CommSpace: A new social network just for media/journalism/communications professors, students, and researchers has launched! It’s run by Sage Publications
ten fantastic free online tools anyone can use to make their website more interactive, attractive and informative.
“However, I do think there’s a potential growing mismatch between what’s happening at forward-thinking higher education institutions like Salford and how ‘media’ is delivered in UK secondary schools. It’s something I’m personally passionate about and I think we have an opportunity to begin to redefine and change that delivery by opening up new types of dialogue and shared practice with schools."
VISIT STV LOCAL
The local sites that are now live, can be found here, along with details of the new community editors:
Enthusiasts for open data tell us that we should just get into the habit of publishing it, because being open and transparent is better than not being so: the other stuff is important but it’s irrelevant if the data isn’t actually there. I nearly agree with that, but it troubles me a little when people support open data with the argument that being open and transparent is good, as if that’s a universal truth.
It focused on three well-established sites around London: Brockley Central, East Dulwich Forum and Harringay Online.
The research shows that they serve to enhance the sense of belonging, democratic influence, neighbourliness and involvement in their area.
Archive for November, 2010
ebuzzing is a platform that enables bloggers and advertisers to be put in touch with one another, and offers them online tools to manage a balanced, productive collaboration, founded on honesty, creativity and transparency.
This is my attempt to walk someone through the most basic computer science theory so that he/she can begin collecting data in an automated way off of web pages, which I think is one of the most useful (and time-saving) tools available to today’s journalist. And thanks to the countless hours of work by generous coders, the tools are already there to make this within the grasp of a beginning programmer.
Bridge to BBC North complete
This afternoon came the announcement that the new Salford Quays bridge spans the Quays water from Trafford side to BBC North for the first time. See the webcam image capturing the moment here.
and talking of MediaCity there’s a special event on next week to consider the opportunities it will yield for businesses and individuals living and working across the north of England
Navigating MediaCityUK is on Thursday 2 December from 6pm-9pm at Waterside Arts Centre.Tickets are £10 and are available from Waterside Arts Centre box office on 0161 912 5616, 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday.
Further information and updates: http://www.creativeindustriestrafford.org
Happy fourth birthday, Techcelerate
The technology network that has brought together some of the digital technology with its investment and support community, celebrated four years of knowledge sharing onTuesday 23rd November.
Manoj Ranaweera, founder of Techcelerate said:
“When we held our first event in November 2006, I had no idea that it would turn into a thriving and trusted network for tech entrepreneurs and their companies. I was simply trying to find few tech entrepreneurs to learn from without having to travel to London often. Today our community is over 1850, made up of tech entrepreneurs, senior managers of technology companies, investors, deal makers and service providers all united to create an ecosystem for UK’s tech community. We are also trying to put the North West on the world’s tech map as a place to set up and grow global tech businesses.”
For further information about Techcelerate and its next event visit www.techcelerate.org.
Launch of Business Week
The new title from the MEN sounded like an opportunity for a new approach in the sector following the demise of Crain’s in the city. I was unable to get my hands on a print copy and so had a look online and found this digital edition. Commenters on HowDo have been typically forthright on both sides of the divide: For: “It’s a good product and congrats to the team for getting something fresh to the market.”
Against: “..can’t see many boardroom doors swinging open, unless it’s to hand over a press release for printing unchanged, in full.”
Which camp do you fall in?
Re-branding of Wythenshawe
I’m late to this post from PR Media Blog but wanted to sneak it in anyway. A fascinating sounding event which considered the Wythenshawe area as a ‘brand’: “The brand needs to shift from industrial estates to what it is today.”
That’s all for now – don’t forget if you’ve got any Manchester media news to share you can contact me via the comments below or via email to SarahMancunianWay AT GoogleMail.com.
There’s nothing new about it…….
in a weekend edition too!
(h/t Simon Rogers)
If you want to update your knowledge of Manchester’s current data challenges and opportunities, don’t forget there’s the Open Data Manchester Google group.
We’re going to be taking the technology platform we’ve built (for LocalPeople) and merging it with the ThisIs sites,” Morgan told analysts. “So local people can concentrate on finding a garage, finding a plumber in such a way that provides a long tail of local advertisers – people who aren’t advertising in the local press, we think we can get them in.
“News has its place but news alone is not going to produce that flow through to looking at ads. Investment is going to go heavily in to local information content.
Norris outlines seven quick points that were key to her success:
1. Employ a sense of fun with the request.
2. Make the task discrete and easily accomplished.
3. Explain the purpose as a larger public service.
4. Set a reasonable time frame for task completion.
5. Allow volunteers to overlap tasks as built-in fact checking.
6. Provide immediate feedback to questions/responses and encourage retweets for additional recruitment.
7. Build public interest in, and anticipation for, the story.
The top newsroom executives – say the Editor and Managing Editor(s) – are all print veterans who look at online from the outside. The fix: Either the top newsroom executive or the Number 2 has been steeped heavily in online – both the practical and the strategic – for at least five years, if not 10. That’s a tall order. But if you think an editor or managing editor has time for much of a learning curve about digital, that time is gone.
Becoming something of a salesman and being more transparent in reporting are part of a broader question the handbook will deal with: Is community-funded journalism right for you? Those considerations, along with the amount of time it takes to raise money for reporting and having regular interaction with the audience, are key to whether a reporter will be successful working in Spot.Us model, Peters said.
In other words, elected power, journalism and information are adjusting their relationship again because the rules have been changed by the arrival of new technology. Some of the most interesting debates around this are going to be very local. Power is moving.
Three ways to make money from hyperlocal
That’s a choice many who want to create hyperlocal sites face. We looked at options for partnership, including with Neighbournet, in Masterclass 12: How to build your own job. Subscribers can find that information here
Another problem for many hyperlocal sites is how to get enough content on them.
As I reported on The Guardian’s Organ Grinder blog today, the newsletter exercise to inform Salford residents about the BBC move to MediaCityUK is set to cost almost £10,000 over the year.
Is that value for money?
So far the comments have been from people who aren’t in receipt of the newsletters from BBC Outreach. I’d like to hear from anyone who has had one delivered to their door – did you find it useful? What do you hope to see in future issues?
Please feel free to contact me below or via email to sarahMancunianWay AT googlemail.com.
The editor-in-chief of The Guardian noted how often people in the media roll “their eyes at the mention of Twitter”. So he put forward 15 reasons why Twitter matters for the media.
Reform of English libel law has been promised, and if campaigners are successful, then changes that will give better defences to online publishers and writers may come into force in 2012.
This leaflet is certainly not a substitute for legal advice, but it does provide information which other bloggers and writers who have experienced libel threats say they wished they had known at the outset.