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.
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!
Aine McGuire, CMO: “Scraperwiki is a place where a community of coders and data scientists congregate to sift data. it’s also a data hub, a place for collection of information into a database and turning it into a form that people can use. Our business is ‘software as a service’.
We have a web-based platform where programmers write scripts to get, clean and analyse data sets. They can simply schedule code to run automatically, and they can reuse the structured data with our flexible API. We also have a data request service, which enables businesses to work with our data scientists and extract value from data. They can see their data being created, control access to it, and download the resulting spreadsheets.
Claire Wardle, global advocate: “Storyful is the first news agency of the social media age. The platform gives journalists the power to discover, verify and deliver the most valuable social media content. Storyful uses a unique combination of professional journalism and cutting-edge technology to separate the actionable news from the useless noise on platforms such as YouTube and Twitter.
We find and verify newsworthy content from the social web. We make this content available for our professional clients on a dashboard, daily email alerts, a private Twitter account and via access to a 24/7 email address. A few hours later the same content is used to build stories that are publicly available on Storyful.com.
It works so that we feed the dashboard with content – videos, photos, maps, everything that’s relevant. All this content has to have been verified an vetted by our journalists. Our professional clients also have access to a members-only Twitter account and they can email us requests for certain kind of content. Storyful’s clients include ABC News, the New York Times, France24, Channel4, and The Economist.
A Power Magazine is a free magazine providing information of daily life especially in support of foreigners who either have interest in Japan or on a visit in Japan as, for example, international students. Their contents include information on job-hunting, house renting, and visa application, as well as Japanese culture. Those contents are so close to daily life that they have attracted the attention of foreigners who are interested in Japan, and thus expanding its influence among them.
The interviewer on characteristics of the website: ‘ Our uniqueness lies in the fact that we are providing contents not only in Japanese, but also in English, Chinese and Korean. This is out of the consideration that any foreigner who is interested in Japan can have direct access to our contents, not to mention those who are currently staying in Japan, say, as international students.
“Effecinque (F5) – Refreshing Journalism is a startup company founded by four professional journalists. It focuses on content development and innovative services for Italian online news outlets. It was named after the computer keyboard key commonly used to refresh a web page on most browsers.
F5 works only as a sub-contractor for large Italian newspapers and outlets seeking innovative news reporting and visualization products. It was among the first company to provide original web-generated format (social media news gathering, live coverage, data journalism projects) and to invest in visual journalism (motion graphic videos, interactive infographics, timeline features). The main activity focus on reportages and online services on innovation, internet and media, supporting NGOs and big enterprises with research and consulting services, as well as web platform developer training. ”
Elisabetta Tola, founder of Formica Blu, explains:
“Formica Blu focuses on journalism and science communication, using a cross-media approach that embraces paper, TV, radio and web. Beside our webzine and a web radio, we work as subcontractors for several news outlets (magazines, national and local radios, TV); we assist science editors, research groups and public organizations with information dissemination, communication plans, post-graduate training and audio-video productions. Although journalism (with that I mean our radio show “Radio3 Scienze” and our support to Wired, L’Espresso, Le Scienze, Mente&Cervello) guarantees us high visibility, the most of our profit comes from communication products. We also have independent science communication projects for which we seek bottom-up financing.”
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.
FpS was established in 2009 as a cooperative of 17 students (today reduced to 11) from the Journalism School “Walter Tobagi” of Milan University, assisted by one expert tutor. We started off as subcontractors or freelancers for National newspapers, developing content for their websites and TV and radio programs. Then we specialized also in business communication (Press Office 2.0, corporate blogging, web-development) and today we mostly develop web projects for large companies. We are also working on the development of innovative products for online information.
“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).