What the government should do about hyperlocal news
Prominent voices in the hyperlocal debate gathered at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport today to talk about the changing landscape of news and media and, if anything, what the government should do.
Arranged by Minister for Creative Industries Siôn Simon, and chaired by CEO of GroundReport Rachel Sterne and founder of Talk About Local William Perrin, the conference – called C&binet Seminar – was a collision of talking heads about their experiences and thoughts on the state of local and national news and their plans or predictions for the future of journalism.
Sessions focused on a number of areas in the debate, introduced with a presentation from those with particular knowledge of a field, and were followed by passionate discussions with attendees drawing on their own research and experiences. A number of key issues emerged and over on the Podnosh website will be running a series of blogposts featuring key points which were raised on the following subjects:
- The state of newspapers and the value of news
- Hyperlocal news models
- Council reporting – who should do it?
- What the journalism students need to know
- Freeing up public data
- Libel laws for online journalism