I had the distinct pleasure of taking part in a panel on the significance and future of Hyper-Local sponsored by ONA-NYC at NYU this past Wednesday. The panel included Warren Webster, President of Patch; Jeff Yang, Project Director of OurChinatown.org, Mary Giordano, Metro Editor, New York Times, Kelly Virella, Deputy Editor CityLimits Magazine & Leela de Kretser, Editorial Director and Publisher at DNAinfo.com. The lively and informative discussion was ably moderated by Brooke Kroeger, the director of NYU’s Arthur L Carter Institute of Journalism.
I was humbled by the fact that the NYC chapter of the Online News Association (ONA) even considered me to be a part of this stellar group. The panel reaffirmed my belief that one of the reasons the Uptown Collective is successful is that we don’t cover the neighborhood, we are the neighborhood. I also found Jeff Yang of OurChinatown.org to be a kindred spirit as our sites are so similar in our reasons for being, our scope and our focus. If you are interested in the future of journalism, then the monthly meetups of ONANYC are the place to be.
For more info: http://www.meetup.com/ONA-NYC/
Video courtesy of NYU Journalism: http://journalism.nyu.edu/