"While its full-time reporters will cover breaking news, Beentjes said Dichtbij relies most heavily on user-generated content on some of its section pages, like business or automotive. But Beentjes said he sees opportunities for growth in the various theme pages. They could be a place to feature content from other TMG properties, or even produce further branded content as Dichtbij could work with specific industries to produce relevant content."
More than two thirds of respondents (70 per cent) see what they do as participation in community life, while over half (57 per cent) identify it as local journalism. As our own data below demonstrated, much hyperlocal output does indeed cover the kinds of information, campaigning and watchdog activities that are regarded as journalistic norms. In a media market where traditional providers of local news are in retreat people are stepping in and self-consciously doing it for themselves.
- The UK community news sector is well-established, and dominated by players who have achieved a degree of longevity (nearly three quarters have been producing news for over three years, and nearly a third for more than five years).
- Seven out of ten producers see what they do as a form of active community participation, over half see it as local journalism, and over half as an expression of active citizenship.
- Large numbers also self-identify as producers of local journalism, and almost half have journalistic training or experience working in the mainstream media.
The BBC itself is an example of just how anxious news organisations are about being a platform for others: its local news sites now automatically pull in headlines linking to local newspapers’ articles – but hyperlocal sites are excluded entirely.
"Maybe most news websites are doomed to fail, just like most restaurants, yet there will always be another because they fill a need. "
"The stories shared by these citizen journalists tend to be particularly hyperlocal in nature, Lani explained, from reports on household rubbish not being collected to potholes in the road.
"Normally journalists cannot write this kind of news," he added, "because you would need probably hundreds and hundreds of journalists in every corner of the city"."
"Armstrong told me at a recent dinner in New York that he sees the online publishing business shaking out into two models: one involving niche high-value audiences that advertisers will pay to reach with custom ads and events; the other involving publications with huge audiences that can ingest mass amounts of automated, targeted advertisements.
“Those in the middle will be wiped out,” he said.
""It's founded on the organic nature of using the community, and of news in the community," he said. "The arts community are very much in tune with social media – Harlow Playhouse film items each month which they upload to Vimeo. With a printed newspaper there's nowhere to hang that, with us there's a way to promote it.""
I regard the whole community as my team and facilitate and edit material – much of which originates from them.Coming from a traditional newsroom background (I’m a former BBC radio and television producer) and working as a freelance journalist I am used to dealing with all sorts of news stories and have legal knowledge and years of journalistic experience to deal with this.
the secondary result of London24.com is that we’ve connected tens of thousands of Londoners with their local newspaper Web site. Digital audiences to our London-based newspaper companion Web sites have grown by an average of 65% since the introduction of London24.com
But by telling people the progress of something , you make it more compelling. Flowing information onto our digital platforms, and repositioning ourselves to be a part of people's day earlier, gives us a better chance of reflecting their interests in our print pages.
So the liveblog is important - it tells people what's happening, it gives the team staffing it their own identities, and it allows conversations. But it's also an enabler to us changing the way we think, and way the work.
Betarocket sits down with Stephen Noble of North East arts and culture dispatch Keep Your Eyes Open and Ian Wylie of hyperlocal community news service Jesmond Local (Full interview)
Field Trip grabs your location (via cell tower, Wi-Fi or GPS) and shows you nearby points of interest: restaurants, parks, art shows, cool shops, and historical factoids about the area you’re in.
It’s the latest exemplar of Google’s continuing investment in local search, from the company’s acquisition of Zagat a year ago, to May’s launch of Google Now, its voice-powered local search tool (and Siri competitor) that’s built into the latest Android OS.
Here are seven tools that hyperlocal journalists can use to streamline the process of gathering data and generating the types of multiplatform content that readers embrace.
For me, I’m less interested in shiny technology than I am with communicating with people. If shiny tech can help reach an audience then I get to be really, really interested. Where news, the media and ultimately residents are heading then I believe that’s where communications people must be there too. Or even be as one of the first so they can get to understand what’s over the horizon. Maybe it echoes Buttry’s call that newspaper titles are obsolete but I’m getting increasingly convinced that the phrase ‘press officer’ and ‘PR officer’ are getting irrelevant. What does a press officer do when there’s less or no press and we still need to communicate with people?
3. When it comes to community contributions, a personal perspective is often crucial to a story.
Community contributors often want to report because they have an agenda they want heard. Obscuring that under a veil of objectivity just does not work on a community level
Open government campaigner Paul Cardin has used the Freedom of Information Act to unearth the number of times Richmondshire Council has used so-called compromise agreements.
He found out that six members of staff left the council between 2006 and 2010 under such agreements.
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