Backfence.com Gets Hyperlocal

back-fence-logo.gifIn the area’s first (?) entry into the world of hyperlocal journalism, Backfence.com launched this morning covering two northern Virginia communities. A series of open topic-focused blogs, the site is a cross between a community newspaper and Craig’s List.

Founders Mark Potts and Susan DeFife, more cheerleaders and organizers than editors, say in their opening post that the hope is to fill the niche that Washington Post and other larger newspapers can’t hope to cover: local meetings, reviews of smaller suburban restaurants and stores, school news, and sports scores. “Backfence is designed to help people find out what’s going on around them by providing a public forum for the kind of information that is part of regular neighborhood conversation,” they write.

The McLean and Reston sites are the first community sites in what they hope to expand into a whole network around the area over the coming months and years.