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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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Guardian global citizen reporting programme update

The Guardian’s head of diversity and inclusion Yasir Mirza has blogged some further information about his global citizen reporting programme for marginalised voices and the recent workshop in South Africa. People came in with burning social issues that, perhaps, the national media were overlooking. Twenty attendees from Lesotho, Durban, Cape Town, Soweto and Johannesburg, attended a gruelling Two-day training workshop, to help turn them into “citizen reporters”. The training covered storytelling, evidence-finding, verification and ethics, social media and ways to connect to us directly through our digital platforms such as...

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Hyperlocal heat map of the UK

This new heatmap of all the many hundreds of so-called hyperlocal publishers across the UK has been produced by Rob Powell – at an easy to remember URL too http://hyperlocal.uk. Of course the image above is just that, a static image of a sceengrab, but if you click through to the map on he page you can delve deeper, breaking out those clusters into closer and closer locations. Rob, who also runs the hyperlocal greenwich.co.uk, created the map in PHP along with the Google Maps API. It makes use of...

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Quick, cheap, simple website and tools for your…

The most powerful way to manage your neighbourhood plan development online is to use the tools Google provides for free – there’s a guide below.  I’ve fought loads of planning campaigns over the years (even helping win £1million from Network Rail for community improvements) and the biggest value is added by the simplest tools: a website that can manage comments easily a mapping tool document sharing and management email and a Facebook page and Twitter account apart from the latter you can do all this in Google.  As every month...

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