The emergence of hyperlocal media reflects both the challenges and opportunities of local media in Australia. The closure of many traditional local media outlets means that important community issues are going unreported, potentially even creating ‘news deserts’. But this has also spurred some communities to find new ways to source and create credible, independent news, including by creating new media models and leveraging technology where possible.
Hyperlocal media is defined as a print and/or online organisation which is:
- Community focused
- Independently owned and original
- Covering public interest news and important local issues, and
- Working at a local geographic level