Update at 11.30: There’s been more comment on this throughout the morning. The culture secretary Maria Miller is reported in this post on The Guardian to be saying the “one-man band or a single blogger” would not be affected by the legislation because of the definition of “relevant publisher” in relation to exemplary damages.
The piece goes on to say:
Miller said “student and not-for-profit community newspapers” will not be caught under the new rules and that “scientific journals, periodicals and book publishers will also be left outside the definition and therefore not exposed to the exemplary damages and costs regime”
Thanks to @gazthejourno on Twitter for sending through a link to the full document if you want to read up on it…….and we’re expecting Tom Watson MP to pop by here this afternoon to add his thoughts. In the meantime there’s a poll on this issue now running here http://www.facebook.com/n0ticenearby.
The straight answer to that question is that nobody actually knows yet but there’s a great deal of confusion around the whole issue because the wording refers to websites which have some news content.
One of the key definitions highlighted here says a ‘relevant publisher’ includes:
“a website containing news-related material (whether or not related to a newspaper of magazine)” Read more
We have had a few people from Hyperlocal sites contacting us here at Talk About Local to ask about Hyperlocal sites and proposed Press Regulation and how might it affect them.
Well in short, right now, we don’t know, but it looks like some sites may fall within the proposed new regulations if this screen grab is anything to go by. Read more
Some people going to the Res Publica/Carnegie UK Trust event ‘Future of the press: hyperlocal is it worth the hype’ might be new to the area. So I thought a rudimentary primer on the UK hyperlocal scene might be helpful. The following is informed by Talk About Local’s experience over several years working with people who run local websites all over the country. And running local websites myself. I can’t hope to cover everything below nor to have a consensus text – if people suggest good stuff in the comments I’ll update the post to reflect and turn it into an FAQ maybe. Read more
Photo by Sasha Taylor
We love our TAL unconferences, it’s great to get so many enthusiastic people together to chat about their passion. We get rave feedback from participants and it’s been flattering to have so many people asking about this year’s event – before we had even got to the end of January. Read more
This week’s launch of the new Centre for Community Journalism took centre stage at a Cardiff conference which saw key players in the hyperlocal scene come together to discuss enabling and empowering communities.
Set within the university’s journalism school, the new centre is an unusual, possibly unique, mix of practice, research and advice facility for people interested in local publishing and particularly independent set-ups. Read more