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
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…
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
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 stories … Continue reading FROM IDEA TO ACHIEVABLE PLAN: DESIGNING A MASTER’S LEVEL JOURNALISM PROJECT
When the Scottish Government announced last month that it was banning fracking, it was a moment to savour for a group of journalists from an independent news site in the heart of the country. The team from investigative cooperative The Ferret had been the first news organisation to reveal plans by nine energy companies to bid for licences to extract … Continue reading “Data matters – but people matter more…” Insights from investigative journalist Peter Geoghegan of award winning Scotland-based news site the Ferret.
Giving people a voice, both figuratively and literally, is a key motivation behind a lauded, Emmy award-winning project by the New York Times, called One in 8 Million. Published eight years ago, the creators produced a collection of audio interviews with 54 New Yorkers, capturing experiences and stories in three minute snippets. It is a form … Continue reading “It’s just people, talking.” How New York Times project One in Eight Million stands the test of time
1. The 24/7 news cycle is never an excuse for inaccurate reporting, no matter how confused or fast moving the incident or how many people are clamouring for information. The quest for quick should never outweigh the need to verify and get it right. This is especially true when major incidents are unfolding - … Continue reading 7 things I took away from the News Impact Summit Manchester 2017 #NISMCR