A second challenge is, of course, the business model and how bloggers can be adequately paid to ensure quality sustains.
Which is why the new AsianCorrespondent.com site offers interesting possibilities. It's a site of about 50 English-language paid bloggers in 13 countries all over the vast Asian continent, augmented by Associated Press content from there. Unlike some such sites that pay according to page views, AsianCorrespondent is compensating with fixed salaries.
At first blush the site has a strong range of harder and softer news, analysis and commentary. It ought to become a good news resource because, unlike the lens of a western-based news agency that filters content for western distribution, this has more of a feet-on-the-ground feel to it.
And it might prove to be a model for others to try similar hubs to serve strong specialties.