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Talk to gathering in Staffford about hyperlocal websites on 27 July 2010

Talk to gathering in Staffford about hyperlocal websites on 27 July 2010



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Stafford Direct Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Connecting Stafford
    27 July 2010
    William Perrin
    Talk About Local (West Midlands) Ltd
    William Perrin TAL
  • 2.
  • 3. Abandoned cars and weekly arson
    Bingfield Park, Rufford Street 2002
    Gas cylinders often in cars for extra ooomph
    Pics – Mark Bailey
  • 4. Stolen moped Grand Prixs c2002
    Bingfield Park
    Kings Cross
    Most Saturdays when Arsenal at home
    End with traditional moped bonfire
    Pics – Mark Bailey
  • 5. The ‘Crackavan’
    Rufford Street c2002
    Pics – Mark Bailey
  • 6. Got stuck in to these local exercises over several years........
    Kings Cross Development Forum
    Caledonian Ward Safer Neighbourhood Panel
    West Area Planning Committee
    Sparkplug Management Committee
    Gifford, Rufford and Randells Residents Association
    North King Cross Environmental Taskforce
    ‘Strategic plans’ - many
    West Area Committee
    CYP Management committee
    ....but found huge information burden mostly from council and local public services
    We used the web to streamline all this
    Team Cally
    Planning Applications (dozens)
  • 7.
    over 950 articles
    Four volunteer writers – aged 40-65
    Small number of authors
    Campaigns, information, wildlife, events etc
    Important part of wider regeneration – crime down, streets cleaner, public services more responsive
  • 8.
  • 9. £1 million for community under S106
    Web-led campaign drove people into traditional comms channels required for statutory processes
    Out-manoeuvred Network Rail
  • 10. Translate council planning documents into locally relevant language
    It’s an information game
  • 11. Alcohol and entertainment licensing
    Another information game we tend to win using the web locally
    Strong engagement from Cllr
  • 12. Simple community action on broken things
    ‘Broken window’ works for us, enhances service levels
  • 13. Residents involved in website also on Safer Neighbourhoods Panel
    Action at own initiative to drive people to meetings through info on website
  • 14.
  • 15.
    discussion forum
    4.3 million posts
    100,000 registered users
    Population Sheffield 450,000
  • 16. Stoke-on-Trent
    Campaigning, challenging style
    Reflects local frustration at political scene
    3 writers, 30,000 comments on local politics
    £25 a month
  • 17.
    Digbeth gritty industrial area of South B’ham
    Arts, events, positive stories
    Digbeth is Good redefined image of Digbeth on line
    Costs - £10/month
    Wordpress blog
  • 18. Team of 5 people
    400 pv a day
    Thousands of articles
    Village population 500
  • 19.
    3,000 members
    Harringay Town and Green Lanes
    Chatty informal feel
    Wide range of local issues
    £15 month
  • 20.
    UK online centre – Marches Access Point
    Rural town life and news
    Wordpress site
  • 21.
    Deprived area of West London
    Started August 2009 – with TAL and local NDC
    Local discussion and information
    Nearly 450 members
  • 22. First catch your local site...
  • 23. Society Guardian
    June 2010
  • 24. BBC 25 February 2010
    Talk about local site making the news
  • 25. ‘Local websites of all shapes and sizes are providing community news and information to hundreds of thousands of people.....grass roots media can provide an accurate, reliable, popular sources of news and information without regulation or subsidy. Their news values and thresholds are new, reflecting grass roots interests and priorities.’
    Digital Britain report
  • 26. Traditional media leaders are coming around to the vision of local sites improving neighbourhoods and holding politicians to account:
    Alan Rusbridger, Cudlipp Lecture:
    ‘Depending on your point of view, you may find that vision of new ways of connecting and informing communities inspiring or terrifying. I think it is both – but it is a useful starting point to thinking about the value of journalism, in every sense of the word 'value'. And it is good to be forced to think at an even more basic level – about what journalism is and who can do it.’
  • 27. 72,000 posts
    4,700 topics
    880 registered users
    Excellent town forum
  • 28.
  • 29. We’d love to help you create a website for your community
    Just drop us a line
    Talk About Local (West Midlands) Ltd