Public private partnerships

City Leap could be a useful case study of the effect of social media on local political participation. It’s a topic that on the face of it seems quite vast and full of buzzwords; so much so that it’s barely understood — but is part of a broad wave of practices through globalisation and neoliberalism …

Narrow range of options

Basu writes about how the media have managed a near total media amnesia about the 2008 financial crisis and its causes. She identifies three factors at play: a narrow range of elite perspectives, a lack of historical context and a lack of global context. We can see similar at the local level. We see it …

First of the month

Here’s something I didn’t know before a different local (self-funded) journalist told me; Each council has to produce spreadsheets of all invoices over £500. They need to publish these quarterly but I never knew of this requirement. Two things strike me about local reporting, which can be applied to most situations: there is legislation that …

Looking at access to prominence

[Citations are from Media Amnesia by Laura Basu] Concentration of the media has been accompanied by an ‘obliteration of a left and social democratic tradition in the press’ (Golding and Middleton 1982 — Images of Welfare: Press and Public Attitude to Poverty: 217). This happened in three ways: the death of individual titles the deradicalisation …

Information decay and methodology — agenda setting

My topic is “what is the effect of social media on local political participation and knowledge, compared to local and national mainstream media”. One way to explore this was to measure the different effects. I published a few stories within the following types of media: social media alone (including blogs) social media and local media …

Fake news and streetlights

Citizen journalists are often hampered by lack to official information and delays with freedom of information requests. Social media often gets blamed for fake news and councils’ comms teams are often the first to blame newspapers and social media for fake news. One example FOI request is useful at showing how communications and statements can …

Fake News and authority

Local news doesn’t have a ‘fake news’ issue so it was surprising to go to a Points West filming news anniversary and see them invite along someone from Cardiff University (they have an excellent media department) and Kerry-Anne Mendoza from the Canary to talk about the fake news issue. Fake news is usually associated with …

Following up on literature and trolling

As mentioned in one of my previous articles, the mayor has a declared policy of ‘not engaging’ with the ‘trolls’, which doesn’t seem to include not calling people trolls, as he is alleged to have done. He has allegedly called activists or people who write opinion pieces in local media, trolls in public meetings, and …

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