On Monday, the Huffington Post launched its New York edition, which according to Arianna Huffington's blog post about it includes a "curated selection of the best New York news coverage, plus a collection of bloggers." Note that buzzword "curated;" we'll be hearing that a lot as editors become responsible for what they link to, as well as stories that they assign and edit.
In New York, the Huffington Post will be competing with the New York Times, which has launched its own local online editions drawing on Times reporting and bloggers' contributions in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, Brooklyn and Maplewood, Millburn and South Orange, New Jersey. The Huffington Post already has a Chicago edition, launched last year, but in a new partnership announced Monday it will now be sharing stories with ESPNChicago.com, too, according to WebNewser.
As local newspapers shrink, cut back and close, online publishers hope to leap into the lurch by aggregating links to what's left of local TV and newspaper coverage, plus bloggers.
The hyperlocal hope is to cover local communities, even individual city blocks, much more comprehensively than they've ever been covered by mainstream media by inspiring residents to chronicle their own hoods. In the process, many plan to give local businesses highly targeted places to shill their wares in online ads, too.
But it's often hard to gauge how much substance and how much hype there is in hyperlocal initiatives, precisely because they're so local. Personally, I follow with interest two sites, El Cerrito Wire and InBerkeley, which cover two cities adjacent to where I live.
What new blogs and sites are popping up to cover your neighborhood? Do you find them illuminating or wanting?