While this is a bit old, it is relevant. The Institute for Interactive Journalism announced funding for 10 New Citizen Media ideas under its New Voices grant. These news sites are doing hyper-local coverage produced for the Internet. The idea is to use digital media to enrich communities, create public discourse and impact democracy. It sound ambitious, but it is another example of the aggressive, energetic approach to citizen journalism going on in the United States. It is also noteworthy that the focus is on highly localized stories, moving away from the national and international focus. Considering how much of Canada lies outside of major urban centres, this kind of financial support for local news is worth reviewing.