Nieman Foundation at Harvard
HOME
          
LATEST STORY
“The way we raise the money at The Guardian is different than any place I’ve ever been”
ABOUT                    SUBSCRIBE
April 2, 2012, 10:09 a.m.

The Journalism Foundation in the U.K. has published a guide to starting up a local news website, which includes chapters on basics both technical (“How to Use WordPress,” “How to Use Social Media”) and journalistic (“What Makes a Local Story? Or What Makes a Story Local?”). Contributors include high-end types at many of the top British news outlets. Here’s foundation CEO (and ex-Independent editor-in-chief) Simon Kelner:

Journalism is no longer the preserve of trained professionals working in the traditional media. The open access of the Internet, the rise of the blogosphere and the advent of social media has seen an exponential rise in citizen-based journalism. We have seen around the world the powerful role these networks play in the effective dissemination of information and opinion. This is journalism every bit as worthwhile as more established forms, and in Britain, where the decline of local newspapers has left a gap in the reporting of local affairs and regional politics, there is a clear need for initiatives to make up this deficit. Here at The Journalism Foundation, we would like to see a thousand flowers bloom.

Show tags
 
Join the 60,000 who get the freshest future-of-journalism news in our daily email.
“The way we raise the money at The Guardian is different than any place I’ve ever been”
“This is truly a jointly owned responsibility among the business side and editorial.”
What’s with the rise of “fact-based journalism”?
“To describe one form of journalism as ‘fact-based’ is to tacitly acknowledge that there is also such a thing as ‘non-fact-based journalism.’ And there isn’t.”
Britney Spears and the generational shift in celebrity coverage
“There was just this nastiness that emerged in the way celebrities were covered in the 2000s.”