Local news

Local news

In journalism, local news refers to news coverage of events in a local context which would not normally be of interest to those of other localities, or otherwise be of national or international scope.


The term "hyperlocal" is sometimes used to refer to news coverage of community-level events. In the past, the mainstream media has not covered, e.g. street repair on your street, because most people's interest extends beyond their own neighborhood to their city, their state, their nation, and the wide world of science and international affairs beyond. The increased usage of digital media devices (e.g. photo and video cameras, audio recorders), blogs, new media, and participation in social media, has made hyperlocal media content more widely available, but unfortunately it has not made it more interesting, at least not across the board. However, this has not stopped mainstream media moguls from becoming fascinated in the possibility that local-scale media availability, when multiplied by many small locales, will somehow come to their rescue, driving reader eyeballs and advertising dollars to their media sites.

Tim Lindgren has used the term "place blogging" to describe weblogs that focus on events and people with a hyperlocal scope.Tim Lindgren, " [http://english.ttu.edu/kairos/10.1/binder2.html?coverweb/lindgren/index.htm Blogging Places: Locating Pedagogy in the Whereness of Weblogs] ," "Kairos" 10.1, Fall, 2005]

ee also

* Open source journalism
* Citizen journalism
* Participatory journalism
* Social media


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