News is what the editor sees on the way to work…
Years ago when I started work in the new media department of a local newspaper, I spotted this saying somewhere, “news is what the editor sees on the way to work””.
I thought this was a silly throw away remark, but the more I worked with the editor the more I realised that his personal news agenda was almost inescapable and ‘what he saw on the way to work’ was actually really important. In fact the more that all the journalists saw about the area that they knew the more informed the news would be.
Unfortunately journalists have reduced greatly in number, rarely live in the areas that they cover and almost never come from these neighbourhoods. This is the niche that good hyperlocal can really fill.