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The news site has an unusual policy on crime reporting: No names or mugshots of those arrested unless they’re public figures, the arrest is judged to be a public emergency, or its reporters are able to interview the accused directly.
WNHH, debuting next week, aims to extend the community journalism of the New Haven Independent to the airwaves — and to reflect the city it’s in.
It’s been one of the notable successes in nonprofit online community journalism. Now the Independent is dealing with an issue common to small outlets: staff turnover.
Why be limited to one medium? Taking to the terrestrial airwaves would bring a new audience to the Independent’s journalism.
Nonprofits are great, but a replicable, sustainable model for making money in local news online is the holy grail. In upstate New York, The Batavian is showing the way.
In this excerpt from The Wired City, Dan Kennedy examines how the New Haven Independent — one of the brightest stars of local online journalism — proved both its mettle and its distinctive take on the news when covering a major crime.
The new approach: “We will be posting comments that help to illuminate the story; that provide history and context and perspective that will guide New Haven Independent readers to a more thorough understanding of what is going on.”
Dan Kennedy, who’s writing a book about the New Haven Independent, hopes it will reverse its decision to suspend user comments.
December 15, 2010
August 20, 2010