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Our next unconference is in February #tal15

We’ve got some good news to share – our next Talk About Local unconference is going to be on Saturday 28 February 2015 and we’d love to see you there. After tramping around the country (Stoke, Middlesbrough, Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds) over the past five years, this year we’re delighted to be in London and have been invited inside the wonderful British Library who very kindly are lending us their conference centre. It’s a very easy venue to get to, next to Kings Cross, St Pancras and Euston stations and a...

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DVLA – what are you going to do…

My longstanding interest in public policy and data is piqued this morning by this bizarre phrase used by DVLA in their otherwise admirable new car tax service as they seek to gather voluntary data: ‘The email address and/or mobile number supplied by you may also be used to ask about your experience of using this service, or to gain further insight around other motoring services. The DVLA does not share mobile phone numbers or email addresses with any outside organisations. Please tick if you wish to be sent information.’ Not...

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Guardian CEO Andrew Miller joins Talk about Local’s…

Talk About Local has been calling for a new relationship between the BBC and other local news providers for some years: one based on sharing stories and news assets paid for by the tax payer but that have no commercial value and a more mutual approach  And now the Guardian has joined in. Andrew Miller says of BBC content: ‘Where there’s no commercial value, it should be made freely available for national, local and hyper-local organisations to explore. It would mean more detailed storytelling. It would reinforce the BBC’s place as...

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Salford Radio Festival 2014 – ‘The Power of…

On my way to Salford for the Radio Festival 2014 #radfest2014 where I am due to speak on a panel on ‘Festival Session: The Power of Local The way we consume local news has changed dramatically. Growth in traffic to local newspaper websites has more than doubled since 2013. Social media sites like Twitter and Pinterest have seen significant growth in user numbers in the last 3 years. The number of hyper-local news sites has increased from an estimated 200 in 2012 to around 500 today, while BBC local radio...

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‘The UK needs a Knight News Challenge’ says…

It’s long been a frustration for publishers of local news sites, as well as academics studying the delivery of local news and information in the UK, that there has been little research on that most fundamental of issues – where’s the money coming from to support the many enterprises springing up around the country? While there have been a a few recent schemes designed to support and study a limited number of initiatives*, the independent local media (also referred to as hyperlocal) is largely operating in a free market but...

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