Bucking the trend: the independent local mag winning friends and advertisers in Shrewsbury

Current research into the burgeoning 'hyperlocal' news scene tends to focus on websites. Indeed, definitions of what is meant by hyperlocal usually include reference to it as a digital, online medium: "Online news or content services pertaining to a town, village, single postcode or other small, geographically defined community." (Nesta, 2015) Here's  another: “Hyperlocal media operations … Continue reading Bucking the trend: the independent local mag winning friends and advertisers in Shrewsbury

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Looking for breaking news in Kidderminster? Try Facebook pages…

So, I'm starting this blogpost with a disclaimer, to avoid anyone else feeling the need to state the obvious. It was a quickly created survey, done solely to test out the Surveys for Pages feature on Facebook, and comprised five short questions about attitudes towards local news in my town of Kidderminster, in north Worcestershire. … Continue reading Looking for breaking news in Kidderminster? Try Facebook pages…

HYPERLOCALS ‘UNLIKELY TO GET MUCH CASH OUT OF MAINSTREAM PUBLISHERS’ WARNS REGIONAL EDITOR

Should independent hyperlocal news operations expect 'cashback'  from mainstream publishers who use their copy?  It’s one of the questions I’m keen to answer in my ongoing search for a sustainable way forward for my fledgling community news operation in north Worcestershire, Wyre Life. First to help me explore the possibilities is Marc Reeves, editor of … Continue reading HYPERLOCALS ‘UNLIKELY TO GET MUCH CASH OUT OF MAINSTREAM PUBLISHERS’ WARNS REGIONAL EDITOR

Why I’ve launched a community news site in Kidderminster, a town with a still-thriving weekly

In the middle of England, rarely featuring in any best-of or worst-of lists, sits my home town of Kidderminster. With a burgeoning population, around 59,000 at the last count, it sits midway between the country's second biggest city, Birmingham, and one of its smallest, Worcester. It's a rugged little town, with a sprawling retail centre … Continue reading Why I’ve launched a community news site in Kidderminster, a town with a still-thriving weekly

Celebrating female creative entrepreneurship: innovators of the past and present

Amber Massie-Blomfield was identified by the Evening Standard last year as one to watch in a feature spotlighting young female entrepreneurs who, the newspaper proclaimed, would "inspire you to start your own business". At the time she was executive director at the iconic Camden People's Theatre, a community venue renowned for supporting early career artists, … Continue reading Celebrating female creative entrepreneurship: innovators of the past and present

Can creative entrepreneurs do good? Or rather, can they do good and be sustainable?

Is it possible to do good within the creative industries? That's the question posed by Hesmondalgh and Baker (2011) in their treatise on creative labour, its meaning and practical implications. Yet it would seem from reading some definitions of creative entrepreneurship that doing good - or at least having an ambition to 'do good' - … Continue reading Can creative entrepreneurs do good? Or rather, can they do good and be sustainable?

I thought “entrepreneur” was a dirty word but I’m beginning to see the light

"Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity beyond resources controlled." This definition of what is meant by entrepreneurship was coined at Harvard Business School by guru Prof Howard Stevenson. The key elements of this phrase - pursuit, opportunity, beyond resources controlled - are a good starting point for an exploration of what it means to be … Continue reading I thought “entrepreneur” was a dirty word but I’m beginning to see the light