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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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    • 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