Here’s the latest 4MR audio report from MediaShift. In this week’s edition, I look at the recent sale of micro-local data site EveryBlock to MSNBC.com and the issue of its open source code. Plus, Washington Post announced it would discontinue hyper-local site LoudonExtra.com. I also have a special report from tech conference Gnomedex, where UW teacher Kathy Gill is teaching communications students about Twitter.
Check it out:
Background music is “What the World Needs” by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.
Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:
MSNBC.com Acquires EveryBlock, a Hyperlocal News Start-up at NYT Bits Blog
Hyperlocal is harder than you think at Puget Sound Business Journal
WaPo Closing Hyperlocal Site LoudounExtra at PaidContent
The Knight Foundation News Challenge, Open Source, and the Future of Hyperlocal at Open Parenthesis
Washington Post Ends Hyperlocal News Experiment at NYT Bits Blog
Here’s a graphical view of last week’s MediaShift survey results. The question was “Would you stop using your iPhone because of its App Store policies?”
Also, be sure to vote in our poll about what you think the future of hyper-local news sites will be.
Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.