A Case of the Hyperlocal Cooties

Friday, December 20, 2013


As announced in David Carr’s New York Times column last weekend, AOL’s hyperlocal news network Patch may be on the verge of being shut down. This news has cast a pall over the viability of hyperlocal news. Bob speaks to BuzzMachine blogger, and hyperlocal enthusiast, Jeff Jarvis about the future of hyperlocal. 


Jeff Jarvis

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reporter from round lake, il

The classical definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and each time expecting a different outcome. Hyperlocal framework is example of that where real and high spirited journalism meets reality of free content. What is amazing here is an utter and complete lack of analysis that is a little bit critical of the current model and what is the reality on the ground. It also amazed me that the interview with local NY paper did pass on an opportunity of what their so-called "investigative" work consists of. Why there was no example? I think the answer is obvious, none but any type of professional standard. The bottom line is that any serious content journalism in the US (as opposite to other countries where reporters put their lives on the line for the truth telling) is DEAD. And the ones who are still and alive and thriving please check out the great site: www.shameproject.com. In the age of shameless entrepreneurship aka spin and outright lying, hyperlocal provider aka. small business owner will look at the lowest common denominator of news content and lowest cost. PERIOD. To imply differently is simply dishonest.

Dec. 22 2013 02:47 PM
Leo from Chicago from Chicago

Oy, why ask Jarvis about any of this?

Dec. 22 2013 02:30 PM

There already exists a wildly popular hyperlocal framework that millions of Americans use for vital information, as well as a platform to practice and showcase their own insights and reporting talents. It is the opposite of topic.net, patch.com -- not to mention gannett's facebook-only dead network or npr's non-existent online community network (I mention these two companies since the game is their's to lose). I speak of yelp.com, brimming with talent and passion and insight.

As they say in the future, today sushi, tomorrow zoning!

Dec. 21 2013 01:17 PM

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