More insight on Rob Curley’s departure from the Washington Post and the potential fate of his hyperlocal products, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal.

I think WSJ’s tack on this story is a bit premature, but it does look as if the Post was expecting “Field of Dreams” success of LoudounExtra and the forthcoming Faifax County hyperlocal site. But, as Curley notes in the article, that just doesn’t happen. Community journalism has to be promoted heavily and continuously, otherwise it becomes a passing fancy. Doesn’t sound like the Post wants to make that kind of commitment, and so another of Curley’s creations is left withering on the vine.

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