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Hyperlocals and the BBC: contribute to a consultation

The BBC are launching a consultation with hyperlocal websites on how it can “work in partnership” as part of its Local Journalism Working Group.

From the announcement:

The proposals include the creation of a Hyperlocal Forum which will work towards a number of objectives and shared areas of interest, with initial partners including Nesta and the Carnegie Trust.

The proposals for comment are to:

  • introduce an external linking system, currently being rolled out to all BBC website Local Live streams across the country, to hyperlocals and bloggers, and ensuring their content is showcased and credited on the BBC website

  • include hyperlocal providers in training and events as part of its media partnership work

  • invite hyperlocal bodies to be represented on the Local Journalism Working Group and other relevant panels

  • ensure all local BBC teams are aware of hyperlocals operating in their area

  • promote an updated register of hyperlocal sites, expected to be published at the end of the year

  • engage with partners from across the hyperlocal community and other external media to establish a Hyperlocal Forum to meet twice a year from November.

Some of this work is already being done (particularly Local Live), but the register suggests a more comprehensive approach and linking has long been a concern.

Send responses to hyperlocalviews@bbc.co.uk by September 30.

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