Posts Tagged ‘NowPublic’

Hyperlocal – Core Dimensions (Part 1)

February 14, 2010 2 comments

This is the second in a series of posts on key dimensions of Hyperlocal. Other posts in this series are:

In the initial post in this series, I introduced the following core dimensions of Hyperlocal/Local:

  1. Local News/Journalism
  2. Local Business/Commerce
  3. Local Advertising
  4. Local Community
  5. HyperLocal Business Models

This post will briefly explore the first 2 dimensions – Local News and Local Business/Commerce.

Local/Hyperlocal News

An important service to the Local community is News about the Community, or Community perspectives and reactions to the News. A nice definition of HyperLocal News is provided by Christopher Wink here: Hyperlocal news: a definition.

Keeping Informed about HyperLocal News Media

Here are a few of the sites I regularly visit to keep track of happenings in the Local/Hyperlocal News media space:


There are many, many Hyperlocal blogs and websites currently servicing their local communities. Wink provides a nice overview of some of the major ones in his post Hyperlocal news sites worth following.

Platform Providers

This is a core area of innovation at present, and a slew of recent acquisitions by major media companies of hyperlocal news platform providers illustrates this point.

Some of the key innovators:

Citizen Journalism

Often Hyperlocal news sites leverage Citizen Journalists as contributors to their site. A very interesting example of this approach is, which I blogged about here.

Real-time News Feeds

Finally, with the rise of Twitter, real-time geotagged feeds are also breaking onto the scene. Pat Kitano‘s Hyperlocal Curation of Real Time News post from November 2009 provides some interesting examples. Kitano’s Breaking News Network is a powerful example of location-relevant breaking news.

And of course, Twitter has launched location-based Trending Topics, would should add additional impetus to this trend.

Local Business/Commerce

Here, we’re talking about the commercial aspect of HyperLocal. A profound insight into the potential de-coupling of “core” Local News from Local Business services was recently delivered by Clay Shirky at the Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy in September 2009. A must-listen-to presentation IMHO.

There are many, many players and platforms that service local business needs, with many more soon to come no doubt. Here are a smattering of players in a very competitive space:

Business Listings – General

Business Listings – Niche

Services – Niche


As you can see, there are a number of different spaces by which software providers and hosting sites are seeking to provide services for local commerce. In the next post, we’ll look at two additional hyperlocal/local dimensions: Advertising and Community.


Leonard Brody – How Journalism and News Media must change

January 30, 2010 Leave a comment

In a recent post, I highlighted a presentation delivered by Leonard Brody on Change and Entrepreneuralism. Here’s another presentation given by Brody in January 2009 in Qatar on how Journalism and News Media are changing in a 24×7 connected world:

Brody is the co-founder of NowPublic, which was recently acquired by the Clarity Digital Group which owns and operates

He’s a great speaker I might add.


Leonard Brody – Revolutionary Change and being an Entrepreneur

January 30, 2010 1 comment

Wonderful keynote give by Leonard Brody on deep, fundamental technology-driven changes in our world, and what it means to be an entrepreneur in these times. Brody delivered his talk in October 2009 at the Connect ’09, an event for tech start-ups and innovators, organized by the BC Innovation Council. Here’s the video:

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Thanks to Alfred Hermida, UBC Professor of Journalism, for highlighting Brody’s talk in his blog post Leonard Brody on thinking like an Entrepreneur.

Brody, BTW, is also the co-founder of NowPublic, which was recently acquired by the Clarity Digital Group which owns and operates


HyperLocal News Network –

January 10, 2010 2 comments

Being somewhat new to the rapidly evolving HyperLocal space, I was quite impressed when I stumbled upon (link for Vancouver site).

The Examiner as a Citizen Journalism network – Overview

As explained in this TechCrunch article from 2008 titled The Now Wants to Become A Bastion Of Citizen Journalism, The Examiner is creating a national network of Citizen Journalists to cover news and happenings in their local communities and topics of interest.

The Examiner calls these citizen journalists Examiners. To browse the Examiners in Vancouver, click on the Vancouver Examiners Directory. You can also create your personalized Examiner page to follow your favorite Examiners.

Examiner acquires NowPublic Citizen Journalism platform

In September 2009, The Examiner acquired Citizen Journalism blogging platform NowPublic. NowPublic is a great platform, and should position the Examiner very well in the emerging emerging Citizen Journalism hyperlocal news space.

The Social Production of Local News

Are we witnessing the emergence of a critical ecosystem that will pose a serious challenge to dominant local market newspapers? Are we witnessing the emergence of a social production model in local news similar to Wikipedia’s emergence to challenge the commercial Encyclopedia organizations? I think so.