We started HereCast back in 2014 believing we offered a unique solution to help create richer local digital lives.
We believe creating a single place for locals to find what’s going on “here” — where we all live, work, and play — can sustain local journalism and build more vibrant local digital communities.
We began looking to collaborate with local newspapers and bloggers. Over the years bloggers -- "Casters" -- have exceeded our expectations; newspapers… not so much.
We’ve seen how local media is in dire straits. Local newspapers are disappearing. Local TV and radio are being swallowed up by national media companies. Who will do the work of informing locals about what’s happening locally and how they can make a living do it?
We’ve experimented fearlessly to try to find an answer.
Is there a viable digital future for newspapers today? Will it take traditional newspapers failing before the journalists and editors -- who are their life blood -- are convinced they need a new approach?
Has Facebook bottled up the future for local digital news and information or is there still time for an alternative?
Is HereCast ahead of our time or are we already too late?
The questions aren’t going away, but it’s time for HereCast to take a step back — go on hiatus, catch our breath, and consider our plans for the future.
For our readers, the HereCast site will go dark on New Year’s Eve.
For our Casters — who have shown how many diverse voices can create a richer local life — our sincere thanks.
For those who are interested in exploring answers to these questions — stay tuned.