Month: November 2014

The best hyperlocal sites on the web

*This post is an assignment for my “Journalism in a free society” course. This week’s assignment calls for a compare and contrast of my choice of three news organization startups (I used this list from the Columbia Journalism Review to choose which three to analyze). My focus here is on hyperlocal sites as I continue industry research for my own entrepreneurial news startup. This non-profit news organization caught my attention because of its remarkable roots. Founded by three soon-to-be college graduates in 2005, it was launched under the name The Common Language Project. The trio saw a need for a daily news website that provided an outlet for the high number of immigrants populating Seattle, Washington (about one-fourth of Seattleites are foreign born). A dynamic community of students, foodies, travelers, immigrants, healthcare workers and artists make up the voices behind this news startup. The Seattle Globalist has offices at the University of Washington where it employs a staff of nine writers and editors—most of whom are recipients of several prestigious journalism and media awards. The content: In short, their coverage aims to …