The promise for hyperlocal's place in UK news is there, the boundless optimism is not in doubt and there's even hints of a local business model emerging. But the delivery of quality postcode-level news across most of the country is still a long way off , and sustainable revenues and – dare we say it – profits are even further. There wasn't much at the AOP's Microlocal Forum on Wednesday to suggest that either semi-amateur, entrepreneur-led start-ups or big-league newspaper publishers will make real successes of hyperlocal in 2010. But that won't stop them from trying… —Birmingham University media academic Paul Bradshaw, also co-founder of the DIY muck-raking site Help Me Investigate , said local sites should avoid being "handicapped" by an old-media, mass-reach-chasing ad model and instead sell products and services and organise events. "Are we expecting margins online that are coloured by our print experience?
Alors que tout le monde parle de LeWeb09 , je vais revenir sur le World Editors Forum où j'étais la semaine dernière. De toutes les présentations et conférences, celle qui m'a le plus surpris et convaincu vient de l'est de l'Europe. Il ne s'agit pas encore des polonais de Gazeta Wyborca , dont les blogs new media se sont déjà faits l'écho. La surprise vient cette fois de République Tchèque, où a démarré cette année la publication de Nase Adresa ("notre adresse", en Tchèque), un projet d' hebdomadaire hyperlocal un peu fou. J'ai eu l'occasion d'interviewer Roman Gallo, le directeur de la stratégie média de PPF, le groupe qui est derrière Nase Adresa.
honoring Excellence in journalism and the arts since 1917 Letters, Drama, and Music Fiction Tinkers by Paul Harding (Bellevue Literary Press)
By WSJ Staff Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Raquel Rutledge celebrates with editor Marty Kaiser in the newsroom after hearing she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting The Pulitzer Prizes were announced today, and the Washington Post topped the journalism category by earning four awards, including criticism and feature writing. Elsewhere, the New York Times picked up two awards (three, if you count their collaboration with ProPublica). Speakeasy has assembled links to those stories and the other award-winning pieces of journalism. (For those curious about the letters, drama and music-related prizes, check out a full list at the official Pulitzers Web site , and an interview with the producers of Drama prize winner “Next to Normal.” )
Paolo Pellegrin/Magnum The smell of death was overpowering the moment a relief worker cracked open one of the hospital chapel’s wooden doors. Inside, more than a dozen bodies lay motionless on low cots and on the ground, shrouded in white sheets. Here, a wisp of gray hair peeked out. There, a knee was flung akimbo. A pallid hand reached across a blue gown.
Sheri Fink of ProPublica, in collaboration with The New York Times Magazine, for “The Deadly Choices at Memorial,” a series about the choices faced by a New Orleans hospital in the days after Hurricane Katrina. by Apr 13
A Daily News Pulitzer Prize-winning series on a police investigation into questionable claims by a drug-case informant and their ramifications. Snitch says narc lied to jail alleged drug dealers. Did he? For seven years, Ventura Martinez has worked as one of the city's most productive police informants, bringing down more than 200 drug and gun dealers.
Investigative Reporting: Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman of Philadelphia Daily News for their series “Tainted Justice.” by Apr 13
Then her turned bloody. Her kidneys shut down. knocked her unconscious. The grew so relentless that doctors had to put her in a for nine weeks. When she emerged, she could no longer walk. The affliction had ravaged her nervous system and left her paralyzed. Ms.
