Shoutbox

Refresh History
  • nursejdavis: also the time is wayyy of its only 930 pm???
    March 14, 2019, 02:29:18 AM
  • nursejdavis: I am looking for a few Press Releases from Kevin Hillman that have disappeared.... not sure why they would be hidden from the public unless they contain narcs who have gotten their charges dropped for their cooperation. Seems the same Press Releases were also deleted from Facebook. Thanks for any help in locating these
    March 14, 2019, 02:24:50 AM
  • littlebit: Makes sense.
    July 16, 2017, 04:40:28 AM
  • Lepard LLC: Boards will stay open for a place people can find history information longer. I am not allowing anyone to sign up for now because of so many foreginers just wanting to promote their business..
    December 10, 2016, 05:10:27 AM
  • Lepard LLC: Not sure why didn't look, I may be shutting down these message boards..
    November 17, 2016, 12:42:43 AM
  • ~kathy~: rick why is the timestamp showing up a day in advance?
    September 13, 2016, 12:27:46 AM
  • Valor7: What I tried to say is that the actual money would not be there that quick. But a loan against that would work if they are willing to do that.
    August 08, 2016, 01:51:51 PM
  • Lepard LLC: Why so long before it comes online? 911 took out a loan or bond with the known guarantee payment and began building..
    August 08, 2016, 07:46:34 AM
  • Valor7: Actually no it is not, a dependable Revenue stream will not come on line until the 4th quarter of 2017 so 2018 budget will be up in the air, not quite sure what they will have. By 2019 budget all will be well.
    August 04, 2016, 09:27:17 PM
  • Valor7: You mean that tax that the Commissioners would not put on the ballot for so many years? Strange things happened when the citizens got a chance to vote on that issue.
    August 03, 2016, 06:43:06 PM
  • Lepard LLC: Back up is now available withe the new tax..
    August 03, 2016, 05:01:35 PM
  • Valor7: Thanks a lot Ladies!!
    July 29, 2016, 01:16:13 PM
  • littlebit: ((*(*&
    July 27, 2016, 03:47:52 PM
  • ~kathy~: lol
    July 15, 2016, 09:34:56 AM
  • Valor7: A guy could get killed around here while waiting for backup!
    July 13, 2016, 07:31:58 PM
  • Lepard LLC: You are not alone..
    July 13, 2016, 07:28:53 PM
  • Valor7: I just hate it when I talk to myself!!!!
    July 08, 2016, 12:54:09 PM
  • Valor7: I could have worded that better, we talked details, options, the pros and cons of each, in  order to arrive at the best ballot language to present to the voters. Hope that makes this clearer.
    April 15, 2016, 06:36:14 PM
  • Valor7: sorry about the typos still working with just one arm in action
    April 13, 2016, 01:10:42 PM
  • Valor7: Yes and no. We talked details and options until we were blue in the face but I never heardbring it over, it was always the time was not right for the issue to pass. Glad to see the time in now right and I for one shall vote yes on the ballot. I would urge all others to do the sameour county is busting at the seams crimewise and no matter how many bad guys we send off there always seems to someone to replace them. The Sheriff's Office needs the help.
    April 13, 2016, 01:08:35 PM
  • Lepard LLC: Is that true Valor? Did he ask you what you wanted?
    March 01, 2016, 04:55:37 AM
  • Lepard LLC: Gene Newkirk Rick I have waited for a Sheriff to bring it to me on what he wanted. I have pushed Mr long for a while to get it to me. He told me he was close to having or done. Now hopefully the people will get to decide on it. I spoke with Steve about this a few times.
    March 01, 2016, 04:54:54 AM
  • Kimberly: Wow- I have a new name..........
    February 23, 2016, 10:25:15 PM
  • Lepard LLC: Works on mine, improvements are being done here. I may kick back into her a lot and post but working on different technologies right now. Seeing how things interact.
    January 18, 2016, 09:01:20 AM
  • Valor7: Yes it is working. If you need a laugh the wife showed me how to correctly use the silly thing.
    January 04, 2016, 05:32:59 PM

Author Topic: New York Times tries to do hyperlocal internet news in the suburbs  (Read 3063 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline darrellmaurina

  • Registered User
  • ******************
  • Posts: 5716
  • Karma: +376322/-7230
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile

Share/Bookmark

Fort Wood Hotel

Boards

Devils Elbow

Attractions

Sports

St. Robert

Waynesville

PC Daily

Dixon

Menu Guide

Fun Links

Homework

Crocker

Fort Wood

Swedeborg

Big Piney

Laquey

Classifieds

Restaurants

Richland

Fort  Hotels

There's been an interesting experiment in online journalism going on in the New York City suburbs.
 
