AI will soon be able to cover public meetings. But should it?


The Palm Springs Post, a hyperlocal digital-first news outlet in California, began as a daily email newsletter Mark Talkington would grind out in the evenings, squeezed in on top of his longtime day job as an editor for Microsoft.

Since founding the newsletter in 2021, Talkington has made the Post a full-fledged news organization valued by the community — enough so that he was able to hire two additional reporters. Today, he says the Post is financially sustainable, and has 14,000 subscribers in a city of about 45,000.

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