Talk About Local 2015

March 5th, 2015 by Jerome Turner in Hyperlocal | no comments

Last Saturday was the annual meetup of UK hyperlocal media practitioners, run by Talk About Local – their own writeup can be found here, and it was covered on Twitter  of course. I attended with colleague Dave Harte. The event was held at the British Library, London, so perhaps unsurprisingly attracted a fair few local-ish […]

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Creative Citizens in 2015

January 16th, 2015 by Jerome Turner in Research | no comments

This post is by the project’s Principal Investigator, Professor Ian Hargreaves The Creative Citizens work programme formally ends in February 2015, but we still have a busy programme of publishing, talking and seeking ways to carry the work forward. In January, I made a presentation to the Connected Communities Strategic Advisory Board, which generated a […]

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“What are creative citizens?” Perspectives from our conference delegates

September 22nd, 2014 by Jerome Turner in Conference | no comments

Creative Citizens news cafe

The definition and qualities of ‘creative citizens’ are issues we’ve discussed at length during the course of the project, so this was a question I posed to six of the delegates at our Creative Citizens conference last week. Knowing that these were immediate distillations given at the point when I approached people asking for a […]

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Creative Citizens Unbound

September 10th, 2014 by Jerome Turner in Conference | no comments

This post is by the project’s Principal Investigator, Professor Ian Hargreaves We’re ready to go with the UK’s first Creative Citizens conference, due to take place on September 18/19 at the Royal College of Art in London. This Cardiff-led event will bring together scholars and community activists from all over the world to discuss the […]

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A DIY guide for creative citizens: Another reason to sign up for our September conference.

May 29th, 2014 by Jerome Turner in Research | no comments

This post is by the project’s Principal Investigator, Professor Ian Hargreaves Excellent day’s discussion in Bristol with some authors of DIY Citizenship, a new book from MIT Press which tackles many of the same issues as our Creative Citizens project. Professor Megan Boler (University of Toronto) was at the Bristol Pervasive Media Studio to open […]

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New research: How do hyperlocals contribute to local democracy and what do they need?

February 5th, 2014 by Jerome Turner in Hyperlocal | no comments

Collaborative survey asks about hyperlocals’ contribution to the UK media landscape. Survey at this link Hyperlocal publishing and community websites are becoming an increasingly important feature of the UK media landscape, supplementing existing print titles and other local platforms.  In some places they may even be the only form of dedicated media coverage. While the […]

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Making a community newspaper: our story

January 9th, 2014 by Jerome Turner in Hyperlocal | no comments

We’ve talked before about our recent ‘printervention’ co-creation within the hyperlocal media strand of our project. It’s now worth describing what happened in the Cannock part of this work at least – we’ll come back to Tyburn later. Our work to date in Cannock had noted that Connect Cannock were making attempts to reach out to […]

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Ask Five: Lichfield Lore interviews Distinctly Black Country

November 19th, 2013 by Jerome Turner in Ask Five | no comments

In the next blog of our series, Lichfield Lore interviews Distinctly Black Country, ‘a network for understanding yesterday’s landscape today’. 1. Why was the Distinctly Black Country network set up? A number of reasons. An important one was that we felt that the area should be seen as a single historic landscape instead of a rather […]

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Space: the final frontier in creative community projects?

October 17th, 2013 by Jerome Turner in Hyperlocal | no comments

Make:Shift logo

I’ve just returned from a meeting of Make:Shift, an initiative by Wolverhampton City Council to engage with citizens and help them define, expand and realise community projects. This was in fact a small meeting, pre-emptive of the unconference a couple of weeks later. Last year’s unconference event was run by FutureGov; this year the council are […]

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A quiz for hyperlocals: What do we know about our audiences?

October 1st, 2013 by Jerome Turner in Hyperlocal | no comments

Middlesbrough - the view from MIMA

How much do hyperlocals know about the people who read their content, whether it be blog posts, tweets or Facebook? This was something I wanted to explore through discussion at last Saturday’s Talk About Local unconference in Middlesbrough (pictured). Of course there is a difference between what we know and suspect we know, but I wanted […]

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