As a community journalist, covering sedate towns, few folks have heard of, with populations seldom exceeding 20,000, I’d often wondered if print media big-wigs, such as the New York Times would ever get into the business of hyperlocal reporting.
And now, that’s a reality.
Earlier this month, the paper made its community-reporting debut with the launch of The Local, dedicated to covering the neighborhoods of Green Point and Clinton Hill, in New York City, and Maplewood, Milburn, and South Orange, in New Jersey.
By way of introducing the project, Andy Newman, the paper’s reporter and blogger writes:
Welcome to our big little experiment.
Starting today, The Local is an online news site for these communities.
But if we build it right together, The Local will be something much more: a glorious, if a cacophonous, chorus of your voices singing the song of life, itself, in these astoundingly varied and vibrant neighborhoods.