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Filling the Newspaper Void?

Hyperlocal websites:

With many newspapers ailing, there’s been a steady drumbeat of layoffs at major news organizations — nearly 25,000 jobs have been lost at papers since 2008, according to Paper Cuts, a blog that tracks the layoffs.

But a relatively new crop of “hyperlocal” news sites is growing into the void left by failing news organizations.

Most of the hyperlocal sites focus exclusively on a community in a tight geographic area. Some are trying to find new ways to fund the news, since nearly all online information is free. They’re also experimenting with unconventional ways of gathering the news: Several nonprofit news sites publish reports from volunteer reporters who are active in the neighborhoods they cover.

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