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“Mass customisation” of neighbourhood data can help hyperlocal news become more sustainable

By Jacob Granger “The core problem in local and hyperlocal news is that there is no sustainable business model,” says Gabriel Kahn, journalism professor at USC Annenberg School for Journalism, and the editor of Crosstown, a US non-profit community data project based in Los Angeles. Kahn was speaking at an event held by the Google News Initiative […]

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How the pandemic made newsrooms more creative

One of the biggest challenges for newsrooms during the coronavirus pandemic is continuing to lead change and innovation, while staff are burning out and the industry faces economic pressures.

Newsroom leaders and industry experts discussed how the crisis brought new opportunities to experiment and innovate.

Regional publisher Reach Plc had to juggle new working practices and furloughed staff with the launch of new websites. Meanwhile the BBC pressed ahead with smart speaker technology during the pandemic.

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1 week to go until Newsrewired | Three new speakers joining the conference

Speakers from Reach, Nice-Matin and NewsBlocks will join us at Newsrewired

Is it worthwhile converting your written content into audio and making it available on Amazon Alexa or Google Chrome? What if stories focused on solutions rather than problems could attract a larger audience? And why is it important to get out of the London bubble and focus on your regional readers?

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From devices to communities: How tech could transform local news

Would you read more local news if you could print your own newspaper at home? Or design your own radio bulletin? What if a story suddenly appeared on your smartphone as you walked past the place where it occurred?

They might sound like distant future concepts but all of these technologies are already being tested by UK news outlets as part of what Stuart Goulden, founder of location-based storytelling startup OtherWorld, called a “living media.” 

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