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Martha Lane Fox Dimbleby Lecture – dot everyone,…

Martha Lane Fox gave the Dimbleby lecture this evening.  She raised some excellent points but i can’t stay up to see the broadcast at 2245 (how quaint) so here are some reactions based on an early draft I saw. The BBC – Martha is delivering one of the most BBC of things – an invitation-only lecture in honour of one of its leading journalists broadcast on the prime channel. Yet at the heart of what she says is the failure of the BBC to become the dot everyone organisation she...

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General Election guide for community journalists launched

The Centre for Community Journalism at Cardiff Uni has published this excellent, downloadable and shareable guide to covering the general election today. For those of us currently engaging with local candidates on our independent websites and blogs, this brings together some of the vast knowledge and experience from the network. It covers: Election engagement tools and ideas Media law advice on covering elections Political polling data dissemination Information on devolved and non-devolved matters in relation to Wales Details on candidates in Wales and how to contact them Tools for selling...

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Public service distribution in the age of the…

Imagine if one day the TV transmitter decided that it didn’t want to broadcast BBC news, because it was too boring, the transmitter also didn’t like Panorama much and felt strongly that In the Night Garden was no where near as good as Frozen so stopped putting those out too.  Or a printing press decided that the Daily Telegraph’s investigation into an MP wasn’t interesting so blanked that bit.  Or a delivery van decided that a suburb wasn’t interested in local news so didn’t deliver the local paper there.  If...

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General election 2015 planning for hyperlocals

During the weekend’s Talk About Local Unconference, we put aside a session on the general election which everyone attending was able to take part in. Planning for this year’s election figures highly with many hyperlocal websites and the following list of ideas, hope, fears and tools are what the group on the day came up with and which might prompt some inspiration for others. The Googledoc is still open here and you’re invited to share more ideas or observations there. IDEAS Page for each ward so candidate has space Crowdsource...

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Talk About Local unconference 2015 #tal15

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MPs call for BBC to share their local…

The Commons Media Select Committee report into the BBC has added further impetus to a rebalancing of the BBC’s relationship with local media – whether papers, websites, tweeters etc.  Although they don’t mention the independent hyperlocal web explicitly the Committee says: ’30. The BBC must not expect to receive others’ news content without providing something in return. We are attracted by the idea of exchanges of content and information, where the BBC local websites link to the source of local material they have used, and in return the BBC allows...

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Knight News Challenge on elections – could be…

This will be of interest to #hyperlocal people in the UK  – I fully expect some local sites will produce brilliant election coverage this year combining genuine on the ground presence with smart application of technology.  It’s always hard to know with Knight whether they take UK applications seriously – but they have awarded in the UK in the past and confirm that this competition is global (despite continual mention of Americans).  And as we have an election coming up there must be fertile ground on this side of the pond....

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It’s #TAL15 – what’s on the agenda?

  Wow it’s only a week to go before TAL15 at the wonderful British Library conference centre next to London’s St Pancras on 28 February.  It will be great to see all our local web friends again and welcome new faces who haven’t been to this event before.  There still room for more to come (we’ll release more tickets).  It’s an unconference so there isn’t a fixed agenda in advance – the attendees make that up on the morning.  But to get the creative juices flowing here’s a few topics we...

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Police databases time for some broadly based civilian…

Through my seat on the Crime and Justice Sector Transparency panel I have asked the Home Office for a note on lay or civilian membership of governance bodies of the major police databases.  I want to help stop the police blundering into the same problems that the NHS England encountered with Caredata through, in my view poor management and a lack of balanced governance. About ten years ago as a resident of London’s Kings Cross I was heavily involved in helping the police and other local bodies fight crime.  I am...

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BBC Head of News acknowledges frankly that BBC…

James Harding came to the BBC from The Times.  So he isn’t as steeped in BBC-ism as other senior managers there and this gives him a helpful perspective.  I’ve seen him speak up at Salford and is, I think sincere in his efforts to change the way the BBC does things better to prepare it for the future.  James Harding has a nice report out (pdf – don’t under any circumstances try the awful bespoke snazzy website which manages to screw up even scrolling) on the future of news.  The...

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