Interestingly this will include access to a “virtual assignment desk” providing an “editorial work flow system” that any registered user of the NY Times can access. This sounds a really interesting development and like Lostremote I look forward to seeing it in action.
Scraperwiki are holding another event for info hackers, journalists and other interested parties in how to successfully build apps to find, collect and interpret freely available information on the web.
It’s on Friday October 15th 2010 from 9.30 am to 7.30 pm at the MadLab, 36-40 Edge Street, M4 1HN Manchester and comes on the back of similar events in Birmingham and Liverpool. Anyone interested in hyperlocal journalism could do worse than take the opportunity to familiarise themselves with these tools and techniques.
Shields Bialasik asks an interesting question on Hyperlocal 101 as to whether “…you need to edit community submitted content in your hyperlocal newspaper?” I suppose there are a number of different perspectives on this, but I sadly suspect its a bottom line question as the end of the day.
One of the less publicised developments around local media at he moment in the UK is the proposal by the Conservative party for the development of 80 local TV stations.
This proposals is a response to the dire state of the local newspaper market and is based on a report produced by Roger Parry, former Chairman of Johnston press. This article in Paidcontent sums it up nicely.
What is really interesting is that if you look at the Independently Funded News Consortium (IFNC) Strategy being trialled at the moment by the existing government and look at this Tory strategy it would appear that there is now a political consensus in the UK by the two main parties that local TV is the future for local news in Britain (at least in some form or other)!
Exciting times indeed. And where I wonder does it leave that old warhorse, regional news?
Talk about Local’s got an interesting post about a police response to web 2.0 and hyperlocal possibilities.
I was a bit sceptical as I began to read this, but the more I think about coppers tweating and the CID blogging the more sense I think it makes. Better horizontal communications = greater social capital = stronger communities. This could be another positive dimension of social media.
Now this is interesting and really gets to the heart of the challenge of replicating the existing cultural and business models of newspapers and their on-line future. “ImpreMedia, the nation’s No.1 Spanish-language online and print news publisher, announced today its plans to introduce hyperlocal coverage, initially in New York and Los Angeles, via community blogging partnerships”. This includes an impressive four week training course for bloggers in hyperlocal journalism and media sales, “El Diario La Prensa in New York and La Opinion in Los Angeles. Mr. Paton said the company will also give the bloggers training in sales and create mutually beneficial sales arrangements.” Some may disagree with this from a professional point of view, but I can see the logic and potential.
Cory Bergman at Lostremote raises the perennial question as to “why is it that so many journalists keep confusing “hyperlocal” with local?” A theme that has been raised on hyperlcoalworld before.
Equally he notes the odd position of big media companies who seem to have a very vague grasp of physical geography and that “It seems that any site that’s not run by a major media company that covers local news is suddenly hyperlocal — MinnPost covers a state, Voice of San Diego covers a city and Loudoun Extra covered a county are frequently mislabeled.”
He also makes the perfectly sensible point that, “Neighborhood news sites are hyperlocal because they offer a new layer of granular coverage that isn’t available on local news sites:” or for that matter resourceable or manageable in a conventional media structure. But are good news to nervous shareholders.
I have come across a very interesting post on the ‘Project for Public Spaces’ website about the importance of neighborliness and building local social capital.
The post points out the contemporary contradiction of most people simultaneously being (for the first time), global and local citizens, as they say “The notion of the neighborhood as an important social institution might seem old-fashioned, like nostalgic memories of the corner soda fountain. Yet it’s actually as up-to-date as an internet café, where you find people communicating with New Zealand and Morocco at their laptops but also striking up conversations with someone at the next table.”
They go on, “The mark of the 21st century person is to have one foot stepping out into the world and another squarely planted in their community. Even as our intellectual and economic horizons expand, the local community is still where we lead our lives, where our toes touch the ground, where everybody knows our name. Being rooted in the neighborhood of your choice (which may be many times zones from the neighborhood where you grew up) offers not just comfort but a prime opportunity to make a difference in the world.”
And in terms of hyperlocal news, “Issues that seem overwhelming at the international or even municipal level can often be effectively tackled close to home. That’s because the people who live in a particular locale are the experts on that place, with the wisdom and commitment to get things done.”
The Yorkshire Evening Post has launched twenty new hyperlocal news sites to cover Leeds and the surrounding areas. They claim to be aiming to launch more in the near future.
They look pretty good and the Roundhay one (left) seemed to have plenty relevant news. I hope that they get the grassroots involvement that they are looking for.