Hyperlocal news

Good community journalism key to success of newspaper industry

Howard Owens writes that “hyperlocal” news, often-heralded as the savior of the news business, is really just community journalism — something big dailies have gotten away from lately

His description of good community journalism sounds a lot like what many small-town newspapers are doing, and have been doing for years. He writes:

“… there is something to be said for finding fervor and valor in cherishing your home town and the unique individuals that give it vitality.

“As journalists, we’ve gotten away from cherishing community — that isn’t objective enough — and it’s hurt not only democracy, but our business model.”

By Andrew Chavez

Andrew Chavez is a Web specialist at the Dallas Morning News. Before joining the News, he worked at the Austin American-Statesman and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.