Local/hyperlocal Archive

  • Inspired union: strategies for journalism to flourish

    Inspired union: strategies for journalism to flourish

    Conference report by Tim Dawson NUJ freelances displayed an innovative range of strategies to survive and prosper at a one-day conference.  A capacity audience packed the event to hear from more than twenty speakers describing initiatives including: instant-video documentary making, selling into new foreign markets, self-publishing via Kindle, and creating iPad app publications. Other novel […]

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  • 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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  • Status politics: could local newspapers be allowed to become charities?

    Status politics: could local newspapers be allowed to become charities?

    Report by Tim Dawson With a UK Communications Bill White Paper expected in early 2013, there is a growing hope that one of its provisions might be to make it easier for local newspapers to operate as charities.  A consortium of charities and trusts has already made a submission to this effect to the Department […]

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  • OUT NOW: Free ebooklet for writers from New Model Journalism

    OUT NOW: Free ebooklet for writers from New Model Journalism

    By Alex Klaushofer. Against the background of change and struggle that has afflicted the media and publishing in recent years, one strand of good news has consistently emerged. This good news story of the crisis in journalism tells of innovation and experimentation, of pioneering practices and the opening up of new frontiers, as writers of […]

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  • Clutch of hyperlocal newspapers launch in south London

    Clutch of hyperlocal newspapers launch in south London

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. Friday saw a strange phenonmenon in Media Land: the launch of seven hyperlocal newspapers across south London. The weekly newspaper South London Press, now nearly a hundred and fifty years old, is printing seven editions specific to particular areas. Streatham, Brixton, Wimbledon, Wandsworth, Dulwich, Deptford & New Cross and Forest Hill […]

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  • New, print and profitable – a new model for hyperlocals

    New, print and profitable – a new model for hyperlocals

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. Print is dying, and hyperlocal websites notoriously difficult to make pay. But one recently-established community magazine is challenging these orthodoxies of the digital age. Monthly magazine The filtonvoice is the brainchild of Richard Coulter, a former staffer on The Bristol Evening Post. Having taken redundancy from the struggling newspaper, Coulter looked […]

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  • The places that the tablets can’t reach

    The places that the tablets can’t reach

    Rupert Murdoch’s reputation as a media visionary might have taken a battering in recent months.  His famed enthusiasm for iPads as a news deliver device, however, is beginning to look as if it might yet prove to be as shrewd as his gamble as the one that he made on subscription tv two decades ago. […]

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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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  • Local press: adrift without a compass and in danger of disappearing

    Local press: adrift without a compass and in danger of disappearing

    I met the editor of one of Britain’s oldest regional dailies at a social event recently.  We chatted about the worrying state of the media and with a resigned sigh he said:  “I am hoping that the paper will see me out”.  He is in his mid-50s and the title he edits has been published […]

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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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