Weekly lists of local civic information (law courts, planning, licensing of alcohol, entertainment, adult, gambling etc) are a strong source of story leads for local journalists of all types. These lists can be over 500 pages long, requiring … [Read more...] about Towards a ‘Local News Engine’ #opendata
At Google's digital news initiative event in Berlin (#DNIBerlin) Google people are chatting about how the YouTube news search results are weighted. The core of their algorithm favours videos with many plays. This counts against searches for newsy … [Read more...] about A YouTube offer for #bbc #charterreview – due prominence and Embedded Player? #DNIBerlin
On my way to Salford for the Radio Festival 2014 #radfest2014 where I am due to speak on a panel on 'Festival Session: The Power of Local The way we consume local news has changed dramatically. Growth in traffic to local newspaper websites has more … [Read more...] about Salford Radio Festival 2014 – 'The Power of Local' #radfest2014 #hyperlocal
It's not every day that you get to sit next to someone who's on the run, forced to leave their home country in order to expose what's happening there. But that's how I found myself today at a forum for journalists who have to operate outside of the … [Read more...] about Hearing from journalists in exile
Running any website over a long period is at first a love affair that morphs into a long term relationship. There’s renewing your vows (replatforming from Typepad), having affairs (you’ve been spending too much time with Twitter), getting drunk and … [Read more...] about Keeping the love alive with your #hyperlocal website and #TAL13
There are some great independent local websites in Scotland that give their community a voice online. They range from the new MyTuriff (even the Turra Coo has her own Facebook identity), through to the vibrant community voices of Greener Leith and … [Read more...] about How big is the local web in Scotland?