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 […]
Launched at the Creative Citizens conference in September 2014, the Creative Citizens’ Variety Pack is a collection of practical case studies: 12 diverse, inspirational community projects, all making use of digital tools in creative ways for social benefit, with suggestions and advice from the people involved. Along with projects from the three strands of the […]
We recently published a new guide for hyperlocal producers to support the ways in which they can engage with the communities they seek to represent. At the Creative Citizens conference on 18 September, Rachel Howells (from Port Talbot Magnet) spoke to one of the guide’s authors, Andy Williams about the publication.
Download a copy of our guide: please click here. There are many guides designed to help marketing professionals use on- and offline engagement strategies to boost sales or improve revenues. There are far fewer written to help those with more altruistic, community- or civic-minded, goals (a notable exception is the short e-book Connected: The power […]
A report based on the largest ever survey of UK hyperlocal news producers has been published.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Last year I did some stats about how many news stories are produced by hyperlocal websites. I used the Openly Local database as the listing source and then counted the stories pushed through the RSS feeds of the sites (there was also a degree of tortuous manual counting as well. The method is described in […]
Best to have a quick glance at the set of pics of this asset-mapping session on Flickr to give you an idea of what I’m talking about below. Members of the Creative Citizens research team (myself, Jerome Turner and Andy Williams) attended an ‘unconference’ (#TAL13) on Saturday 29 September 2013, staged by our project partners Talk About Local. […]