The Yahoo Local Contributors Project has been ongoing in several cities around the country for some weeks now. Tonight the Brooklyn chapter of the Yahoo Contributor brigade descended on Rebar on Front Street in DUMBO. The purpose of the meet and greet was to talk about the goals and ambitions of the program as well as to get some face time with each other and see just who is behind all these great articles and email blasts.
A number of longtime Associated Content personalities were in attendance. As well there were new faces to the program as well as old hacks like myself.
One of the events main presenters was this guy from Yahoo, the apparently always high-energy Anthony. Anthony was full of verve and energy as he spoke in excited arpeggios about the future goals of the Yahoo Local Contributors program and all the opportunity present for those who want to grasp at it.
For those who have been participants in this new Yahoo Local Contributors Project, this program presents an impressive opportunity to embrace our neighborhood and talk about where we know and what we know, the place we call home.
Yahoo Local strives to be the news voice of the neighborhood. Anthony noted: “If you see it and its news to you, this is the kind of thing Yahoo Local wants to know about.” Anthony also compared the type of news to being something as small as new scaffolding up around a building, a local business opening or closing, and plastic bags over parking meters.
Yahoo Local also strives to have its hand in a number of other outlets as well. “The Main Street Beat,” “Real Estate & Development,” “School News,” and “Public Affairs,” were all part of the main entrée that this new Yahoo Local Contributors Program strives to be a part of.
Anthony also addressed something which piqued my interest; the Local Mysteries portion of the Yahoo Local Contributors program. As such they are looking for the “what” and “why” to much of what local lore exists in a place like Brooklyn.
You should check with your contact at the Yahoo Local Contributors program if you have questions about any of these submission guidelines as this recounting is just one scribes notes and NOT an official statement of intent from Yahoo.