Rumors that AOL’s hyperlocal franchise, Patch.com, will be expanding in a very big way continue to swirl. Meanwhile, Yahoo, Datasphere, Allvoices, OurTown and a handful of others are looking to compete on the local level in a national way, too. So what does the competitive landscape look like?
Apart from the local newspaper and TV news operations in each market, the range of independent news outlets varies greatly, according to Michele McLellan, a fellow at the Reynolds Institute for Journalism. McLellan is cataloging and classifying as many independent news websites, blogs and companies as she can find.
Not surprisingly, she has identified hundreds already and is hoping you will help her find more.