Once upon a time, I ran a hyperlocal website that looked at the politics in Stoke-on-Trent, you might of heard of Pits n Pots? I ran the site with Tony and other contributors, it was a community effort, although it was left leaning, it was … [Read more...] about Let sleeping hyperlocals lie?
The Carnegie Trust has launched a new report which looks at examples of innovation in the UK's hyperlocal sector. The report coincides with the launch of Local Web List we've been developing here, a revamped directory of hyperlocal news providers … [Read more...] about Hyperlocals: ‘A growing sector addressing news gaps’
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 … [Read more...] about The power of a royal visit and the hope of content collaboration
Today saw the launch of the UK Hyperlocal Community News report. It’s a welcome piece of (open access) quantitative research by three UK universities on the state of the British hyperlocal scene in a landscape where research has traditionally been a … [Read more...] about Culture, council and campaigning – the UK hyperlocal scene today
When the young man that much of the UK now knows simply as Mushy stood up to make a leaving speech to his schoolmates, it was not only a personal triumph but also a revealing illustration of the power of storytelling about a place. The teenager … [Read more...] about The power of stories for places (or why everywhere needs a Mushy)
A press release from the Department for Communities and Local Government released today shows that Eric Pickles MP is serious about opening up Town Halls in England giving residents, bloggers and journalists the ability to report, blog, tweet and … [Read more...] about Eric Pickles to use law to open up Town Halls