Garrick calls it hyperlocal on his latest First Crack podcast where he chats with Dan Haugen, founder of the new (est. Nov. 2006) (The) Northeast Beat blog. But that’s so 20th century. For the 21st C we have: Placeblogging.
Terminology aside, it’s a good interview that covers citizen media issues and specifically Dan’s background and his hopes for Northeast Beat where he’s just added a couple of wikis for event listings and publishing community meeting reports.
I will nominate Dan’s feed to be included in the new Minneapolis Wi-Fi Portal (aka “walled garden”), currently under discussion. The goal is to have hyperlocal journalism sources (oops, placeblogs) that would be tied to an area. So in Northeast Minneapolis, Northeast Beat’s feed would appear in the portal. The portal itself would be available to anyone with Wi-Fi connectivity — you don’t need an Internet Service account.
So Dan, please change your current feed so it displays full posts and not just a paragraph. This is of convenience for those of us who like to read everything in one place and it may be a requirement of the portal to prevent linking out to the larger Web.