Hyperlocal @ the coffeeshop

August 12, 2009

Uit Times Online: An interesting experiment in hybrid publishing combining new and old has started in the Czech Republic. A chain of coffee shops has been set up in several Czech towns, which are also local newsrooms: customers can surf the web, find help with social networking sites, chat about local events and exchange information with reporters who work in the café.

Uit New York Times: But in its Czech journalism project, PPF has a partner that knows a thing or two about making money on the Web, but one whose relationship with many organizations in the news business seems increasingly fraught: Google. That Internet company has not invested directly in the venture, but it is making its local staff available to help teach PPF journalists how to use tools like Google Maps, Google Translate and YouTube.


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