A new community for hyperlocal bloggers has been launched: Hyperlocal Alliance is “intended for grass-roots hyperlocal site owners, [and] is invite only (at the moment)”.
The Journalism Foundation has published a resource aimed at hyperlocal publishers – How To Build a Local Site (PDF) – including a chapter taken from the Online Journalism Blog (a rather curious choice, but there you go) and a link to Help Me Investigate in the Further Reading section.
NESTA has published Here And Now, its report (PDF) into the UK hyperlocal scene (shown above).
It’s also offering up to £50,000 in funding for hyperlocal projects.
And Birmingham City University (where I run the MA in Online Journalism) are recruiting a Research Assistant for a research project on hyperlocal publishing.
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University research into hyperlocal sites with a research assistant on £30k? You are having a laugh! That’s more than any Hyperlocal publisher is making!!
‘Challenge 1’ of this funding call from the Technology Strategy Board says: “Challenge 1 encourages innovative, hyper-local cross-media platforms and enabling technologies that will drive new service offerings, reach out into communities and provide conduits for public services.”