Newry Times – a new hyperlocal online paper run by three unemployed graduates – the future of journalism?

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The Newry Times, a community-based local online newspaper was launched last week by three unemployed graduates, funded through their job seekers allowance. We’re hoping our story proves to other graduates throughout Ireland that there is things out there you can do while you’re unemployed, things that are really rewarding and exciting. With a newspaper look to the website, which is mobile friendly, the team have made a strong start this week with over 10,000 pageviews and a range of stories …

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Why intelligent criticism is good for government (and politicians)

I was uncharacteristically lost for words when I discovered, through Mark Devenport’s latest post, that a senior and highly capable Sinn Fein MLA was using material gleaned from a UK based right wing ginger group (funded so far as we can tell, by non taxpaying British expats) with a known record of rolling together own brand ‘dodgy dossiers’ (see Pete’s post for the detailed links). Adds: Just had one reader contact us to point out that this could be interpreted …

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Hyperlocal (Newcastle) doesn’t rock, it blows

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Some of the Slugger team are fans of ‘hyperlocal blogging’, you can listen to Alan in Belfast talk up its potential here, or see what Keith Belfast got up to at BarCamp. One hyperlocal blog that seems to be working is Newcastle Rocks. I appreciate Newcastle Rocks giving me a hyperlocal reason to stay well clear of the place. Yes, Newcastle seems to be the first place in the north to have a confirmed sighting of the vuvuzela. Many thanks …

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Slugger ‘talking local’ in Derry next week…

I’m going to be in Derry for a few days next week. I’m keen to organise an informal get together for people already involved in social media or keen to get more involved in it. In particular I want to look at how the bid for the City of Culture might be made more open and facilitate greater input from ordinary citizens.  But we are also planning to set up a freestanding and independent hyperlocal social media hub to help, …

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