Hyper-local journalism in the U.S. seems to be flying with the aid of academic institutions. The University of Maryland has launched New Voices, a programme to seed fund local news projects:
New Voices is a pioneering program to seed innovative community news ventures in the United States. Over the next two years, New Voices will help fund the start-up of 20 micro-local, news projects with $12,000 grants; support them with an educational Web site, and help foster their sustainability through $5,000 second-year, matching grants. New Voices is administered by J-Lab at the University of Maryland.
This seems to be really hot in the U.S., but I haven’t seen a single announcement from a UK academic institution making similar commitments. Why?