Local news on the web is a fast growing corner of the online news world, with hundreds of publishers around the country and even its own national trade association. The challenge for local news publishers is “to balance the daily rush of news with the monthly challenge of meeting a financial budget,” DavidsonNews.net editor David Boraks said in a speech at Davidson College Thursday night.
Boraks is the James K. Batten Visiting Professor of Public Policy at the college this fall, and on Thursday delivered the annual Batten Lecture in Sloan Music Center’s Tyler-Tallman Hall, on the topic “CommunityNews-dot-Net: How the Web Is Transforming Community News – and Communities.”
The talk outlined the state of community news and how independent news websites are bringing journalistic standards to the local web, and helping to build community.
Boraks is the founder and publisher of Davidson News LLC, a Lake Norman area online network that includes DavidsonNews.net and CorneliusNews.net. At Davidson this fall he has been teaching Communications Studies 327: “Community Journalism.” He’s also a part-time announcer for Charlotte public radio station WFAE-FM, 90.7.
He also is a member of the Local Independent Online News Publishers, a national association of community online news publishers.
Listen to an audio replay of David Boraks’ lecture. Click the play button to start. Can’t see the player or hear the audio? CLICK HERE> (MP3, 43:11)
Dec. 5, 2013, Download the text of David Boraks’s speech, as prepared. (PDF)