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 across the UK and Ireland. The aim of Local Web List is to make it easier for policymakers and mainstream media outlets to engage with the hyperlocal news sector; help hyperlocals to establish stronger links with each other if they wish to do so; and make it easier for citizens to identify new, reputable, independent sources of local news in their area.
With the publication of this report, Carnegie adds to the knowledge of the sector and its evolving nature. In many cases, the sector is showing maturity and a growing commercial opportunity. The introduction explains:
As a largely volunteer-led sector, hyperlocals are predominantly started by people who are passionate about their communities and who contribute substantial amounts of time to their local news site. However, the sustainability of the service hyperlocals provide – in terms of the time the teams can commit and the income generated – is a challenge for many in the sector. As the scale, activities and business models of hyperlocals vary, so does the income generated by the sites.
The report can be downloaded here or via the screen below.