Michele McLellan’s List of Hyperlocal News Sites

December 16, 2011 in Community, Craft, Experiments, Resources

[T]he Knight Digital Media Center’s Michele McLellan — also a fellow at the University of Missouri’s Reynolds Journalism Institute — has a mind-blowingly thorough taxonomy of local news organizations across the country. This is definitely a post you’ll want to save for future reference.” Source: Nieman Lab

“As a fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute in 2009, Michele McLellan created a list of promising local news sites. She also developed broad categories for classifying what is emerging on the local news landscape … Among those categories, Block by Block activities are designed with four site types in mind: Community, Local aggregator, Micro local and Local niche. In addition, Michele created criteria for the list that are designed to identify sites that are working on all three legs of the sustainability stool: Content, community engagement and revenue.” Source: Block by Block

 

 

As a

 

 

fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute in 2009, Michele McLellan created a list of promising local news sites. She also developed broad categories for classifying what is emerging on the local news landscape

Among those categories, Block by Block activities are designed with four site types in mind: Community, Local aggregator, Micro local and Local niche.
In addition, Michele created criteria for the list that are designed to identify sites that are working on all three legs of the sustainability stool: Content, community engagement and revenue. (SOURCE: http://www.blockbyblock.us/sample-page/)

2 responses to Michele McLellan’s List of Hyperlocal News Sites

  1. Hello Michele! welcome back to the states, super stoked to hear your list is evolving. (And to see you’re also rolling out http://bit.ly/A6j3ej the Knight Community Information Challenge, that is accepting submissions through Feb. 27.) We’re eager to know more and if we can help with anything from the JA’s end to support the list’s next incarnation. We’re curious what your early thinking is around how the taxonomy may evolve? Will there be new categories of publishers or segments based around emerging business models? Let us know if you’d like to collaborate around a think group conversation, we’d be interested in curating or facilitating a discussion to support (or streamline 🙂 reaching out to folks you may be curious to hear from around what they see emerging or ideas they think might be useful to consider. Let us know, we’re here to help!

  2. Thanks very much for posting this! I welcome feedback on the list and taxonomy.
    I also have a couple of updates:
    1. I am revising the taxonomy – more categories as the landscape becomes more diverse! I will post them and invite your feedback.
    2. Also, working with Anna Tarkov, we are updating the list of sites on an ongoing basis. We are eager to hear from publishers who think their sites should be on the list. Please contact me via JA or at michele dot mclellan at yahoo dot com.

Leave a reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

You can also subscribe without commenting and unsubscribe at any time.