In this edition of our ‘Behind the Stories’ podcast, UConn Journalism seniors Amanda Cabral, Madison Geerlof and Ryley McGinnis talked with the editors of three thriving hyperlocal news websites in Connecticut: Doug Hardy of CT News Junkie, Ronni Newton of We-Ha.com, and Michael Dinan of the New Canaanite.
The most popular hyperlocal news sites focus on a specific town or region or beat. The key to running a hyperlocal news site, according to the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University, is to make content very local, like the community newspapers that preceded them.
Learn more about how these Connecticut journalist/entrepreneurs have found success, often by themselves or with only a small team. The three editors discuss their typical workflow, explain how they find stories and engage with their audiences, and predict the future of their news sites.
Top photo, from left: Doug Hardy of CTNewsJunkie, Ronni Newton of We-Ha.com, Mike Dinan of NewCanaanite.