How to create a great local newsletter for your community

Sol’s Civic Minute is a weekly newsletter covering everything important happening in the city of Seattle, written by a local real estate agent named Sol Villarreal with a passion for local news. Sol says readers can scan the entire newsletter in under a minute to catch up on what happened in Seattle in the last week, and it’s a model any local news organization can mimic. To keep up with the news, Sol has created RSS feeds for local blogs, TV stations and government, as well as Twitter lists with people tweeting quality content about the city. For the format of Civic Minute, Sol started by putting his favorite elements of the newsletter he reads into his own and beta testing it for a month with 50 friends.