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How to build a successful local news web site (Hint: Don’t start with your newspaper)

In an article written for Harvard’s Nieman Reports special issue on Local News, Richard Anderson, founder of the award-winning Village Soup web sites argues that most newspapers get it all wrong when they go on the web because they think of the site as a performance, a stage show, while his "community host" model combines that "show" with something like a trade show floor where everyone can gather to share ideas, browse and buy. Here’s Richard:

The conventional community newspaper approach to going online is analogous to an event production; just as a star performs on stage, reporters

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How to create a blog for your paper, magazine or show – NOW

So you want to try blogging – NOW? Don’t want to wait for our over-burdened digital media folks to get around to implementing or building out blogs for your paper using our TOPS and TED system?Outsource it.That’s what the Spec, The Record and The Mercury are doing. They’re all using the Typepad service from Six Apart. I"ve been using it for several years now and can attest to it’s ease of use, flexibility and stability.I’ve helped a half dozen non-bloggers become bloggers, a list that inlcudes several decidedly "non-techie" types, so Typepad must be doing something write in the

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