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Liberal Democrat Manifesto – digital, media, #opendata, #digitalinclusion,…

Belatedly i have managed to go through the Liberal Democrat manifesto, in the way I did the Labour and Conservative ones.   Some interestingly specific recommendations on hyperlocal media not visible in the other major manifestos, some of which are very similar to those in the work of Carnegie UK Trust, to which Talk About Local contributed.  Following from the manifesto: ‘* Use a variety of measures to ensure that there is a vibrant local and ‘hyperlocal’ media to help inform citizens about their local area and their local politics,...

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Conservative Party manifesto digital, media, #opendata, #digitalinclusion, #hyperlocal,…

A quick scan through the Conservative Party Manifesto reveals the following bits that reflect my interests in digital and local issues – I may well have missed some let me know in the comments: We have supported the growth of  public service mutuals – organisations that are owned by their staff and deliver public services. We want more of  them, so we will guarantee a ‘right to mutualise’ within the public sector. This will free up the entrepreneurial spirit of  public servants and yield bettervalue for money for taxpayers. Transparency has...

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Labour Manifesto – digital, media, #opendata, #digitalinclusion, #hyperlocal,…

The Labour Party has published its manifesto for #GE2015 – here is a quick cut and paste of the egregiously digital, media, open data and other bits that reflect the interests I write about here.  It is just a cut and paste job for quick TLDR reference – will improve this post as the day goes on.  Naturally it isn’t just about where any of these issues are mentioned explicitly, they will pervade others. We will build an economy that works for working people We will cap structural social security expenditure in...

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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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