Sunday, July 12, 2009

Will community websites like Nixle fill void in local news coverage?

Joel Currier writes:

I may regret starting this discussion, but let’s talk a bit about the changing nature of print journalism.

It’s no secret that newspapers across the country are in survival mode, cutting staff and shrinking the amount of space for local and international coverage in attempts to reduce costs.

So when I received a press release this morning about the St. Charles Police Department joining Nixle.com, an online information service designed to alert residents to timely, targeted “community-level” public safety information online, I couldn’t help but raise this question:

Isn’t that pretty much what local news media already do, despite the industry’s ongoing financial challenges?


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