Community Impact Newspaper distributing hyperlocal news via Nextdoor

Community Impact Newspaper can now be found on Nextdoor in another effort to bring the best in hyperlocal news to every Texas community we serve.

Members of certain communities in the Austin, Dallas and Houston areas may have noticed our content on their Nextdoor feed since early 2017, and we recently expanded our content sharing to ensure all 24 hyperlocal editions are connected with the Nextdoor communities in the 38 cities we cover—including Flower Mound, Lewisville and Highland Village as well as New Braunfels, where we will launch newspapers in November and December, respectively.

We invite our print and online readers to engage with our dedicated reporters in each community who are tasked with staying up to date on the local issues. Have a question about what is happening around the corner, or—better yet—want to let us know what is happening around the corner? Send us a message or reply on our latest post.

We will also engage Nextdoor users to find out what we should write about next, drawing from the core topics most important to our readers. That includes local government, education, transportation, development and business news, among other areas of interest.

We value this opportunity to connect with our loyal audience in such a new and exciting way. We can’t wait to find out what we can learn from each other!

– Joe Lanane, executive editor
By Joe Lanane
Joe Lanane’s career is rooted in community journalism, having worked for a variety of Midwest-area publications before landing south of the Mason-Dixon line in 2011 as the Stillwater News-Press news editor. He arrived at Community Impact Newspaper in 2012, gaining experience as editor of the company’s second-oldest publication in Leander/Cedar Park. He eventually became Central Austin editor, covering City Hall and the urban core of the city. Lanane leveraged that experience to become Austin managing editor in 2016. He managed eight Central Texas editions from Georgetown to San Marcos. Working from company headquarters, Lanane also became heavily involved in enacting corporate-wide editorial improvements. In 2017, Lanane was promoted to executive editor, overseeing editorial operations throughout the company. The Illinois native received his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and his journalism master’s degree from Ball State University.


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