Hyperlocal Journalism

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Cobourg beach fiasco: hyperlocal journalism at it should be

Northumberland Today reporter Pete Fisher launched a maelstrom this week after reporting on the lack of bylaw enforcement along Cobourg’s waterfront over the long August Civic Holiday weekend. His timing from a journalistic perspective was everything, as a confluence of events magnified the problems. First, a recent┬áToronto Star article extolling the virtues of Cobourg beach was a tourism promoters dream come true. The idyllic picture of a pristine beach populated by families enjoying the summer along the lakeshore couldn’t have been better. Second, the annual Sandcastle Festival took place, drawing huge crowds. It was also the DBIA’s Sidewalk Sale, but that was more of a local promotion. Continue Reading →

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Hyperlocal journalism at its best

So many times journalists think great journalism is complicated, complex, investigative stories that bring down the powerful elite. And, while it is true, there is something about a simple, straight-foward piece of solid reporting that can be beat. Take for example this tiny story done by journalist Bob Owen in Cramahe Now, a hyperlocal news site covering the village of Colborne and the surrounding township about 90 minutes east of Toronto on Lake Ontario. A reader calls up Owen to complain about a $5 fee being charged to local residents for each child using the summer recreation program. Owen reported earlier last month that council decided to make all programs free to kids from the village. Continue Reading →

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The Canadian Hyperlocal News Project launches

In an effort to explore innovative forms of journalism, the Canadian Hyperlocal News Project begins today. This article by Robert Washburn, professor of e-journalism at Loyalist College, starts the investigation with some basic terminology and an overview of this growing trend. But, it will not stop here. Over the upcoming days and months, the project will post articles, blogs, resources, links and other important materials to enhance the understanding of hyperlocal journalism and assist those interested in starting a hyperlocal news site. In addition, there will be opportunities for discussion on relevant topics and chances for timely debate on breaking news. Continue Reading →

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