Are you a hyperlocal covering this year’s general and local elections? If so, then Online Journalism Blog would love to hear from you!
In particular, we’d love to hear what you’re doing and how it is going, as well as if you’ve encountered any problems/challenges. Do leave comments below or contact us via Twitter.
We’ll then feature links to your coverage in a future post, as part of our wider efforts to showcase the great work being done by this sector, as well as where local publishers might need more help in terms of access to candidates, accreditation etc.
What do you do when you’ve been using a hashtag for some time and another one comes along with the potential to be more popular? Do you jump on board – or do you stick with the hashtag you’ve built up? How do you measure the best hashtag to use for your work?
In a guest post, Damian Radcliffe says that hyperlocal sites are being held back by regional newspaper snobbery, while he gives 10 reasons why hyperlocal should be recognised as a valuable part of local media.
The AudioBoom digital news team is facing its first big challenge: covering the upcoming General Election.
The team was created at the beginning of the year, specialising in covering international news, as it aimed to be not only a platform where others share audio, but also a publisher in its own right. Team leader David Marsland has joined this group, which is now focused on engaging people in politics in the run up to the general election.He says:
“People don’t get involved with politics that much outside of the election’s time. But with the elections approaching, we are getting a lot of listeners for all of our political staff.”
The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) is offering to pay travel and accommodation for journalists from ASEM countries (these include the UK, China, Australia, Spain, Thailand, India, Ireland and Japan) to attend the 10th ASEF Journalists’ Colloquium on Crisis/Disaster Reporting.
The event will be held in Luxembourg from 4-6 November 2015.
Applications need to be submitted online by Tuesday, 12 May 2015 – more details here.
Structured Stories is a news database under construction which intends to empower everyone to collect, use and improve a permanent record of news events. Creator David Caswell wants to switch the current approach to archives, which “is just not working”, for “some form of structured information that can be networked.”
According to Caswell, adding value to the structured narrative could be a way to return to something similar to the economic mechanism of the 20th century: a distribution-based bundle.