Google unveils bul­letin, a crowd­sourced, hy­per­local news app

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Google is work­ing on a brand-new app, Bul­letin that lets any­one con­tribute news about their lo­cal com­mu­nity. Cur­rently only in early ac­cess in Nashville and Oak­land, Bul­letin en­cour­ages lo­cal jour­nal­ists and ev­ery­day folk to cap­ture a video, take a snap­shot and build a story around events wher­ever they hap­pen.

Ac­cord­ing to Google’s web­site about the app, Bul­letin sto­ries are pub­lic and can be ac­cessed through Google search, shared on so­cial net­works, or sent in emails and mes­sag­ing apps. Google con­firmed the project to Slate on Fri­day. “This is very much in the test­ing phase and aimed at hy­per­local sto­ries and events for peo­ple to share, and for lo­cal me­dia to take ad­van­tage of,” a Google spokesper­son said.

“Peo­ple ev­ery­where want to know what is go­ing on in their own back­yard at a very lo­cal level, rang­ing from lo­cal book­store read­ings to high school sport­ing events to in­for­ma­tion about lo­cal street clo­sures.”

Though, we are as­sum­ing that there will be some form of mod­er­a­tion be­fore your post goes live, the idea is that news can be shared al­most in­stantly with other mem­bers of the com­mu­nity. The con­cept looks quite sim­i­lar to Twit­ter and Face­book’s feed that em­pha­sizes on sourc­ing con­tent from ac­tual com­mu­nity mem­bers.

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