November 15, 2009
Hyperlocal Journalism with BuddyPress. In June 2009, Ted Mann, the Digital Development Director for Gannett NJ, spearheaded the launch of InJersey.com, a network of six hyperlocal blogs, all powered by WordPress, BuddyPress, and the journalists from Gannetts five New Jersey newspapers. However, unlike most competitor blogs or anything else on the newspaper sites InJersey allows open registration and posting, and fosters citizen journalists through community outreach and training. In this session, Mann will discuss the planning that went into the site, the plugins and themes that power it, plans for monetizing it, and how hyperlocal may radically change the face of the news industry in the next few years.