The New York Times is turning over day-to-day control of a blog covering parts of Brooklyn to the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, in what could be a model for expanding hyper-local coverage to many communities at minimal cost.
While The Times has assigned reporters and editors to its two community blogs, dubbed The Local, most of their content already comes from outside contributors, including readers who submit articles, tips, comments, video and other material. Now, the daily responsibility for operating the blog covering Fort Greene and Clinton Hill will rest not with Times journalists, but with professors and students at the CUNY program.
The other Local blog, for Maplewood, Millburn and South Orange, will continue to be operated by Times personnel.
As the post indicates, this would seem to be a model that other publications could emulate fairly easily. The statement about “minimal cost” above suggests that contributors are not paid at all or paid nominal amounts.