By Leah Casner
This is peasants storming the Bastille.
This is workers seizing the assembly line.
This is Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney putting on a show in the barn.
This is high school kids getting together to stop the town bully from burning down the community center.
This is the sheriff warning the mayor that a giant white shark is endangering the upcoming festival.
As you know, Gothamist and DNAinfo were eaten by the shark. Joe Ricketts killed his own kids when they asked for a decent allowance.
As the ecological niche for advertiser-sustained real news vanishes, the vacuum fills with mutant stories of unknown parentage, RT and Russian trolls, spreading infection by sharing and retweets. Good local news is being lost in intentional, international noise.
This is an experiment.
You are the peasants, you are the workers, you are the new sheriff in town.
Meet Gothamist In Exile, a crowd sourced, crowd-funded professionally curated local news blog, combining experienced journalists and citizen news-gatherers.
Nonprofit, noncommercial, crowdsourced journalism. Think about that for a moment.
We are not one; we are many.