There was a time when local news was published and printed in local newspapers, and delivered through resident’s doors every week. Although this is still the case in some towns and villages around the UK, local newspapers are dying out.
Hyperlocal news teams are made up of a range of community news journalists, who produce news stories and publicise them online. Although this may sound amateur, most of the people who become community news journalists do have experience in producing news, with over 3 years of performing in their role.
We also promote events, clubs, groups, activities as well as discussing local news stories. This keeps everyone up to date with what’s happening, and helps local businesses and event organisers promote themselves. In terms of local news, the variety of journalists to any one online publication can offer a variety of voices and opinions, so local communities are extremely well-served.
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Hyperlocal news is an essential part of community life, both online and offline. The amount of people investing their spare time, money and effort into producing news items makes it essential that website owners have their own meetings and regular discussions together, to make Hyperlocal news efficient for everyone.
An open, honest, communication system between all stakeholders can become the lifeblood of any organisation. Together, through the alliance, the website owners can help to make the United Kingdom a better place for everyone.
One of our newest members, Sonia Marsh, says: “The Hyperlocal Alliance recognise how important it is for members of the community to keep up to date with the immediate world around them and to debate some of the most urgent issues facing our society”.