With the future of traditional publishing still uncertain and no clear business model to support great local journalism, plenty of experiment have cropped up all over. Ur-blogger Dave Winer has been shepherding some cool web sites that cover my old neighborhood, Manhattan's East Village. He's definitely on to something when he touts these kinds of organic start-ups over cookie-cutter models like Patch.com or Outside.in.
Anyway, I thought now would be a good time to remind that in spots around the world and even in the US, local sites are kicking butt. Here in NYC, we have quite a few. I keep an aggregator of East Village blogs. Pretty interesting reading.
A couple of my favorites, close to home and a former home are NYU Local and Berkeleyside.
I think the common thing is people who care. Who wants to read local news prepared by software. I find it interesting to know what interests people near me. I find the idea of an algorithm making the choices to be sterile, void of nutrients. Unhappy!
-Scripting News, March 7, 2011