…

A Hyperlocal News Manifesto (BoingBoing)…

As NYC Metros Cut Back, Hyperlocals Fill the News Hole

Lights have been going out in newsrooms of New York City’s metro newspapers for more than a decade. But while traditional newsrooms darken, new hyperlocal sites in neighborhoods throughout the city are eagerly shining light on the city’s eight million stories…