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
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
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
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?
"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
“How will this all end?” This short sentence summarises the confusion that can swirl around early reporting of a breaking news story, as journalists, commentators and witnesses try to make sense of information. In this instance, that closing coda (Cortazzi, 1993) is delivered to camera by a journalist on the streets of Harare in Zimbabwe. As news began … Continue reading Breaking news: how an unfolding narrative works across different platforms
After a varied career spanning news reporting, regional newsdesks, magazine editing, public sector PR and strategic communications, my ambition is to pull together these disparate skills and experiences to create a Master’s level multimedia, local, investigative journalism project. Form: Launch a multimedia ‘hyperlocal’ style website, http://www.wyrelife.co.uk showcasing a series of articles and regular long-form investigative … Continue reading FROM IDEA TO ACHIEVABLE PLAN: DESIGNING A MASTER’S LEVEL JOURNALISM PROJECT