The Internet affords cheap, easy access to priceless information. But local news coverage is a casualty of its rise.
Damian Radcliffe's insight:
"It would be nice to think that citizen journalists could simply step into the breach, empowered by the tools the web provides. Perhaps that will occur in future years more than is now the case. But show me a local newspaper that has laid off a significant number of editors and beat reporters, and I'll show you a city where a lot of institutional knowledge, built at great cost over many years, was suddenly, perhaps irrevocably lost; where even skilled citizen journalists have a hard time filling the breach, because unlike local newspapers they aren't backed by an lawyer on retainer to sue when the city attorney won't fill the public records request, and they lack institutional heft to secure access to officials who can ignore Jane Blogger a lot more easily than a broadsheet that prints daily editorials, endorses candidates, and has institutional authority."
Innovation Series is the Broadcasting Board of Governors Office of Design and Digital Media Strategy's ongoing discussion on innovation in media. (RT @BBGinnovate: "The Future of #Mobile News: Location Aware #Apps & Beyond".
Patch's Webster Predicts Profit in Late 2013NetNewsCheck.comHyperlocal news has been called a failed business model in that advertisers are only interested in its tiny audiences when they are rolled into a mass audience.Patch Scores Highest Traffic...
Over the last few years, the UK has seen many launches of online local media services that attempt to deliver hyperlocal content. But traditional media providers have found it hard to adjust their high-cost models to a sufficiently local area. Meanwhile, hyperlocal bloggers find it difficult to develop a critical mass of audience and to define the right business models to grow their offers into more sustainable services. Little evidence is publicly available on the success or failure of these services.
This review offers an insight into a diverse, creative and emerging sector. To our knowledge, this is the first time that such a comprehensive review has been undertaken. We hope that this review will encourage an appetite for a greater understanding of hyperlocal media from both industry and policymakers.
Capital New YorkPatching up?Tim Armstrong's hyperlocal-news baby has numbers to brandish ...Capital New YorkThe network of some 850 hyperlocal news sites, which was co-founded by Tim Armstrong in 2007 and acquired by AOL two years later when Armstrong...
The South London Pressis to launch seven hyperlocal titles tomorrow (Friday).
In addition to the South London Press, the 147-year-old paid-for title bought four years ago by the Tindle Newspapers, readers will see new titles in Streatham, Brixton, Wimbledon, Wandsworth, Dulwich, Deptford & New Cross and Forest Hill & Sydenham.
A Welsh hyperlocal website launched less than two years ago has received its two millionth page view and exceeded 10,000 monthly users.
Mywelshpool.co.uk was co-founded by former regional newspaper journalist David Williams who has attributed its success to the increase in rural smart phone and tablet use.
The site which covers a rural area of Powys has recorded two million page views in just 20 months and has welcomed 10,000 unique users in a one-month period for the first time since its launch, an increase of nearly 30pc compared to the same period last year.
The second issue of the Brixton Bugle, picture left, hit the streets of SW2 and SW9 this morning.
The Bugle team were outside Brixton Tube station from 7.30am to give out 7,000 copies of the hyperlocal paper, published by the Brixton Blog. Newspapers will also be available from Brixton Library, the Ritzy cinema, Lambeth Town Hall and in a number of shops, cafes and pubs across Brixton Town Centre.
The key to success is, apparently, lies in a hyperlocal approach to news that is rooted in old-fashioned journalistic values rather than a trend emerging out of the digital revolution. When taking over the failing Tenby Observer, ...
The Weather Channel Makes Push for Smart Hyperlocal Ads The Weather Channel is all about location, and so – increasingly – are its ads. The cross-channel meteorology brand has 30 million mobile users (average ...
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