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!
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’.
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.
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.
Based on an interview made on April 14, 2011 with Mr. Masaru Imai, Senior Executive Officer of the Press Net Japan Co., Ltd. that runs and operates 47NEWS news website. The interview was conducted in Japanese.
“47NEWS” is a news website, bringing together local, national and international news and information from 52 newspapers across Japan and Kyodo News, Japan’s leading news agency. Kyodo News also provides national and international news to its newspaper publisher members for their print media. The number 47 stands for the number of prefectures that make up Japan.
Tilannehuone.fi has existed as a website since 2004 or 2005. It was – and still is mainly a hobby for its developers, two brothers who were interested in crime, fire and rescue issues. In 2007 the company was established in order to get a media status in the eyes of authorities. The idea of Tilannehuone.fi is to aggregate all the open data about emergencies and alarms in Finland on one continuously updated list and illustrate the alarms also on an interactive map.
“Our main idea has been to show the information differently than others do. We want our web pages to be visually clear and that the information can be found easily and fast. We want to tell the people what’s really happening, not just that there was an alarm somewhere. We want to report also those alarms that aren’t newsworthy in other media. We never did this for other media companies, but for the man in the street. However, other media companies have learned how to make good use of our publication. When we started to sell advertising the publication became profitable.”
Tilannehuone.fi uses also volunteers who are collecting information and photos of accidents from different areas in Finland. The media coverage about the accidents is also linked to the site.
Alderleyedge.com was launched in 2008 and since then three hyperlocal sites have been set up: knutsford.com, wilmslow.co.uk and prestbury.com. These are hyperlocal news sites offering original news and views from the community in an affluent area. All the content and advertisers are focused within a five mile radius. The sites are run by a husband and wife team, who live in the area which they are serving journalistically. Together they divide the technology and design from the editorial and site management into two roles.
A community news website that uses paid staff, volunteers and community contributors to provide news and information about what’s going on here in town. They are also building a community: in places like North Carolina where – at least up until recently – the economy and population has been growing really fast, small communities like Davidson has been growing so quickly that it is really hard for people to hold on to the sense of community. DavidsonNews.net helps by providing a common page for us all to be on.
News about West Seattle with broad variety of topics. Continuous and original reporting, constantly updated with the help from community members aka. “collaborators”. A true 24/7 news site. Run by a couple, Tracy Record (editor) and Patrick Sand (business manager).