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May 21st, 2017 at 4:31 pm

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May 7th, 2017 at 4:31 pm

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March 12th, 2017 at 4:31 pm

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  • “If, instead of scrapping over news initiatives, the four or five leading technology companies could donate $1 billion in endowment each for a new type of engine for independent journalism, it would be more significant a contribution than a thousand scattered initiatives put together. (See Steven Waldman’s piece in The New York Times today for one possible breakdown of what this would look like.) Would anyone want to work for a tech-funded news organization of this type? To be truly independent the endowment would have to be just that, a gift that is managed and administrated by a board of trustees. Some of the most successful institutions in the US are its private, nonprofit universities, which have a similar structure of endowment and independence.”

    tags: journalism newspapers publicsphere

  • “The reason we find ourselves in this mess with ubiquitous surveillance, filter bubbles, and fake news (propaganda) is precisely due to the utter and complete destruction of the public sphere by an oligopoly of private infrastructure that poses as public space.

    tags: journalism newspapers facebook publicsphere

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February 26th, 2017 at 4:31 pm

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February 19th, 2017 at 4:31 pm

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February 5th, 2017 at 4:31 pm

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Just published: Engaging Heritage, Engaging Communities

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We’ve just received a very crisp copy of Engaging Heritage, Engaging Communities which Julian has contributed a chapter to.

His chapter is titled Museums and the Symbolic Capital of Social Media Space and joins an expert list of contributions to a volume which forms part of the Heritage Matters series. It is a series of edited and single-authored volumes which addresses the whole range of issues that confront the cultural heritage sector facing the global challenges of the 21st century.

In their introduction to the book, editors Bryony Onciul, Michelle L Stefano and Stephanie Hawke explain that the book first started its journey in 2009 and followed on from a conference held in Newcastle.

The two-day conference sparked discussions on heritage, museums and community engagement that, over the years, have influenced and shaped this volume.

The book is available from this Friday (27th Jan).

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January 21st, 2017 at 5:48 pm

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Local news and the BBC’s local democracy reporting – an update

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For the first trip out of the office this year, I went along to the latest of the BBC’s ‘hyperlocal forum’ events today. It was the latest in the series of get togethers looking at how what’s being called a Local Democracy Reporting scheme, funded by the BBC licence fee, will operate across mainland UK.

A total of 150 reporters will be released into the world to report on decision making at top-tier councils in selected areas. Their reporting will be shared out (for free) to all participating news organisations in a move that’s intended to plug the democratic deficit that’s been left by local newspaper closures and constrictions.

The plans have evolved quite considerably since the event I attended last year – there’s even been ‘editorial trials’ in some areas – and the recruitment of the reporters is imminent (first half of this year).

If I go back to the earlier mentions of this scheme, there was some optimism that this would finally unleash a revenue source for those hard-working independents who have been plugging away reporting from their local authorities, often for no financial reward. But the way the scheme has been shaped is unlikely to deliver on that.

In order to effectively manage the contracts that will be needed to run the scheme, the BBC has divided the country into patches which reflect their own local news operations. Within those, they have then ‘bundled’ the local councils which need covering and assigned a suggested number of reporters to each of the contracts to be awarded.

As an example, in my home area, the North East, there will be money for 8 reporters (£34k per contract) across a huge geography of Tyneside, Wearside, Durham and Teesside.

Digging into the ‘bundle’ that covers my area (defined by the Beeb as Teesside) there will be just 2 reporters to cover the (vastly different and distant from each other) local authorities in Durham, Darlington and North Yorkshire.

I can’t think of a single independent news service which strives to cover such a large patch, so the only potential bidder would seem to be the established local Newsquest-owned paper. New entrants are considered ineligible – only news providers already up and running will be considered.

Given that similar situations will apply to many (possibly all) places as most independent publishers generally cover a small geography in a deep way), it’s hard to see where the opportunity to bid for these contracts will occur.

There was some disappointment about that situation expressed in the room today, alongside an understanding for the BBC’s position in attempting to find a way forward in managing this scheme in a reasonable, cost-effective way.

One possibility is that, in areas where there is a hyperlocal already operating, there could be some sort of joint bid with the local newspaper to cover these large patches.

The consultation is still running with the BBC continuing to talk with people about different ways of running the scheme and it will soon be put out to the industry with invitations to bid for the contracts.

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January 9th, 2017 at 5:56 pm

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December 25th, 2016 at 4:31 pm

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  • “But we’re not telling any of these stories just because there’s space to fill in your day. We’re telling them because we think there’s a whole other narrative happening in the world that’s unseen, underreported, or dismissed altogether. We also are just really psyched to build new, weird things on the internet.”

    tags: outline journalism storytelling

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December 11th, 2016 at 4:31 pm

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