Month: June 2015

Guest post: hyperlocal Groundhog Day – why policy makers need to support UK hyperlocal media (and how)

Some good ideas for how the BBC can contribute to the important work hyperlocals do. But the “Big Four” newspaper groups could put their money where their mouths are and forge partnership to create a media eco-system which blends regional and local news.

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Weather prognosticating groundhog Punxsutawney Phil makes his annual prediction on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney Pennsylvania Groundhog image by Alessandro M

In a guest post for OJB, Damian Radcliffe argues that the need for policy makers to support hyperlocal publishers is stronger than ever – and explains just how that support can happen.

When I first started reporting on hyperlocal media in 2009 it was against a daily backdrop predicting the death of newspapers and clarion calls for public intervention to save this vital resource.

Since then, this hysteria has died down, although it’s clear that many of the structural challenges being faced by the local media sector have not gone away.

In January Press Gazette reported that there had been a net reduction of 181 UK local newspapers since 2005, including a further 11 lost this year, whilst a leaked memo from Trinity Mirror shed light on the commercial pressures many newspapers groups face and how this is influencing reporting on the ground.

Despite this, the UK’s…

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Stand up for NUJ activist Phil Turner – it’s payback time!

Anyone who has been victimised at work will have had the backing of Phil Turner – he’s that kind of guy.

Like many trades unionists I was victimised at work and singled out for redundancy  when I was FOC at the Bolton Evening News. It was part of Newsquest’s attempt to stop the fight for trade union recognition.

One of the first people to offer support and solidarity to me and my chapel was Phil Turner. He has been a rock not only at his own chapel at the Rotherham Advertiser, leading successful battles on pay and conditions,  but in every struggle for workers’ rights and justice.

Now Phil and his chapel need our help and it is vital that we repay the support he has provided. Phil has been singled out for redundancy in what is clearly an attack on the National Union of Journalists.

His chapel members are not going to take this and will strike on June 11th. Back the strike and send your messages of support to the NUJ chapel .

You can also help by sending messages to the Rotherham’s Advertiser’s chief executive Nick Alexander and copy in the editor Andrew Mosley and HR officer Debbie Commander.   

And support the demonstration for Phil’s reinstatement on Saturday June 6 in All Saints Square, Rotherham. This will be one of many battles we will have to fight. It is important we win and show our solidarity with an outstanding trade unionist.