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Links 1 through 10 of 22 by Sarah Booker tagged local

This Storify created at the Sustaining Local Journalism conference at City University London, shows just how useful this tool is.

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The demise of Guardian Local with reference to the pledgbank to fund it.
It goes back to the question, are people willing to pay for local news?
If the pledgbank is successful would a paywall be necessary, or will others benefit from the generosity of the individuals.

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Profile of hyperlocal start up and useful advice for those starting out.

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In a recent post by Marshall Kirkpatrick for ReadWriteWeb, he reviewed the top reasons why people check in to location networks. To summarize:

- Finding people
- Chance meetups
- Badges/Points/Gifts
- Special offers and coupons
- Local tips/discovery
- People tracking
- Personal history/Diary

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Modern websites are not just a set of pages sent between computers and consumed by passive pairs of eyes. The best websites are living, breathing communities, full of ever-changing content and lively debate, witty exchanges and with a bustling calendar of real-life events. The problem, of course, with communities, is, we hate to say… people. Putting your flag in the virtual desert of your local area and inviting everyone around you to come and hang out is risky, but the effort brings great rewards.

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At first glance, a start-up social media company with a focus on bar reviews and meeting up with friends might seem like an unlikely partner for newspapers as established as The New York Times, or as widely distributed as the freesheet Metro. But at this stage, the deal seems to be less about news and more about the restaurant reviews so key to Foursquare's appeal.

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The local media are currently trying to ride through a perfect storm of change, from a decline in readers that long pre-dates the internet, to advertisers fleeing their pages in droves and a new medium that steadfastly refuses to give them the profits they enjoyed in print.

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Telling people what they need to know. Local news websites and radio are the key sources.

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