According to Jacqui Banaszynski, there is no simple way to approach hyper-local.
"The risk is believing that we have all the answers," she said, "but we need to get better at asking questions."
Journalists should be asking themselves who they are including in their reporting, she said. More likely than not, she said, writers and editors need to work with the community more.
Though local includes the physical area surrounding an area, it is not limited to a particular neighborhood or block.
"Local is a state of mind and heart," she said. "It is not on a map. It's what you're interested in, what you're passionate about."
Banaszynski said that both Iraq and Arizona could be considered local for a Pennsylvania resident. Having a family member in Iraq or simply a vested interest in the immigration legislation in Arizona is all it takes for these distant locations to be considered "local."
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PWPA: Internet's OK!
Because of the ever-changing Internet, the Pennsylvania Women's Press Association has decided to increase its online presence with an option for online contest entries and a new website launching in the fall.
Recently, the PWPA began allowing members to enter their contest online; and with that, comes complications.
"What's interesting about the contest is that it really has evolved," said JoAnne Klimovich Harrop, president of PWPA and reporter at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. She said that having online contest entries adds many questions to the criteria of the contests that the PWPNA hosts.
"(Having online entries) comes with other things: well, if it just runs online and doesn't run in the paper, does that count?" Harrop said.
During the PWPA Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, there was discussion about who should be able to enter the contests that the PWPA hosts. Only PWPA members can enter contests, but the discussion was focused on which articles could be entered.
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