Today saw the birth of a brand-spanking new hyper-local news site, Oakland Local. 

I heard about Oakland Local from Susan Mernit, a Web 2.0 consultant and social media activist whom I think is destined to someday become a legend of some kind. Susan writes:

As you know, I’ve been working on launching Oakland Local (oaklandlocal.com) a news & community site for Oakland focusing on social justice issues including climate change, air quality, food access, arts as activists, and identity, race & ethnicity.

We have a New Voices grant from J-Lab, funded by The Knight Foundation, as seed money. Oakland Local is launching in partnership with 35 local nonprofit, neighborhood & community organizations—we combine postings of their news and information with blogging and with reported stories from a top quality news team (Susan Mernit, Amy Gahran, Kamika Dunlap, Kwan Booth, Ryan Van Lenning and others).

We are media partners & collaborators with Spot.us, Newsdesk.org, The Center for Investigative Reporting, New America Media, Endless Canvas, Youth Rising, Youth Radio and Youth Outlook as well. Our site offers forums, a directory of 320 local nonprofits and a blog directory of 180 active local bloggers as well.

Good luck, Susan & Co. Here’s hoping we at Shareable find ways to work with you and highlight your content!

Jeremy Adam Smith


Jeremy Adam Smith

Jeremy Adam Smith is the editor who helped launch Shareable.net. He's the author of The Daddy Shift (Beacon Press, June 2009); co-editor of The Compassionate Instinct (W.W. Norton

Things I share: Mainly babysitting with other parents! I also share all the transportation I can, through bikes and buses and trains and carpooling.