Why Local Online Sites Died: a Post-Mortem with a Possible Silver Lining

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Hyperlocal online news startups can resemble the bloody wars convulsing the Middle East.


“In the world of community news, you win or you die,” said David Boraks, founder of the Davidson News and Cornelius News in North Carolina.


Boraks died, or at least his sites did a few months ago, he recounted to the Local Independent Online News Publishers/LION Publishers (LION) annual gathering in Chicago last week. “I’m totally at peace with the decision to shut down,” Boraks said. “We kicked ass until the end.”

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