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Case Study: Lichfield Community Media (LCM) (UK)

The name of the publication and / or company

Lichfield Community Media (LCM)

Established

2009

Web Address

lichfieldlive.co.uk

Form of the company

Community interest company

Describe your site or business in few words.

Philip John, web developer, internet consultant: “LCM started as Lichfield Blog three years ago. Later on the name was changed to Lichfield Live. Recently LCM launched also Burntwood Live. (Lichfield and Burntwood are major towns in Lichfield District, in Staffordshire, which is home to about 97 000 people.)”

Philip John also runs his own web business, Journal Local, which offers a WordPress platform designed especially hyperlocal websites.

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Case Study: Hackney Citizen (UK)

The name of the publication and / or company

Hackney Citizen

Established

2007

Web Address

hackneycitizen.co.uk

Form of the company

2 limited companies: the publisher is Citizen Media Ltd and the trader is Hackney Citizen Ltd

Describe your site or business in few words.

Keith Magnum, editor-in-chief: “We publish an independent free monthly newspaper called Hackney Citizen and run a website by the same name. We distribute 10 000 copies around Hackney, a borough of North East London, in shops and cafés.

We’ve been monthly since July 2010. Before that we published quarterly, since July 2008. Initially, the website was just a holding page, probably for the first year, until about 2009 when we begun doing more frequent news online. Before that, we didn’t know about WordPress or the whole online hyperlocal scene in the UK. So it was a bit weird to suddenly find ourselves a part of it!

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Case Study: Dijonscope (France)

The name of the publication and / or company

Dijonscope

Established

September 2009

Web Address

www.dijonscope.com

Form of the company

French equivalent of LLC

Describe your site or business in few words.

Dijonscope is a regional online news site with a strong identity for independent journalism. It is the first online daily regional to be officially recognised as a press organisation under French authorities. The mission statement representing the work of the journalists on the site is impassioned: Inform, investigate, and criticize.

The team of Dijon-based journalists focus on quality rather than quantity, with editorial decisions being more about cutting-edge investigative or informative reporting than following the day-to-day highlights from institutes – formerly the fodder of regional printed press. Their value for readers is in creating ‘ a rigorous and independent range of information, drawn and filtered by journalists and correspondents whose intellectual integrity is uncompromising’.

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Case Study: Asymco (Finland)

The name of the publication and / or company

Asymco

Established

2010

Web Address

asymco.com

Form of the company

Sole proprietorship

Describe your site or business in few words.

Asymco is a technology oriented blog and business, owned by a former Nokia analyst Horace Dediu, who is based in Helsinki, Finland. The blog has a large international audience and it has been cited by business and technology publications such as Fortune, Forbes and Wired, for example. Mr. Dediu is very well-respected especially as an Apple analyst.

Mr. Dediu says the contents of his blog is analysis, not journalism. It’s not meant to be news or commentary. It’s meant to be taking those news and data, public information, and trying to interpret them. Initially, he planned to do app development, and the blog was intended as a way to promote that business. However, soon he found out that the type of work that was requested from the blog turned out to be more management consulting. He obtained some consulting engagements within three months from starting the blog and that is still the primary source of income for him.

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Case Study: Varese News (Italy)

The name of the publication and / or company

Varese News

Established

1997

Web Address

www.varesenews.it

Form of the company

LLC

Describe your site or business in few words.

Varese News is an online-only local newspaper, often described as one of the best practice in Italian new media landscape. Founded in 1997 and having survived the Dot-com bubble, it gradually became the most read publication in the Varese area, surpassing even the well-established local daily La Prealpina. Having focused from the very beginning on technological innovation and community building, today their website has 80,000 unique visitors per day and it is financial sustainable. In 2000 the overall company structure was modified to include main trade associations, unions, some enterprises and other local institutions.

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Case Study: Rue89 (France)

The name of the publication and / or company

Rue89

Established

2007

Web Address

www.rue89.com

Form of the company

Société par actions semplifie (similar to LLC)

Describe your site or business in few words.

“Rue89 was launched in 2007 by five professional journalists, some of them previously involved with the leftist newspaper Liberation. From the very beginning, the website stood out for its unique approach to digital journalism, clearly stated in its initial slogan: “Information with three voices: journalists, experts and you!” The term “”Rue”" (street) symbolizes the opening of a new way, while the number 89 recalls three symbolic events in history: the French Revolution (1789), the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989), and the invention of the Web (1989).

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Case Study: AgoraVox (France)

The name of the publication and / or company

AgoraVox

Established

2005

Web Address

www.agoravox.fr

Form of the company

Foundation

Describe your site or business in few words.

AgoraVox was one of the first European citizen journalism sites. Created in 2005 from an idea by Carlo Revelli and Joël de Rosnay resembling the successful South-Korean OhMyNews website, AgoraVox relies almost exclusively on users generated content. The main aim of AgoraVox is to promote the freedom of expression and information, especially on issues not so much covered by mainstream media.

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Case Study: OurPlanet-TV (Japan)

Based on the interview made on 28.02.2011 with Hajime Shiraishi, OurPlanet-TV founder.

The name of the publication and / or company

OurPlanetTV

Established

2001/10/21

Web Address

www.ourplanet-tv.org

Form of the company

NPO (Not-for-Profit Organization)

Describe your site or business in few words.

OurPlanetTV is a non-profit alternative media organization that develops its own documentary and interview shows, and uploads them onto the internet. Although the group reports on a variety of social issues, its main focus is reporting on everyday life issues. Using community groups, movements, and labor organizations as their information sources, OurPlanetTV documents things happening in local areas and communities, mainly through videos.

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Case Study: Mangas Verdes (Spain)

The name of the publication and / or company

Mangas Verdes

Established

2004

Web Address

www.mangasverdes.es 

Form of the company

Personal Weblog

Describe your site or business in few words.

“Mangas Verdes” is a journalistic blog that gives information about 4 specific issues: Technology, Politics, Arts & Games. It was created, according to its CEO, Manuel Almeyda, to express “ideas not given in traditional mass media”.

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Case study: Landscape Juice (UK)

The name of the publication and / or company

Landscape Juice

Established

Landscape Juice blog 2006

Web Address

www.landscapejuice.com

Form of the company

Auto-entrepreneur (self employed based in France)

Describe your site or business in few words.

“Featuring analysis and comment, Landscape Juice is a journalism blog running as a trade magazine – the trade voice of the landscape and horticulture industry. A sister site Landscape Juice Network was established to act as a forum where other members write their own comments, tips, advice and discussions. The Landscape Juice Network, which was launched in April 2008, is an open association of landscape and horticulture industries helping business owners of all sizes.

The blog began because I wanted to run something on the internet when I came to France and a professional friend felt it was an opportunity, to write about all my knowledge in the industry as we realised there was nothing really out there. I switched to Typepad and started writing about my industry, about landscaping. There wasn’t anything – there were industry magazines but not online. This site is me writing with comment facilities open.

I took the Landscape Network in a direction I wasn’t comfortable with at first and it has taken two years to turn that decision around: originally the network was free and open to anyone but that devalued the site. Anyone, including consumers could come on and join. I vet the membership now. I look at their profile to keep it most definitely as a business community. Both the blog and the network are both optimised for Google and the content is open to view so it is all still open to read but consumers would not be able to be part of the conversation in the professional network which is better as they may not know enough about it. There are 2,400 members now.”

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