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Bay Area News Project Envisions $12 Million Revenues

Local news cooperatives are now in development in San Diego, Chicago, Hawaii and San Francisco. The latter, known as The Bay Area News Project, is building up with a $5 million investment from philanthropist Warren Hellman, who apparently thought it…

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Vermont’s Front Porch Forum: Half of 15,000 Members Post

Vermont’s Front Porch Forum is a hyperlocal network that has thrived, usage-wise, without relying on much of anything other than its authentic community voice. As recounted in an article in this month’s Yankee magazine by enviro-writer Bill McKibben, the hyperlocal…

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AOL’s Patch.com Set for ‘Hundreds’ of Communities

Jon Brod, EVP, AOL Ventures Patch.com, AOL's hyperlocal network, will grow from its tally of 30 sites today to "hundreds" by the end of 2010, per an internal memo read by Business Insider (and that we saw on www.netnewscheck.com). The…

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Fisher Communications Lands 1,000 Hyperlocal Advertisers

DataSphere, a hyperlocal enabler and sales agent for local media companies, says that Northwest TV and radio giant Fisher Communications has now sold more than 1,000 hyperlocal advertisers using Datasphere's neighborhood-specific content and sales system. The system is now in…

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Examiner.com Nears 30,000 Local Contributors

Examiner.com, the Philip Anschutz-backed site that calls itself “the insider source for everything local,” says it is likely to pass 30,000 active contributors, or "Examiners,"  within days, and 85,000 by 2011. The current tally includes 1,234 active contributors in L.A.,…

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EBay Founder Planning Local News Service in Hawaii

EBay founder Pierre Omidyar  and former eBay VP Randy Ching are setting up a local public affairs and civic news site in Hawaii, where Omidyar lives, according to a post on Omidyar's blog that was picked up by paidContent. Former…

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EveryBlock Gets Social With ‘Notify Your Neighbors’

MSNBC.com’s EveryBlock is moving beyond its roots as a hard-core aggregator of hyperlocal data with its first social feature: “Notify Your Neighbors.” The feature, which has been tested for over a month, is similar to other sites, such as Rottenneighbor.com,…

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ILM:09: Mapping for Online Success

Mapping has become less about radius of where you are and more about what people define as local, how far people are willing to travel and the importance of certain events or locations in their community. While the advertising paradigm…

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HyperLocal Featured on PBS’ News Hour

The News Hour with Jim Lehrer followed The New York Times' lead today with a segment on “news alternatives” (audio download here). Featured on the program were Joel Kramer of MinnPost, John Brod from Patch.com and Esther Thorson from The…

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The NYT Covers Hyperlocal: It Isn’t Always About Journalism

The New York Times weighs in today on whether hyperlocal sites will fill the local coverage gap left by shrunken or collapsed newspapers -- never mind that newspapers themselves have only recently rediscovered neighborhood-level news themselves. Almost of their attention…

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Marketplaces 2009: Citysearch CEO Jay Herratti

Citysearch CEO Jay Herratti, in a keynote at Marketplaces 2009 in Los Angeles, stressed that there are four things local sites need to focus on: being "more local," "mobile," "social" and "balanced." “Local is really an evolution,” he said. “Now…

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New AOL Chief Tim Armstrong a Big Champion of Local

Tim Armstrong, AOL’s new CEO, is a very big believer in local, with personal investments in a New York-area hyperlocal site (Patch) via his Polar Investments. Moreover, in his previous role as head of sales for Google, he frequently commented…

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The NY Times Goes Hyperlocal With ‘The Local’

The New York Times has largely steered clear of local business advertising since its unsuccessful foray into local sales in the late 1990s, when it was working with Zip2. But now it is clearly reviving its local advertiser push. Last…

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HelloMetro Rides Google’s City Name Keywords

One of the homespun stories of interactive local media is the rise of HelloMetro, a city guide company that started in 1999 as an entrepreneurial effort in Louisville, Kentucky, and has since grown to include 15 staffers, including five direct…

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