The Compass Experiment, a joint venture between McClatchy and Google, is partnering with Canada’s Village Media, according to a blog post from Mandy Jenkins, general manager for the project.
The Compass Experiment will use Village Media’s digital publishing platform in its first new digital news site, in Youngtown, Ohio. Youngstown's The Vindicator newspaper will stop production this month.
Village Media started as a single hyperlocal news site in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, the post says. With its own platform, Village powers 11 owned-and-operated sites and 15 partner sites, it said.
“The Village Media platform is appealing because it is purpose built for local news operations like ours. Their sites are fast, mobile browser responsive and easy to navigate, and also include features such as classifieds, obituaries, autos, auctions and voluntary pay,” the blog post read. The post said the team was confident it would be able to launch the Youngstown site in the next 60 days.