Local and community websites

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Czech hyperlocal experiment with coffee, community consulting said to be shuttered

PPF Media, a.s., a unit of the Czech Republic-based insurance and banking conglomerate, was pioneering a new form of "hyperlocal" journalism based on websites in small cities and large towns, supported by regional weeklies, and a national desk in Prague called Futuroom -- and coffee shops.  But is the idea being shuttered?

AUDIO: Laid-off Kenosha, Wis., reporter seeks advice on starting non-profit online news community

 Denise Lockwood is like thousands of U.S. daily newspaper reporters -- she fell victim to staff reductions. But she's not giving up reporting -- she's pursuing her passion online.

Seattle-based TV-station operator acquires hyperlocal pioneer Pegasus News of Dallas

Seattle-based Fisher Communications, a TV operator, acquired hyperlocal news internet pioneer Pegasus News, started by Michael Orren in Dallas. (PROFILE)

<a href="http://newshare.typepad.com/mgp2006/2006/10/placebloggercom.html">Placeblogger.com -- 600 U.S. blogs focused on news an

Lisa Williams, proprietress of H2oTown.info, the website for Watertown, Mass., launched on Jan. 1, 2007 a project called Placeblogger.com, which has found and is categorizing at least 740 U.S. blogs which write news, comentary or features about a U.S. local community. She talked about it Oct. 5 at J-Lab's Citizens Media Summit II, meeting in Washington, D.C. DOWNLOAD MP3 INTERVIEW (13 mins./5.7MB) ADDITIONAL STORY.

RESOURCES: A PDF-downloadable guide to creating a citizen-journalism site offered by "Hartsville Today" founders

K. Paul Mallasch at the MuncieFreePress.com has taken note of a tremendous resource for budding citizen journalists. The staff of the Hartsville [S.C.]Today CitiJ website in Hartsville, S.C., have authored -- in PDF format -- a guide to setting up a citizen journalism site. (PDF DOWNLOAD) Mallasch also references a 2005 participatory-media study by Hypergene's Shayne Bowman and Chris Willis.

New Jersey's BaristaNet founder's essay on the essence of a local news community

Debra Gallant, who started in early 2005 a local news community weblog for the Montclaire, N.J., region, has guest authored a deeply literate post to Jay Rosen's PressThink site about why she started BaristaNet and how it differs from the traditional concept of mainstream "watchdog journalism." ---->

BBC's Vogel discusses iCan Network in MGP Q&A

Martin Vogel of the BCC's iCan Network is pioneering citizen-contributed journalism. He discusses aspects of the iCan project with Media Giraffe Project research Kristen Hamill.

Boston suburban news blogger Lisa Williams at H20Town explains her motivation and methods

What's it like to have small children, and take on the responsibility of writing a community-news weblog for an aging suburb of 35,000 people -- working alone, as a volunteer? Lisa Williams has been doing that for her hometown of Watertown, Mass., a close-in Boston suburb, for more than two years (as of November 2005), and she's written about her blog, called H20Town.

CNN/Money profiles "hyper-local" community blogs: Can they make money?

The CNN/Money website covers the world of so-called "hyper-local" community websites in an Oct. 27 dispatch which mentions Maine's Village Soup, plus WestPort Now and several other blogs. The bottom line: Author Steve Hargreaves isn't sure how money money can be made on this services, which he characterizes as serving more of a social than business purpose. Read HERE, or HERE.

Leaders of local "citizen media" efforts gather in Maryland to trade notes on the field

Some 60 or more leaders of local "citizen media" websites are gathering in College Park, Md.,for a chance to update each other on their operations. The event is organized by the Institute for Interactive Journalism.
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