General Election 2015: Learning from hyperlocal sites across the UK

Last week, I blogged that the General Election seemed to be the moment the regional press came of age online, such was the confidence, ability and familiarity demonstrated by many newsrooms online. And if a five-year gap between elections creates a good check point for the regional press, the same too can be said forContinue reading “General Election 2015: Learning from hyperlocal sites across the UK”

When a hyperlocal site can have a bigger audience than a century-old newspaper, do you still think it’s wrong to ‘give away’ content for free?

The world’s most serialised book* has been given a fresh outing this week to mark the fact it has been re-released. What Do You We Mean By Local? is a series of essays by local journalism figures expressing their views on where we’ve come from, where we are and where we are going. There’s someContinue reading “When a hyperlocal site can have a bigger audience than a century-old newspaper, do you still think it’s wrong to ‘give away’ content for free?”

Journalists: We know we care, but do our readers?

At the news:rewired conference in London, there was a panel discussion about data at a local level. Philip John, one of the brains behind the Lichfield Blog was among those on the panel. When the panel was asked how to get local journalists interested in data, Philip launched into what he almost instantly told TwitterContinue reading “Journalists: We know we care, but do our readers?”

So, how do you video a council meeting?

There’s been mixed reaction to the decision by Eric Pickles, the communities secretary, to tell all councils they should let journalists and hyperlocal sites tweet and record footage at council meetings. Some councils have been quicker than others to get going on this, and hyperlocal sites and mainstream media alike have been quick to tryContinue reading “So, how do you video a council meeting?”

The top 10 most read posts on this blog in 2010

I write about all sorts of stuff on this blog, but try to stay focussed on the stuff I think people would want to read about, so check the top posts stats quite a lot. I’m always amazed that so many people read my blog, and thanks to everyone who takes the time to readContinue reading “The top 10 most read posts on this blog in 2010”

1000Flowers conference: Some thoughts

I suspect I’m last to the party in terms of blogging about the 1000 Flowers conference organised by Rick Waghorn  in Norwich last week. Suzanne Kavanagh from Skillset has blogged here,  Harry Harrold is here on the 1000 Flowers website and Joseph Stashko here. It was organised by Waghorn to get people together to discussContinue reading “1000Flowers conference: Some thoughts”

Hyperlocal websites: 10 ideas

Over the past few months, I’ve been researching ways that hyperlocal sites and local newspapers/websites could work together. In my opinion, in many cases the relationship between the two is improving although most would probably suggest there’s a way to go yet. The idea for this list came out of a few of those conversations.Continue reading “Hyperlocal websites: 10 ideas”

Council newspapers: One hyperlocal site’s response

No guesses for which side of the fence Sir Ray Tindle sits on when it comes to council newspapers. As he told Friday’s Local Heroes conference, they are a threat to democracy in this country. No arguments here for that statement. Statistics presented by Kingston University senior lecturer James Morrison at the same conference suggestedContinue reading “Council newspapers: One hyperlocal site’s response”

Working with hyperlocal sites: 10 tips for reporters

As I’ve mentioned on this post, I spent part of Saturday at the Talk About Local unconference in Leeds, listening to what hyperlocal bloggers are up to – and picking up on their thoughts about the mainstream media. From that, here’s a list of things journalists working in the mainstream media may find useful aboutContinue reading “Working with hyperlocal sites: 10 tips for reporters”

#TAL10: Taking steps towards bridging the hyperlocal and old media divide

Saturday morning for me last week meant a trip to Leeds for the Talk About Local unconference. In a nutshell Talk About Local is an organisation which seeks to support the growth of hyperlocal and community sites, and is run by a chap called Will Perrin. As I’ve said on this blog before,  I thinkContinue reading “#TAL10: Taking steps towards bridging the hyperlocal and old media divide”