Local website Pits n Pots relaunches in Stoke

Mike Rawlins

The Journalism Foundation relaunched the local website Pits n Pots last month. At a party in Stoke-on-Trent Simon Kelner said The Journalism Foundation was proud to support the political website Read more »

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How to use WordPress – A practical guide from David Lockie

David Lockie, the founder of Pragmatic Web Limited provides a practical guide, which takes you step by step through how to get up and running with a WordPress-powered website Read more »

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Pits n Pots print

Print edition of local website Pits n Pots boosts citizen journalism

This month The Journalism Foundation distributed 50,000 copies of a special print edition of local news website Pits n Pots to houses in Stoke-on-Trent – roughly a copy for every other house in the city Read more »

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Paul Bradshaw (Photo: Christian Payne)

Seven books that journalists working online should read

Paul Bradshaw, a media consultant and academic, recommends seven books essential for those wanting to gain an understanding of the wider dynamics affecting the media Read more »

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The new Pits n Pots website (logo by Nick Donaldson)

Website toolkit: Think Local, Act Local – Pits n Pots

Mike Rawlins, editor of Stoke-on-Trent political website Pits n Pots in 2008, gives advice on how to set up a local website in your own town Read more »

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Charlie Burgess

What makes a local story? Or what makes a story local?

There is a big difference between local news and national news. Charlie Burgess, Managing Editor of The Journalism Foundation, gives advice on knowing how to recognise and write a good local story Read more »

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The Guardian Newspaper's Interactive Editor Jonathan Richards

Website toolkit: How to find and write a good story

Before you start writing a story you need to ask yourself: is this new, is it relevant, and is it interesting? Jonathan Richards gives some practical tips on how to find and write good features Read more »

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The new Pits n Pots logo designed by Nick Donaldson

The Journalism Foundation’s first British project launches in Stoke

A new era for local journalism was ushered in as the acclaimed political website Pits n Pots launched its new look in Stoke-on-Trent, supported by The Journalism Foundation Read more »

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How to build a local website

At The Journalism Foundation we believe that democracy is served by free and independent journalism, and with this in mind we are supporting Pits n Pots, a website in Stoke-in-Trent which tackles political matters in the region, and we are pleased to present this, our free online toolkit for anyone who wants to start up their own local news network. This guide is full of practical advice from experienced journalists and academics, and is the perfect guide for those who feel inspired to make a difference to their local community via a digital platform. Go on. It’s all here for you to help yourself and serve the wider community Read more »

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John Popham describes himself as a Social Media Surgeon "facilitating community development, economic development, business development, and personal development, largely through the power of social media and new technologies"

The hyperlocal Jeremy Paxmans are out there – we just need to find them

The hyperlocal Jeremy Paxmans and David Dimblebys are out there. They just need encouragement and a small amount of resource to make local politics sexy
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