Weekend reading: Spundge, state of Leeds blogs and NewsRewired

Hi – sorry for the delay between posts, just been a busy time at work which means I haven’t got around to updating the blog recently.

Here’s my (regular?) update of the latest for bloggers and journalists.

Journalism students at Leeds Metropolitan University have put together their top 20 blogs in Leeds in an intriguing post called the State of Blogging in Leeds. It’s an interesting piece of work. blogs have been ranked according to their total of “Leeds Metropolitan” points. The points system, which positions the blogs according to their score out of a 100, comprises of the blogs global page rank on Google, plus their reputation as according to the Alexa Page Ranking system and, finally, how many people follow them on Twitter.


I recently attended by first #newsrw event at Microsoft’s posh offices in Victoria, London. It was an eye-opening day, full of variety and interesting takes on the latest in online innovation. I could write reams and reams, but it’s already been covered elsewhere. Here’s a Storify post by organisers journalism.co.uk. Other sessions included ethics, top tips for journalists using Facebook, social media and others including entrepreneurial online journalism. You can catch videos of most of the sessions here. It was nice to see one of the sponsors was Leeds Trinity University’s journalism department.

Who’s using hyperlocal media & what are they using it for? Find out by reading Nesta’s new #DestinationLocal report here.

Post-Industrial Journalism – “There is no news industry” – interesting interview with Clay Shirky  on industrial and journalistic inertia on The European.

Here’s a journalism.co.uk post on Spundge and how it can be used by journalists.  If you’re not familiar, you can use Spundge to collect, curate and publish digital content. I’ve just started using it and it’s pretty cool.

Facebook is rolling out a feature that lets journalists or bloggers host live chats on pages or on profiles with more than 10,000 followers


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