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…

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