Guardian’s n0tice puts a new twist on hyperlocal

The Guardian is trialling a new community publishing platform that’s based on where you are — a sort of Wordpress meets Craigslist meets Everyblock. But can it make hyperlocal work? The company’s director of digital strategy tells us what it means.

When big data meets journalism

One of the themes running through many of the projects that won this year’s $5-million Knight News Challenge for media startups is the idea that data — and the ability to filter and make sense of it — can be a powerful tool for digital journalism.

Trulia Crime Maps Bring Big Data to the Masses

Real estate website Trulia is set to roll out a new feature that will allow users to view crime statistics for 50 metro areas in the U.S. The new feature, launching in June, is a major exercise in real-time big data processing.

EveryBlock Learns Secret to Local News: People

Hyper-local site EveryBlock started out as an automated news aggregator, pulling in feeds based on specific locations. But founder Adrian Holovaty says he has realized that data is nothing without human interaction, and so the site has relaunched with more of a focus on community.

Developers, Meet Your Hungry New Market: The News

Programmers can compete with journalists if they like, but they’d be wise to instead arm journalists with the power of their programming. Reporters and editors shouldn’t need to know how to code web apps any more than they should know how to create word processing apps or blogging platforms. Developers should create simple but flexible tools for creating the interactive and personalizable applications that will allow journalists to not only give their audiences the information they want but to also tell them stories they won’t hear anywhere else.