I was invited to talk on Chicago’s PBS show, Chicago Tonight, last night to discuss my time at Journatic and the future of hyperlocal news. No matter how much you prepare, everything seems to happen very fast. You never get a chance to say everything you wanted to say.
If I had more time, I wish I had been able to say the following:
- The data reporting component of Journatic was and is a great business model. You can be sure that many news organizations are looking into recreating it right now. Some have even said so publicly.
- Hyperlocal news is not solely the domain of large news organizations. There are hundreds of independently owned news sites and community newspapers that do a great job. I’m proud to be a founding member of a new trade association representing some of them, the Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers.
- News organizations need to provide content AND put it in a local context. The local context part is main tool news organizations have to keeping their readership and viewers.
- Off-shore and out-of-newsroom work is only going to increase. The cost savings are just too great and news organizations do not have the luxury of ignoring any way they can save money.