Digital Hyperlocal Journalism Panel at Manuel’s Tavern

Join us at the legendary Manuel’s Tavern as we focus on one of the newest forms of journalism — digital hyperlocal websites.

Often just a few years old and edited by their founders, hyperlocal digital websites are the startups of the journalism world, a 21st century take on the community newspaper.

The panel will be hosted by SPJ Georgia board member Haisten Willis and will begin Thursday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m.

The event is free but please RSVP ahead of time at this link so we know how many people are coming! See you at Manuel’s Tavern, 602 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307, on the 17th.

Meet the panel:

  • Dan Whisenhunt is the founder and editor of Whisenhunt cut his dan2teeth as a journalist with the Anniston Star in Anniston, Alabama, then worked at the Times Free Press in Chattanooga, Tennessee before moving to Decatur in 2012. He started Decaturish in May 2013 as a personal project, done in his spare time. However, page views grew more quickly than expected and Decaturish become a trusted source for local news. Whisenhunt works to develop a sustainable online-only revenue model that will provide local journalism free of charge to residents in the Atlanta metro area.
  • Larry Felton Johnson is the founder and publisher of the Cobb County Courierf96773bd5694aed8c0437c4f1834bbd6.jpeg formerly known as River Edges, covering community-focused news and events that have a direct impact on the quality of life of the people of Cobb County. Johnson is also the “World’s Oldest Journalism Undergraduate.” He retired after too many years as a software systems engineer, and he’s now a senior in the journalism department at Georgia State University.
  • Kristal Dixon is the editor for sites serving the communities ofkristal-dixonCartersville, Canton, Holly Springs, Woodstock, Johns Creek, Alpharetta-Milton, Roswell and Sandy Springs. Before coming to Patch, Dixon spent five years as a reporter with the Cherokee Tribune in Canton, along with a stint at the Griffin Daily News.Dixon has been with Patch since 2012, loves covering the communities she serves, and is always on the hunt for news that’s relevant to readers.

Questions? Contact Haisten Willis at



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