Editorial: A look at hyperlocal blogging

Posted on April 12, 2010

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A view of the OMI from Merced Heights - San Francisco News (1938)

Running a hyperlocal blog can be a changing task. I mean, unless you have a media giant behind you, it takes a lot of time an effort, both of which I own in small burst. As a result, this blog, despite its newfound advocates, is small at best. However, the thing I love about this hyperlocal blogs is that if done correctly, the community can benefit from the exposure and flow of communication present. Furthermore, as the journalist running the blog (or blogger, whatever) you can learn a lot about a community.

J-Students at SF State are notorious running into a neighborhood, advocating and bringing exposure to the place and then disappearing. Unfortunately, this model of hit-and-run reporting is part of being a journalist. You go where the stories are. And if you can get a fresh angle from Bayview or Ingleside, great, but know people don’t want these stories. Well, at least newspapers think that.

All this hyperlocal nonsense, I think, can at least ground reporters in a neighborhood that they can grow and learn in. Furthermore, the first person perspective can add a lot more character than a typical news story. That being said, it’s hard not feel like you’re using a community for your gain. I especially feel that though I’m focusing on the Ingleside, an often forgotten part of the city (though that’s changing), as soon as this semester ends and I get that grade, I’m done. No motivation is better motivation than cash or grades. Luckily, organizations like Newswire21 are looking to create a more citizen approach to journalism. I can’t help however to feel that this, too, will be a fad like subheads.

This media thing moves way too quickly.

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