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The power of a royal visit and the…

Royal visits, as every publisher of local news knows, still provoke a huge amount of local interest and excitement. Add into that an aspect of local heritage and history – the first time in 50 years that soldiers have exercised their freedom of the town right to match with bayonets – and it’s a spectacle that will make a major impact in a small market town. And so it was for my own hyperlocal site, The Richmond Noticeboard this week. Royal visits also have their own protocols and procedures and...

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Trust and the future of government communications –…

I attended a small seminar today convened by Cabinet Office civil servants as part of a series on the future of government communications.  The theme was public trust and engagement and the learnings for central government from local government and local comms.  I broadly said: one way to garner trust is communications is to put the people you have in your organisation who are trusted into places where people go to seek trusted advice. The long running IPSOS MORI work on trust in professions suggests that  for central government it...

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Pickles’ right to film law: Will it make…

Finally journalists, bloggers and quite simply anyone who’s interested has the right to film town hall meetings. With last week’s signatures on the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, local government secretary Eric Pickles brought in new rules designed to open up local decision making and bring more scrutiny to bear on everything from planning applications to policing policy. Is this a new dawn for the UKs democratic process? The new ‘right to film’ law has been widely welcomed by many who’ve been campaigning on the issue. If you missed...

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Talk About Local at the Arts Marketing Association…

During today and tomorrow, I shall be at the Arts Marketing Association annual conference in Bristol. The event takes as its theme ‘the people previously known as the audience’ marking an evolution in communication, technology and publishing which has impacted upon many sectors including the arts. It promises an interesting keynote on that topic by Ben Cameron of the Doris Duke Foundation who supervises a $13 million grants program aimed at the theatre, contemporary dance, jazz and presenting fields. Grants there happen in three main areas: commissioning and distribution of...

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New training course from talk about local in…

  Do you need help with a constant stream of pictures, comments and videos arriving at your door? Maybe you’re struggling to persuade enough people to engage with your publication? Whatever your experience and confidence of dealing with  User Generated Content, talk about local can help. More people are finding they need to deal with pictures, video and text submitted by people for publication as part of the mix on websites and blogs. Where once there was the comments to moderate and respond to, all sorts of publishers of all...

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