Google has launched a new app called Bulletin that will focus only on crowdsourced, hyperlocal news. It will allow anyone to contribute news about their community by posting video, photos, and messages to the internet directly from their phones even if they don’t have a personal blog or website. All Bulletin stories will be public and accessible via Google Search. They can also be shared in messaging apps, over email, and on social networks.
The company’s website for Bulletin describes it as “an app for contributing hyperlocal stories about your community, for your community, right from your phone.” Bulletin is currently being tested in a limited pilot in two cities only, it’s live in Oakland and Nashville so far.
Google says that the Bulletin project is “very much in the testing phase,” right now. It’s aimed at hyperlocal stories and events for people to share as well as for local media to use.
The product manager James Morehead describes Bulletin as a progressive web app which is basically a lightweight content management system. It’s meant for amateur journalists or anyone who wants to report a story about their community. The content will be controlled by the author who can take it down when they want.