Tom Grubisich

  • SeeClickFix Grows Its Base to Over One Million Problem-Flagging Citizens

    SeeClickFix, which has used 21st-century technology to fix 2,666,448 problems (and still counting) in municipalities and other jurisdictions around the country, has just moved into a repurposed 19th-century building in downtown New Haven. In this Q & A, CEO Ben Berkowitz talks about how the company he founded eight years ago has grown into a network of more than a million ...

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  • Jersey’s New Brunswick Today Punches Its Way to a New Model for Local News

    Does Central New Jersey’s New Brunswick Today represent the future of local news? Consider what it’s already doing: Publishing a free monthly print edition in addition to its website. Carrying editorial content in English and Spanish in both its digital and print editions to reach the large Hispanic and Latino populations of New Brunswick, which comprise 50% of the city’ ...

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  • Can Chat Apps Help Local Papers ‘Talk’ Their Way Out of Distress?

    Local newspapers keep grasping for the giant numbers that Facebook dangles in front of them: millions upon millions of unique visitors, and billions of pageviews. With such numbers, the partnerships between the newspapers and Facebook are supposed to be a “win-win.” But the results are proving to be quite different.

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  • TownNews Founder: News Sites Will ‘Perish’ Without Latest AdTech

    In 1989, the 2,400-baud modem was state-of-the-art in transmitting digital data over balky telephone lines with their old-fashioned analog technology. In northwest Montana. veteran journalist Marc Wilson, the new owner of the weekly Bigfork Eagle, used this small black box to enter what he saw as the new era of digital publishing.

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  • Broadstreet CEO: ‘Value’ in Local Publishing Is More Than Scale

    Since its launch in early 2012, the ad-service company Broadstreet has grown to 250 mostly independent local news publishers and trade publications. In this Q & A, Broadstreet founder and CEO Kenny Katzgrau talks about what he calls the “growing divide” between publishers, like local newspaper groups, who pitch advertisers with the scale of big numbers of pageviews, and ...

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  • Moms and Dads Do the Crowdsourcing at New Hyperlocal Network ParentNation

    There are 50 million children 12 and under in the U.S., and Renee Levine of Scarsdale, NY. – the mother of two of them – sees the parents of many of those kids as the crowdsourcing future of her new website ParentNation. Levine and her husband Josh launched their hyperlocal-zoned site in September in the New York City suburbs of Westchester County, N.Y.

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  • Will the New Political Landscape Reinvigorate Local News?

    Keystroke by keystroke, local news is reinventing itself to find the path to digital success. It’s not happening consistently or everywhere, but the spirit of innovation, with validating rewards in audience and revenue, can be found at sites in communities across America. (See links in the note at end of this column.

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  • At Hearst Newspapers, a New Digital Strategy to End ‘Flying Blind’

    Just how far local newspapers have to go to plant their flag commandingly in the fiercely competitive world of digital is summed up in a revealing story told by Robertson (Rob) Barrett, the new digital chief at Hearst Newspapers. “Every single editor I’ve spoken to feels they’re flying blind,” he said. “They don’t have information about the interests of the people in their market.

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  • GateHouse’s Newton: ‘We Want to Own More Local Newspapers’

    GateHouse Media is a sprawling giant among local and community news publications. It owns 125 daily newspapers and 316 weeklies with a combined 3.3 million subscribers in over 415 markets nationwide and its 530 websites reach 35 million people. But it is determined to keep growing as the centerpiece of its holding company, the expansion-minded New Media Investment Group, in a ...

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  • TAPinto Grows to 57 News Franchises, Eyes National Reach

    In 2008, suburban New Jerseyans Mike and Lauryn Shapiro saw their 1-year-old son come through risky open-heart surgery successfully. Filled with gratitude, Mike scrapped his career as a litigation attorney in Manhattan and he and and wife decided to instead pursue a future built around social good.

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  • Jim Friedlich: Champion of ‘New Class’ of Metro-Sized News Sites

    There is a “new class” of entrepreneurial local news startups as well as aggressive new digital investment at “heritage” newspapers, according to longtime news publishing executive Jim Friedlich. The startups mark their boundaries not by neighborhood but metro area. They also emphasize, in product design, content selection and presentation, mobile-first user-friendliness.

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  • Burbio Creates Smarter Community Calendars for Local Events

    Calendar and event sites in surburban towns have a “massive pain point” for consumers, according to hyperlocal entrepreneurs Dennis and Julie Roche of Pelham, N.Y. Consumers are often stuck sifting through irrelevant listings in local publications to find what they need, and they don’t have a means to directly integrate the events they do want to know about into their personal calendars.

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  • Two Nashville Independents Merge to Go ‘BIGR’ in Gannett’s Shadow

    Is the merger between two independent news operations in metro Nashville just possibly a template for how community news plays now in a digital world where even big chains of local newspapers seem dwarfed — and perhaps threatened — by search, distribution and social-media giants like Google and Facebook? In this boundary-less competitive climate, there are no certain long-term winners among new.

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