Locally Grown News publisher Michelle Ferrier was featured in a blog post by the New Media Journalism initiative, associated with The Patterson Foundation. Ferrier’s “hyper-local,” “hyper-topical” model for her news site fits into the New Media Journalism initiative’s goal of promoting networks of engaged citizens.

“The idea of building networks to help build community is a key part of our work at The Patterson Foundation. We see the opportunities for what is learned in one network to inform others, a process that both helps build better practices and lets us all learn from what doesn’t work,” the post reads.

Ferrier focuses on her topic of local foods and healthy lifestyles, detailing how her market is niche, yet successful.

Read the full blog post here.