Hard truths of hyperlocal revealed in Journatic flap

"Chad King" is a fake byline.

by Jeff Sonderman

It’s become clear that Journatic has some problems: Using incorrect or fictional bylines, plus plagiarism and fabrication of news.

But what if it didn’t?

Could Journatic’s model of cost-efficient outsourced journalism offer a viable future for hyperlocal news? If its ethics and standards of quality were exemplary, would it otherwise serve a community’s needs?

Most signs say: no.

Read the full story.

Jeff Sonderman is a digital media fellow at the Poynter Institute.

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