One of the Google executives who is concerned about the death of the news media is using his personal fortune to try to start up an online news site in several New Jersey communities that are part of the New York City metropolitan area. He's doing what community newspapers have always regarded as their bread and butter -- covering school boards, city councils, crime, and various community affairs. That's nothing new in small town America; covering those things are the main reason why people buy local newspapers. But it's a niche that has been virtually abandoned by the major metropolitan newspapers as their staffs have been slashed and news content cut to the bare bones, and it's part of why their readers are abandoning the larger newspapers even faster than small newspapers.
 
The Google executive, Tim Armstrong, is described this way: "Tim believes that Patch should be in every community in America, and wants Patch in his town. He wants to read local news stories done by journalists, make sure that local government is transparent and accountable, see all the ways he can give back to his community, and have his town be as interesting and alive online as it is offline. Tim is also a believer in American ingenuity and knows that products like Patch will help deliver a commercially viable way for communities to support the important work of local journalists, institutions, governments, and businesses."
 
Now the New York Times has decided to get involved. There's a debate on that here, at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard: Google exec, NYT go hyper-local
 
http://www.niemanlab.org/2009/03/google-exec-nyt-go-hyper-local/
 
And here:
The New York Times Battles a Googler for New Jersey
http://gawker.com/5162106/the-new-york-times-battles-a-googler-for-new-jersey#viewcomments
 
And here's an article about how the New York Times plans to use City University of New York journalism students to make it happen -- students who know they probably won't have a job when they gradute unless **SOMEBODY** figures out how to do journalism in the Internet age:
 
http://www.buzzmachine.com/2009/02/28/the-times-cuny-and-others-go-hyperlocal/#comment-391146
 
The interesting thing about the last article is how Howard Owens, who was recently run out of GateHouse Media's internet operations (owner of the Waynesville Daily Guide, Rolla Daily News, and Camdenton Sun Leader) says this:
 
"For local to really work, the people in the local community really need identify the news source as their own. People of local interest are the kind of people to be tired of their corporate overlords. Itís not that they object to corporate ownership. They just donít want to have their face rubbed in it by a national brand. They want their local site to have their own local site name on it.
Which brings me to the second related point: the people running the site need to be personally identifiable to the community as part of the community. Itís best if they live in the community, but they at least need to come off as credibility concerned about that community and that community only. There is no substitute for real people in real communities. If you try to ďscaleĒ your local play without people, youíre doomed. It will be exceptionally difficult to drive participation and generate original content."
 
BINGO!!! He gets it!!! Give the guy a gold star!
 
That is **EXACTLY** what is wrong about GateHouse Media, at least how they are wrecking things here in Pulaski County. You just can't fire a well-loved local publisher and bring in an entirely out-of-town staff, and then have most of them not even live locally but actually live in Rolla, and expect things to work.
 
I'm guessing Mr. Owens wanted to say that all along but couldn't say it as long as he was working for GateHouse.
 
Here's more on why news media need to think "niche" rather than mass-media to survive:
 
http://www.niemanlab.org/2009/02/locally-grown-news-gets-a-boost/
 
"As mass journalism markets unbundle and become niche markets, news operations, if they are to survive, will have to join the niche movement rather than fight it. Rather than think in terms of a circulation of, letís say, 100,000, they should think in terms of 100 niche markets of 1,000 each and form membership communities around those niches.
The centerpiece for each membership community will be the news and information tailored to each communityís needs, with a reporter and editing support devoted specifically to each community of 1,000. Online social networking, interactivity, face-to-face events will all be used to build group cohesion."
 
 My take on this?
 
Again, none of this is new to small newspapers. We've been doing this all along. It's why people read small-town newspapers. Maybe the big boys are finally waking up and going back to their own roots -- fifty or a hundred years ago, they were doing the same thing.
Darrell Todd Maurina
Check out the Pulaski County Daily News online newspaper at
http://www.pulaskicountyweb.com
Cell: (573) 433.6733 * FAX: (573) 774-2349
Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/darrellmaurina/
Follow me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darrellmaurina/