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    From 1998 to 2000, Liam ran a one-man news site covering environmental, government and civic issues in the San Juan Islands in Washington State. It was an early experiment in what later became known as “hyperlocal” news on the web.

    “I knew I was trying to use a global medium for a very local purpose. I had no real models to follow. I just tried to put my journalist’s knowledge of my hometown to a creative and informative use. For my several hundred paying subscribers, the Island Times provided an insight into local issues they could get nowhere else. The business model was based more on good intentions than sound practice and ultimately I had to shut the site down and get a real job. But I still think I did some of my best writing for the Island Times.”

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    Some highlights of Liam’s weekly commentaries on local issues and island life.