What’sUpNewp is inviting our readers to get involved in our hyperlocal community journalism.

Community journalism is defined as locally oriented, professional news coverage that typically focuses on city neighborhoods, individual suburbs or small towns, rather than metropolitan, state, national or world news. Hyperlocal connotes information oriented around a well-defined community with its primary focus directed toward the concerns of the population in that community.

Great hyperlocal community journalism begins with great questions, we’ll be the first to admit that we don’t have all of them. That’s where you come in.

Sometimes they’re bigger and more obvious questions – When are we going to see the Newport Innovation Hub come to fruition? What’s going to happen with the Newport Grand property? What’s being done to improve Newport’s school system and infrastructure?

Sometimes they’re smaller questions or things that fly under the radar that have to do with your neighborhood, street or favorite place –  What new restaurant or store is opening on Thames Street? Do we need more garbage cans in the City?

We aren’t the only ones curious about what’s happening in our community. That’s why we’re asking you, our beloved readers, to take part in our reader curiosity series called “What’s Up With That?’ and we hope you will participate and get involved in this series!

What’sUpNewp wants to hear from our readers so that we can turn your questions into great stories you will love.  And we made it easy too.  Here’s how it goes….

1 – Submit a question or questions below in our contact form.  It can be anything you are wondering about Newport, Newport County, our local, state or federal government or the people who call Aquidneck Island home.

2 – The What’sUpNewp Crew will select the best questions, and we will answer those questions in the form of a story, poll or interview. We may even ask you to join in the reporting process with questions and sometimes we may even get fellow readers to vote on which submitted questions should be investigated by our team.

We believe our readers and the citizens of Newport County are our greatest resource.  Whether you’ve lived on the island all your life or you’re brand new to the area, your insights and observations are unique and they can help guide us toward stories that deserve to be told.

So Newport, what’s up?

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Ryan M. Belmore

Ryan M. Belmore is the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and serves on the Board of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and Lucy's Hearth. Send questions, tips, and story ideas to Ryan@whatsupnewp.com.