After an Oakland Local story about the injury of an Iraq War veteran by police was widely circulated on social media and other platforms, co-founder Susan Mernit said the site decided to increase its coverage.
CJR said when Mernit “saw that her story was being referenced, tweeted, linked to, and discussed by people in the community, she realized their strength as a local news source. “I saw that our brand meant something to people,” says Mernit, “We decided at that point to go all out to cover it.”
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Meanwhile, at The Batavian, Howard Owens got the scoop about a possible new business park that would bring hundreds of jobs to his community. Local television cited The Batavian in reporting the story.