In January 2020, Flipboard—the magazine-esque app for reading and sharing content from a multitude of sources—introduced a new feature designed to help people find local news. At launch, it covered 23 big cities, such as Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle.
With all due respect to those fine metropolises, they represent only a sliver of the local-news challenge, and possibly not the most important one. After all, they all have newspapers and other media outlets principally devoted to covering them; it’s not that hard to stay informed about what’s going on.
Since then, Flipboard has added more local areas, bringing the count to 73. And today, the number is growing exponentially: More than 1,000 localities in the U.S. and Canada will have their own Flipboard feeds. They includes places such as Twin Falls, Idaho; Casper, Wyoming; Bismarck, North Dakota; Concord, New Hampshire; and many, many more.