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Big developments in hyperlocal media

Journalist, researcher and hyperlocal guru Damian Radcliffe has written an interesting post on two shots in the arm for hyperlocal media over on the BBC College of Journalism blog.

Destination Local – a new Leeds meet-up on December 3

As I mentioned the other week, the £2.5 million Destination Local project aims to support the next generation of hyperlocal media services in the UK.

TAL13: Hyperlocal sustainability debate is highlight

The financial sustainability of hyperlocal blogs and independent community media provided a lively discussion at the weekend’s Talk About Local ‘Unconference’.

Sunday reading: Everyblock closure, #oohhyperlocal and who’s winning Leeds?

Afternoon all! Here’s my latest Sunday reading round-up. USA hyperlocal news and community discussion site EveryBlock closed Thursday, as NBC News announced it struggled to become profitable and was not a “strategic fit.” Everyblock was one of the early pioneers of data-driven hyperlocal community news and information. It’s closure came as a shock and considerable disappointment […]

Cardiff’s Centre for Community Journalism launched

I was in Cardiff this week to see the launch of Cardiff University’s highly anticipated and hugely ambitious Centre For Community Journalism. The event was a big success – a day-long series of talks on a variety of issues facing hyoperlocal and community journalism, such as funding, building community, social media, and how to build successful […]

Could 2013 be the year of the ‘news co-op’? (Perhaps Leeds should try one?)

I was chatting recently to a learned colleague about future sustainable business models for blogs and media organisations. It’s a hot potato which isn’t going to go away in 2013 (or any time in the following years, come to that). Just how can hyperlocal blogs become commercially sustainable? How can downsizing mainstream media organisations make […]

£10,000 grants available to boost neighbourhood news

Grants of £10,000 will shortly become available for local news operators, bloggers and ‘civil society organisations’ to help connect local people with democracy and their own community.

Sunday reading: Revenue, #newsrw, paywalls, local TV and high streets

“Here at Talk About Local we’ve always felt there’s a role here for hyperlocal sites– in among the big business interests and complexity of planning regulations there lies a basic need for some better local data, a public respositary for it and a way to share the knowledge of the town. At a local level, […]

Will Local World kickstart regional press fightback?

It’s been an interesting week in the world of regional press publishing. Local World – which brings together the 110 titles run by Daily Mail & General Trust‘s Northcliffe Media and Iliffe News & Media, including the Leicester Mercury, Bristol Post and Cambridge News, and counts Trinity Mirror as a 20% shareholder – will be […]

Tragedy of Journalism Foundation closure

The Journalism Foundation, which “promotes, develops and sustains free and independent journalism”, is in the process of shutting down less than a year after its launch. The foundation had garnered initial support of about £600,000 from the family of Evgeny Lebedev, owner of The Independent and the London Evening Standard newspaper titles. But it  proved very […]

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