Author Archives: Editor

#savetwinpeaks – a digital campaign born and fought on social media

If anyone underestimated the power of social media in modern society, they should look no further than a current campaign on Twitter. It surrounds the reboot of the cult TV series ‘Twin Peaks‘ (for those not familiar, its creator is offbeat director David Lynch and Mark Frost – it’s a seminal piece of early 90s […]

My journalism hero: Barrie Pennett

As someone who teaches journalism and digital media to degree level students, I’m sometimes asked who my hero or heroine in journalism is. It’s an interesting question. There have been many good people who have influenced me during my career. In terms of all the online stuff I do I don’t look much beyond some […]

Top Leeds hyperlocal websites 2015

It’s been a month or so since the annual Talk About Local Unconference for hyperlocal practioners, which this year was held in the impressive surroundings of the British Library in London. The event is always inspiring. I’ve been lucky enough to attend each unconference since the first one in Stoke back in 2009 and it’s […]

Map highlights UK hyperlocal blogs

I stumbled on this rather useful heatmap of hyperlocal news sites today. It’s been put together by Rob Powell, who also runs the hyperlocal greenwich.co.uk, and takes a feed from Openly Local (unfortunately for Leeds the feed is a tad outdated and features a couple of moribund blogs – but it’s still well worth a look.) […]

Leeds School of Data launches beginners course

“It’s the brainchild of the fab Leanne Buchan of Leeds City Council … and follows a recent chat we had over a coffee about the need to demystify exactly what all this talk about open data is about, why it’s important and how it can be used in Leeds.”

Made in Leeds local TV channel to launch ‘late summer’

It’s been a long time in coming, but it seems Leeds might be getting it’s new Local TV station at long last.

Bookmarked: New survey on hyperlocal media released

A new survey on the hyperlocal news sector has been released today and makes for an interesting read.

Time Out set to launch Leeds website

Move over Paris, Madrid, New York and London! Leeds is set to rub shoulders with some of the biggest cities in the world when it gets its own online version of Time Out magazine.

Community festival launch for new Leeds community newspaper

A stall at Beeston Festival may seem to some like an unlikely setting to launch the latest addition to Leeds’s media scene. But the launch of hyperlocal website South Leeds Life into print at a community event celebrating community cohesion and attended by thousands of local residents could not have been more apt. South Leeds […]

Meeting to connect Leeds hyperlocals

Luke Beaumont at Holt Park Today is one of a number of hyperlocal bloggers in Leeds to use digital tools to inspire and motivate local communities.

the leeds citizen

Just another Leeds blog

Beyond Guardian Leeds

What came next after Guardian Leeds was closed.

Awesome Women

Smart reading for smart women

Northern Light

The online sketchbook of the writer and journalist Sean Dodson