How mobile devices are creating hyperlocal opportunities


Poynter recently published an article discussing the potential for mobile devices and geotargeting to enhance hyperlocal and community news. The first section focuses on EveryBlock’s relaunch and the highly localized user experience.

EveryBlock’s recent resurrection raises hopes that digital media efforts can help stoke interest in hyperlocal news. Focusing tightly on Chicago neighborhoods, EveryBlock connects users to information about crime, civic developments and calendar events – down to the block level – and brings neighbors together to talk with each other virtually.

The article also goes into how location technology such as GPS could help augment traditional reporting at live events such as festivals, by placing user-generated content, such as photographs and videos alongside those that were professionally produced.

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