TAL 10

This weekend sees me heading to Leeds for the TAL 10 Hyperlocal news unconference. Having been heavily involved in the winning bid for the Welsh IFNC Pilot, it will be great to hear from other hyperlocal thought leaders. It will also be my first opportunity to meet up with William Perrin, who was part of the panel throughout the IFNC process but whom I never had the pleasure of meeting. Will be good to finally put a face to the name.

Looks like (Northern) Irish attendees are fairly thin on the ground with just myself and Pauline Sargent making the journey over the water. Not sure how much this says for the hyperlocal scene here but it will be intertesting to get Pauline’s insight on this.

All looks to be coming together and the topic list is shaping up well. Just a quick note to say thanks to Nicky Getgood who together with the rest of the Talk About Local team has put together what looks like a fantastic event this Saturday. Also looking forward to getting a beer with Josh Halliday having missed out this during his 2 previous visits to Belfast.

See you there if you are going on Saturday!

Hyperlocal and the Social Universe

Had a very long and enjoyable meeting on hyperlocal news and social media today. We were joined by Josh Halliday from the rather impressive SR2Blog in Sunderland.

There is a huge amount written and spoken about hyperlocal news and how it should or shouldn’t be done but if you get a moment, you really should check out the SR2Blog site. Josh has built it from the ground up as a “labour of love” whilst studying for his journalism degree.

Young, talented, articulate and not afraid of a room full of suits, Josh is clearly going to end up having a major influence on the future of news consumption.

You can view his presentation from this afternoon below: