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  • Pits n Pots was started on Blogger in September 2008 by Tony Walley, who famously said, All you need is a bottle of red wine and some time... That will teach his wife to go out and leave him home alone. The local paper had a policy of censorship over moderation Tony started off by C&P content from the paper and allowing people to discuss in a more open environment He then started writing comment articles based on the discussions
  • We moved to self hosted WP install quite quickly to allow for greater functionality. BNP membership lists being published on the site were the catalyst for this.
  • We started building a drupal install in June 09 and launched the new site 1 year after the original self hosted PnP site went live.. Drupal gives us far more options and features. I don’t see that we would need to move from this platform
  • There is a huge interest in local politics. 12 years ago 60 Labour councillors, then the chamber got very fragmented and far right councillors started to get elected. We have been attacked by pretty much all the local media in Stoke-on-Trent in one way or another. We must be doing something right :)
  • I say the local media are not interested. This is the Sentinel coverage of Tristram Hunts maiden speech in the house. 10 lines
  • We on the other hand, provided the full text of the speech. Not much work but people are interested in this stuff.
  • Some of the stuff we are proud of.
  • Staffordshire Police are getting more trusting of us, we were allowed to go out on a drugs raid with them recently.
  • We make a lot of use of audio recordings for our interviews. Rather than using the recordings as an Aide-mémoire we took the decision to publish them in an audio player on the site. This gives us a more credible voice as our visitors are hearing what the interviewee wants them to hear, rather than a sanitised and spun version. The feed back we get from our visitors is that they like the audio recordings.
  • PnP presentation 11062010

    1. 1. Mike Rawlins <ul><li>Pits n Pots </li></ul>
    2. 2. Stoke-on-Trent
    3. 3. Longton
    4. 4. It’s not all B&W and grim
    5. 6. Democracy <ul><li>Broken </li></ul><ul><li>We had an elected Mayor but did it so badly we had to get rid of the role </li></ul><ul><li>Was historically 60 / 60 Labour councillors until the late 90s </li></ul><ul><li>10 political parties currently in the chamber </li></ul>
    6. 7. Democracy Continued <ul><li>Right Wing Stronghold </li></ul><ul><li>‘The jewel in the BNP crown’ (Nick Griffin 2010 General Election Campaign) </li></ul><ul><li>A government appointed Transition Board appointed to advise the City Council on changes to its governance </li></ul>
    7. 8. Democracy Continued...... <ul><li>LGBC currently consulting to reduce number of councillors from 60 to around 40 </li></ul><ul><li>Consultation closes today, 11 June, the City Council only managed to have a meeting about their proposals yesterday. </li></ul>
    8. 9. Democracy Continued.... <ul><li>I think you get the picture </li></ul>
    9. 10. Pits
    10. 11. Pots The man on the left is making bases and was known as a saggar maker's bottom knocker.
    11. 12. Where Did It All Begin September 2008 ‘ All you need is a bottle of red wine and some time’ Tony Walley Oct 08
    12. 13. December 2008 <ul><li>Moved the site on to WordPress and gave it a cleaner look </li></ul><ul><li>400 Uniques a day </li></ul><ul><li>1300 Page views a day </li></ul>
    13. 14. December 2009 <ul><li>Changed platform </li></ul><ul><li>1,900 uniques a day </li></ul><ul><li>6,500 page views </li></ul>
    14. 15. June 2010 <ul><li>30,000 live comments </li></ul><ul><li>2,700 articles </li></ul><ul><li>2,500 uniques a day </li></ul><ul><li>10,000 page views a day </li></ul>
    15. 16. 23,147 comments deleted before they hit the site
    16. 17. Why Do We Do PnP <ul><li>Interest in local politics </li></ul><ul><li>Freedom of discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Want to see the City improve </li></ul><ul><li>Local media were / are not interested in local politics </li></ul>
    17. 18. Local Paper Coverage Of New MPs Maiden Speech
    18. 19. Pits n Pots Coverage Of New MPs Maiden Speech
    19. 20. Why I Got Involved <ul><li>Stoke-on-Trent is going through massive changes and people need to know about what is going on </li></ul><ul><li>I believe there is a value to what we do </li></ul><ul><li>Tony didn’t have the skills </li></ul><ul><li>I was bored one night </li></ul>
    20. 21. Have we done anything of any note
    21. 22. <ul><li>Remember the story of the BNP using a Polish Spitfire on one of their posters? </li></ul>
    22. 23. Telegraph 4 March 09 <ul><li>RAF History Experts identified that the Spitfire in the picture was Polish. Not Pits n Pots apparently.... </li></ul>
    23. 24. Daily Mail 4 March 09 <ul><li>Again it appears that it wasn’t Pits n Pots who identified the plane, but RAF history experts. </li></ul>
    24. 25. Pits n Pots 23 February We broke the story of the Polish spitfire on 23 February. Almost every national newspaper took our story and published it. No credits No bylines No Pay
    25. 26. The EDL Come To Town <ul><li>Cover it Live feed watched by over 500 people at one point during the day. </li></ul><ul><li>Our YouTube channel was the second most viewed News Channel globally for 3 days after the EDL rally. Only ITN in front of us. </li></ul>
    26. 29. Staffordshire Police Operation Nemesis Operation Nemesis
    27. 30. Interviews <ul><li>Nick Griffin MEP </li></ul><ul><li>Mo Chaudry (Local Businessman & Secret Millionaire) </li></ul><ul><li>Ed Milliband MP </li></ul><ul><li>Baroness Warsi </li></ul><ul><li>Simon Darby </li></ul><ul><li>John van de Larschot (SoTCC Chief Exec) </li></ul><ul><li>Rob Flello MP </li></ul><ul><li>Tristram Hunt MP </li></ul><ul><li>Joan Walley MP </li></ul><ul><li>Mark Fisher MP </li></ul><ul><li>Most of the elected members of the City Council </li></ul><ul><li>Rather than using the recordings as an Aide-mémoire we took the decision to publish them in an audio player on the site. </li></ul>
    28. 31. Our Ethos <ul><li>We don’t edit audio interviews </li></ul><ul><li>We don’t edit video interviews </li></ul><ul><li>We don’t spin stories </li></ul><ul><li>Every political party that wants to speak to us gets exactly the same deal </li></ul>
    29. 32. Who Visits Pits n Pots <ul><li>157 local councils from across the country </li></ul><ul><li>Stoke-on-Trent City Council 2857 visits </li></ul><ul><li>BBC </li></ul>
    30. 33. YouTube <ul><li>Our YouTube channel has had over 100,000 views in the 6 Months since we uploaded our first video. </li></ul>
    31. 34. The Future <ul><li>We are still in Beta </li></ul><ul><li>We don’t know where we are going to end up </li></ul><ul><li>It will be fun finding out </li></ul>
    32. 35. Stoke-on-Trent isn’t all bad.