Alhambra Source is a nonprofit organization that serves a city of about 85,000, predominantly Asian and Hispanic immigrants, in California's San Gabriel Valley. Launched in 2010 by the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, the organization in 2017 began a two-year transition toward becoming an indepenent outlet. The site relies on community contributors working with a professional journalist. The site seeks to serve "as a forum for local voices, and a platform for the expression and development of writers, videographers, and photographers." Bonus points: Content in Spanish and Mandarin as well as English.
Small suburban city: 85,000 residents in LA County suburb.
We received a lot of coverage around Weibo (scroll down for that):
10.28.12 Online Journalism Review http://www.ojr.org/p2093/ How a Youth Reporter Corps Could Help Reinvigorate Local Journalism
01.26.13 Future News (New Zealand) http://futurenews.co.nz/2013/01/26/can-hyperlocal-news-increase-civic-engagement/ Can hyperlocal news increase civic engagement?
2.22.13 Online Journalism Review http://www.ojr.org/with-hyperlocal-forums-on-the-rise-will-they-replace-or-complement-local-news/ With Hyperlocal Forums on the Rise, Will they Replace or Complement Local News
2.22.13 GOOD mag http://www.good.is/posts/hyperlocal-news-sites-like-nextdoor-give-local-news-a-makeover-foster-neighborliness Hyperlocal Sites like Nextdoor Aim to Give Local News a Makeover, Foster Neighborliness
2.23.13 Die Presse (Austrian publication) http://diepresse.com/home/kultur/medien/1348324/Internet-statt-LA-Times Internet statt "L.A. Times."
1.19.13 Taz.de (Germany) http://www.taz.de/1/archiv/digitaz/artikel/?ressort=fl&dig=2013%2F01%2F19%2Fa0060&cHash=36ba6d0ef9bfbdfb447ac124ca24e27d Jenseits von Los Angeles
5.13.13 Pacific Standard Magazine http://www.psmag.com/culture/alhambra-source-citizen-journalism-55541/ The Melting Pot Gazette: Can a sociologist and a journalist get an ethnically fractured community engaged?
5.13.13 FishBowl LA http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlla/usc-annenberg-alhambra-experiment-running-out-of-funding_b88099 USC Annenberg Alhambra Experiment Running Out of Funds
12.9.13 Pasadena Star-News http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/government-and-politics/20131209/alhambra-police-department-first-in-nation-to-use-weibo-the-chinese-twitter Alhambra Police Department First in Nation to Use Weibo - the Chinese Twitter
12.9.13 World Journal http://www.worldjournal.com/view/full_lax_14/24194724/article-%E5%85%A8%E7%BE%8E%E9%A6%96%E5%AE%B6%E8%AD%A6%E5%B1%80-
12.9.13 US China Daily News http://www.uscnd.com/article/article-c174530.aspx
12.10.13 China Watch http://chinawatch.washingtonpost.com/2013/12/california-police-department-will-sign-up-for-sina-weibo---chinese-twitter.php California police department will sign up for Sina Weibo - Chinese 'twitter'
12.13.13 KPCC http://www.scpr.org/blogs/multiamerican/2013/12/13/15393/alhambra-police-weibo-chinese-social-media-microbl/ Alhambra police use Chinese microblogging site Weibo for outreach (photos)
12.17.13 USC News http://news.usc.edu/#!/article/57909/alhambra-police-build-online-bridge-with-chinese-community/ Alhambra police build online bridge with Chinese community
7.11.14 LA Times http://www.latimes.com/local/great-reads/la-me-c1-cops-weibo-20140711-story.html#page=1 Alhambra police work social media beat to reach Chinese speakers Frank Shuyong
08.4.14 The Local News Lab http://localnewslab.org/2014/08/04/journalisms-theory-of-change-from-community-engagement-to-civic-action/ Journalism's Theory of Change: From Community Engagement to Civic Action Josh Stearns
08.5.14 Next City http://nextcity.org/daily/entry/social-media-police-twitter-facebook Police get smarter about social media Christopher Moraff
8.22.14 Poynter http://www.poynter.org/how-tos/newsgathering-storytelling/eyes-on-the-news/265057/was-ferguson-a-news-desert-until-two-weeks-ago/ Was Ferguson a ‘news desert’ until two weeks ago? Rick Edmonds