Alexis Madrigal says that what makes this year's news startups notable is that instead of focusing on an area of coverage, they emphasize a method of coverage, whether it be explanatory (Vox), data-based (FiveThirtyEight), or in the case of the New York Times' The Upshot, a focus on "plain-spoken" journalism.
"The data show that #yesallwomen would be safer hitched to their baby daddies." lol can we please sit 'data journalism' in the corner
The way we have traditionally defined community is through geographic boundaries of some sort. While readers still expect you do that, the Internet and social media has made it much more easy for them to connect to people around the world. Readers have a much more expansive view of community. Community is where you live, but it’s also passions. That could be sports, parenting, hobbies, neighborhood gossip, politics [or] a whole range of things. Really successful, forward-thinking newspapers know that the best way you can help people is to begin to create these special interest communities online.