Explanatory Reporting: Michael Moss and members of The New York Times Staff for reporting on issues surrounding food safety, including the story “The Burger That Shattered Her Life.” by Apr 13
Public Service: Bristol (VA) Herald Courier, for Daniel Gilbert’s “Underfoot, Out of Reach: A series on the conflicts over Southwest Virginia’s natural gas wealth” by Apr 13
International Reporting: Anthony Shadid of The Washington Post, for his series on Iraq. by Apr 13
National Reporting: Matt Richtel and members of The New York Times Staff for probing the dangers of using cell phones and other devices while driving. “Drivers and Legislators Dismiss Cellphone Risks” by Apr 13
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel now is offering JS Everywhere, a new digital subscription package, which gives you unlimited access to JSOnline, the daily e-Edition, Journal Sentinel mobile site and content previously included in Packer Insider. Also coming soon, an iPad tablet app will be part of JS Everywhere. With JS Everywhere, you'll be able to read as many articles as you want, wherever you want, on any digital device you choose. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
Local Reporting: Raquel Rutledge of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, for her series “Cashing in on Kids,” which exposed poor oversight of the state’s $350 million taxpayer-subsidized child care system and resulting fraud and other criminal activity. by Apr 13
Originally published November 29, 2009 at 11:02 AM | Page modified November 30, 2009 at 1:30 AM A 37-year-old Tacoma man, Maurice Clemmons, is being sought for questioning in the execution-style shooting of four Lakewood police officers this morning, according to law-enforcement officials. Clemmons was identified as a person of interest in the slayings, but not as a suspect. Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said Clemmons had been seen in the area of the shootings at the time they occurred. Clemmons, who was recently released from jail, has an extensive criminal record in Pierce County and Arkansas, court records show. He currently faces eight criminal charges in Washington state.
Breaking News Reporting: Staff of The Seattle Times, for its coverage of the shooting deaths of four police officers in a coffee house and the 40-hour manhunt for the suspect. by Apr 13
Criticism: Sarah Kaufman of The Washington Post, for her commentary on dance. by Apr 13
The defendant was an immense man, well over 300 pounds, but in the gravity of his sorrow and shame he seemed larger still. He hunched forward in the sturdy wooden armchair that barely contained him, sobbing softly into tissue after tissue, a leg bouncing nervously under the table. In the first pew of spectators sat his wife, looking stricken, absently twisting her wedding band. The room was a sepulcher.
Feature Writing: Gene Weingarten of The Washington Post, for “Fatal Distraction: Forgetting a Child in the Backseat of a Car Is a Horrifying Mistake. Is It a Crime?” by Apr 13
Out of respect for pro-life Catholics, Obama shouldn't speak at the place that symbolizes Catholics in America. Gov. Mark Sanford is a man unmoored from reality. What a girl detective helped teach Sonia Sotomayor -- and me. Ohio's George Voinovich had it at least partly right about what ails the party.
Commentary: Kathleen Parker of The Washington Post, for her political opinion columns. by Apr 13
We have devoted this space to spotlighting some of the persistent problems that cause stress for southern Dallas residents. Progress might seem slow, as some of the addresses have been on this map month after month, with no ready fix evident. But we've pledged to be relentless, to continue to beat the drum about egregious code violations and dangerous properties until we see improvement. So, we continue to shine a bright light on these relatively small issues that become big headaches for neglected neighborhoods.
Editorial Writing: Tod Robberson, Colleen McCain Nelson and William McKenzie of The Dallas Morning News for its series on bridging the gap between North and South Dallas. by Apr 13
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Editorial Cartooning: Mark Fiore, self syndicated, appearing on SFGate.com, an archive of which is located here. by Apr 13
Des Moines Register photographer Mary Chind was awarded the Pulitzer Prize today for her dramatic photo of a construction worker rescuing a woman from the Des Moines River. Chind’s winning photo showed construction worker Jason Oglesbee dangling from a crane, reaching down to grab Patricia Ralph-Neely from the roiling water. Ralph-Neely and her husband, Alan Neely, had fallen into the water after their disabled boat went over the Center Street dam in downtown Des Moines June 30. Alan Neely drowned, and rescue workers were unable to reach his wife in the swirling current under the dam. The rolling water repeatedly sucked Ralph-Neely under, then pushed her back to the surface.
Breaking News Photography: Mary Chind of The Des Moines Register, for this photo of a rescuer in a makeshift harness. by Apr 13