If ever there were a story made for hyperlocal media, it’d be gentrification, right? What issue is more likely to spur resident interest and reader engagement? How better for a local paper or neighborhood website to demonstrate the unique grasp its staff has on the history and character of its community than in covering the threat and reality of change? If only it were easier to pay for all that expertise and to compete with other demands on reader attention. If only it were a simpler story to begin with.
Veralyn Williams, the managing editor of Brooklyn Deep (a relatively new hyperlocal site for Central Brooklyn with which City Limits has been lucky to partner in the past) and host of its excellent Third Rail podcast invited me on last week to chat with her and executive editor Mark Winston-Griffith about hyperlocal news and the gentrification story. Give it a listen: