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This Saturday saw the hyperlocal collective make its windy way along the stuffy Southwest train system to Cardiff (via Crewe) for the Talk About Local Unconference 2011.
The first event of its kind in Wales, online publishers and bloggers with an interest in their local area met at the Atrium for a day of sharing ideas and making news ones, with a great contingent from Cardiff and Welsh language representing the locality.
The day kicked off with a quick fire round of game show round of pitching ideas which were organised into sessions using the unconference-friendly post-it note system.
Sessions ran throughout the day within the sunny glass walls of the Atrium – with much pastry-munching, tweeting and networking inbetween. Here are some notes I took from a few sessions I went to (I didn’t take any notes in the council session or ‘I’m a hyperlocal celebrity get me out of here’ – but both were great and informative debates).
Recently, fellow j-student turned entrepreneur, Josh Halliday, wrote about how the future of local news belongs to the do-ers. A poignant piece which says, frankly, the old way just doesn’t cut it anymore, and it’s the journalism school students who are treading a new path.
Josh started SR2 Blog – the “community-run neighbourhood site” – something which got him noticed by the Guardian and Sky News among others. In his blogpost he points out those who are slow to get in step will lose out in a time when big media are seeking to snap up those in the hyperlocal know:
If you’re a trainee journalist in the UK, a hyperlocal news site is your new CV, its content is your cover letter. Here’s a real rare opportunity for your journalism to precede you […]
Those students that do grasp the nettle will, more than ever, be best placed when graduation comes around.
In Cardiff, there’s a real feeling of a hyperlocal uprising soon to spill out onto the web scene. Cardiff Centre for Journalism Studies postgrad student Dan Bloom launched Capture Cardiff as a place for his colleagues to publish news from their patches – a great way to exhibit their skills and the site has been filled daily with some great content (frequently scooping the Cardiff Echo on a number of stories and features along with a ward/constituency boundary map).