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Notes on Talk About Local 2010

Ray Duffel at #TAL10

Ray Duffel leads a session on news gathering for hyperlocal at Talk About Local conference 2010. Photo: Josh Halliday

Yesterday’s Talk About Local 2010 conference in partnership with Guardian Local has no doubt left hyperlocal publishers across the UK feeling inspired, enthused and reinvigorated.

After coming back to the unconference following the first one six months ago in Stoke on Trent where I went as a hyperlocal publisher for it was great to see the changes and developments in the hyperlocal scene since last time. Read the rest of this entry »


How the j-school students are treading a new path

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).

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Written by hrwaldram

February 21, 2010 at 11:00 am

Passing over the hyperlocal baton

I have recently left as editor of Bournville Village. It has been an enriching time and has taught me a great deal about which stories work on community websites, how to work a beat while leaving in the community you are writing about, and lessons in hyperlocal reporting, gathering and production.

I now move on back to Cardiff, a city I have an immense love and passion for, to work as the Cardiff beatblogger for the Guardian Local project. I’ve been lying low for a while until this announcement so apologies for the silence.

Taking my place as editor of Bournville Village is Dave Harte, who has been with me from the conception of the site, writing as a contributor and helping with the design and a couple of technical bits and bobs. Dave has tons of ideas and embodies the original ethos for the site:

The community is at the heart of the website. Posts should provide news, information, and features which help residents and those passing through Bournville to engage with their community, understand their local authority and be inspired to become active citizens working together to make a difference.

Handing over a hyperlocal site is problematic for a number of reasons. Without an already established group of contributors, the editor is still the main force for producing content and as a one-man enterprise the website is bound to inherit a large amount of their personality, interests and background. Finding a suitable new editor may be difficult if the site has been propelled by one person on a voluntary basis, especially if you want the website to retain much of it’s former ethos and aren’t too interested in profit.

I know other young journalism graduates have started hyperlocal websites while also being at the beginning of their careers when location is subject to change. The best way to prepare would be to recruit a deputy editor in the early stages of concept building.

Ed Walker, for example, had to find someone to had over Blog Preston to when he too moved to Cardiff to start his job as Online Communities Editor for Media Wales. Finding someone who has the time to take over and maintain the site with the relevant journalistic and web skills isn’t easy.

I was lucky – I know Dave will do a great job. There have already been some fantastic posts in my absence such as this snow post with a gritting priority map and Birmingham’s Poet Laureate showing his support for Bournville and some absolutely excellent coverage of the Cadbury/Kraft take over in the last week – causing a number of media organisation to get in touch for comments. I’m looking forward to seeing Bournville Village develop and grow.

Find out more about why I started the site here and on the about page on the website.

Written by hrwaldram

February 1, 2010 at 8:45 am

What journalism students need to know: New skills for a new model

After attending the C&binet conference in London, which saw an impressive group of media representatives and government officials get together to discuss the state of the media and the future of journalism, the importance of passing on this information to the next generation of journalists seemed imperative.

At City University New York, journalism students are taught entrepreneurship and business. Jeff Jarvis is clear a new set of skills for burgeoning journalists is essential for the changing climate of news. Students should learn to be stewards of journalism – learning how to set up hyperlocal sites and invite and train collaborators and turn the news site into a successful business.

Details of the hypothetical news model from CUNY can be found here – and it is in the process of being translated for the UK.

It is clear from developments in the US – which the UK will and is beginning to duly follow – journalism students need to be taught or encouraged to do entrepreneurship to make sure they take off in the new climate – rather than fall flat on their face because their traditional skill-set no longer stands up to what is required. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by hrwaldram

October 29, 2009 at 4:55 pm

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

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Written by hrwaldram

October 29, 2009 at 4:40 pm