Welcome to “The Nabe”

Welcome to “The Nabe”

The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism on Thursday launched The Nabe, a site that extends the experiment in collaborative hyperlocal journalism The New York Times began in March 2009 with the debut of The Local.

The Nabe shares the same goal as its predecessor site: to help residents of Brooklyn’s Fort Greene and Clinton Hill cover their neighborhoods, using the emerging tools of journalism to tell and share stories in compelling new ways.

These last four years have brought great change, not only to dynamic Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, but also to The Local. The CUNY J-School, which worked with The Times and the community from the start of The Local, took over day-to-day operations in January 2010, under the supervision of Times editors.

The Times, after vastly contributing to and gleaning lessons from The Local, has moved on. The CUNY J-School intends to keep the experiment going and growing.

In making a fresh start, the blog’s name – and location (The Nabe can be found at http://www.TheNabe.me) – has changed. But not its mission.

The faculty and students of the CUNY J-School are dedicated to making The Nabe a place where neighbors not only can come together to talk about anything via online forums, but also to contribute – as commenters, tipsters, writers, editors, crowdsourcing project participants, videographers and photographers.

Our reporters will cover the same mix of crime, school, political and arts news, as well as offer glimpses into the lives of local residents – and their pets. But we’re also here to help residents cover the neighborhood – with everything from write-ups of community board meetings to videos of school concerts to pictures of soccer games in the dust bowl in Fort Greene Park.

In the meantime, hope to see you soon, in The Nabe.