Project for Excellence in Journalism has released its report, "The State of the News Media 2007," and I'd really like to read it before commenting on it. Unfortunately I didn't make it past the first page of the 38-page executive summary before stumbling over this sentence:
For some, the new brand is what Wall Street calls “hyper localism” (consider the end of foreign bureaus at the Boston Globe or the narrowing of the coverage area at the Atlanta Journal Constitution).
No, no no! That's not hyperlocal. Not even close.
The Boston Globe doesn't do hyperlocal -- not yet, anyway. (They've hired innovator Bob Kempf from hyperlocal competitor WickedLocal.com.)
And as for the AJC, all it did was stop delivering the paper to remote towns where almost nobody was reading the paper anyway. What does that have to do with hyperlocalism? If anything AJC is moving the opposite direction, reducing the numbers of locally zoned editions and enlarging the zones.
There's a lot of good material in this year's report, but not on this topic.