Grant funding Archive

  • UK hyperlocals suffer from grantfunders’ fixation on innovation

    UK hyperlocals suffer from grantfunders’ fixation on innovation

    Comment by Alex Klaushofer. Earlier this month, the lottery-funded charity Nesta announced the successful bidders for its new grant programme Destination Local. Ten winners emerged out of the 165 hyperlocal projects who applied for funds, including Welsh language paper

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  • New download mag for Northern Ireland’s community sector

    New download mag for Northern Ireland’s community sector

    Report by Tim Dawson. With 27,000 people working in the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland, it is easy to see why Brian Pelan thinks there is space for a magazine that addresses their interests.  With the first edition of View now available to download, he is about to discover whether his hunch was […]

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  • Public interest journalism takes a kangaroo leap forward

    Public interest journalism takes a kangaroo leap forward

    Review by Alex Klaushofer. Today brings the launch of Australian news websiteThe Global Mail, one of the best-funded public journalism initiatives the digital age has seen to date. With a mission to provide independent, quality journalism – strapline ‘our audience is our only agenda’ – and generously bankrolled by Australian web-preneur Graeme Wood, the site’s […]

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  • From cooperation to crowd-funding: The case of Port Talbot

    From cooperation to crowd-funding: The case of Port Talbot

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. Its bleak industrial landscape was the inspiration for Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, with its population of diverse life-forms evolving new ways of being in the struggle for survival. And now, Port Talbot’s bleak media landscape is … You get the idea. While on the one hand, Port Talbot is the perfect […]

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  • Profit is dead. Long live Public Interest: Journalism in 2012 and beyond

    Profit is dead. Long live Public Interest: Journalism in 2012 and beyond

    Comment by Alex Klaushofer. With the first week of the New Year bringing only warnings from politicians and economists, it seems that wise men have realised it would be foolish to feign optimism for 2012. But while things remain bleak on the economic front, there is at last a glimmer of hope for those rooting […]

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  • Charitable model could save local news

    Charitable model could save local news

    Guest blog by David Ainsworth. Recently a group of my colleagues and I became interested in the idea of creating a charitable local newspaper. The reason for this was simple. Local newspapers are important, but they are also in trouble. It’s time to try out a new model. Those of us who’ve worked in local […]

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  • Download tools – an online newservice for the labour movement

    Download tools – an online newservice for the labour movement

    Report by Tim Dawson. Trades unions have not always been the quickest to adopt new means to communicate, in part because of an institutionalised ambivalence to technological change.  It perhaps explains why reporting this sector is one that that has attracted relatively few online operations. Into this gap step two recent past presidents of the […]

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  • Bureau of Investigative Journalism celebrates first birthday

    Bureau of Investigative Journalism celebrates first birthday

    Case study by Alex Klaushofer. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, the not-for-profit organisation established to help reverse the decline of investigative journalism in Britain, celebrates its first birthday today. Launched on 26th April 2010 thanks to a £2 million grant from the Potter foundation, the organisation espouses an unashamedly non-commercial funding model, conducting the kind […]

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  • Foundation funding reveals murky world of farm subsidies

    Foundation funding reveals murky world of farm subsidies

    Case study by Tim Dawson. Michael Heseltine always enjoyed being considered one of the ‘big beasts’ of British politics.  Less well known, until recently, is that he has long been a recipient of around £90,000 of annual funding from the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).  Lord Hesseltine, who founded the magazine company Haymarket, is thought […]

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  • Hyperlocal wins grant funding

    Hyperlocal wins grant funding

    The announcement yesterday that Blog Preston has won public funding is surely a sign of a growing recognition that hyperlocals have a key role to play in British media. The site, whose bid was made in partnership with other local organisations, is one of 16 community projects to have succeeded in the Neighbourhood Challenge run […]

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