Category Archives: hyperlocal publishing

Damian Radcliffe: Hey! Regulator! Leave those Hyperlocals alone!

Damian Radcliffe conducted the UK’s first review of hyperlocal media, published by NESTA in March 2012, which touched on some of the legal and regulatory issues for small local websites. He has now returned to regulation and law in more … Continue reading

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#TAL12: Crime reporting for hyperlocals

One of the impromptu sessions at the informal Talk About Local conference in Birmingham on Saturday discussed crime reporting – instigated by Ed Walker, who is founder of Blog Preston and senior digital producer with Trinity Mirror Regionals: “Thinking of … Continue reading

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Notes from #TAL12: Talk About Media Law

One of the first slots of the day at the Talk About Local 2012 (un)conference in Birmingham is on media law, led by David Banks, a specialist in the area, who runs a media consultancy. It’s being live-streamed – a … Continue reading

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Should we regulate the hyperlocal space? And what are the legal issues?

This weekend I’m very much looking forward to a day in Birmingham at the Talk About Local / N0tice 2012 “unconference”. My current research project focuses on national newspapers and media law/regulation and I’m keen to extend my view to … Continue reading

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What would the Man on the Clapham Omnibus make of digital media law?

The view of the “reasonable man” on the Clapham Omnibus has been considered since (at least) 1932, but what would he make of behaviour in the digital environment? I’ve long been interested in the comprehension of media law by normal, … Continue reading

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Monday miscellaneous

In case you were wondering where the Meeja Law mop-ups had disappeared to, I’ve been doing the weekly round ups for the Inforrm media law blog. The latest one can be found here. It reports latest developments in media law, … Continue reading

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Hyperlocal: the regulatory and legal challenges

Damian Radcliffe, nations and communities manager at Ofcom, has conducted some very useful research into hyperlocal definitions and trends, available on Slideshare: While independent news sites fall outside the Ofcom regulatory framework, he explained why local news consumption patterns matter … Continue reading

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Making council meetings more transparent: legal issues?

As reported by Roy Greenslade and Journalism.co.uk, London’s Southwark Council has agreed to allow audio  recordings of its meetings, following a request by local news site London SE1. Videoing will require prior consent of the mayor. The move raises two … Continue reading

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A new 'working group' about legal issues for online publishers

At the end of September, I wrote a piece for the Online Journalism Blog arguing it was time for small online publishers to talk about legal. In the coming months, I’d like to build up the conversation in this area … Continue reading

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Online law survey: Mixed feelings about resources; 27% respondents encountered legal trouble in last two years

New research shows divided opinion about the need for legal resources for small or independent online publishers in the UK, while 27 per cent of those surveyed have been involved in a legal dispute in the last two years.

The questionnaire, which 71 respondents completed, asked UK-based online writers, who publish independently or for sites with fewer than ten employees, to recount their interactions with UK law. The majority of the respondents write about specific topical issues or cover local (or hyperlocal) news. Continue reading

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