How local newspapers could reinvent themselves using information that is available for everyone to use and republish will be discussed at a digital editors meet-up next month.
The Digital Editors’ Network will host Social, Local and Mobile Innovation at Media City in Manchester on February 23, exploring ideas on how the regional media should develop in the digital age.
Speakers will include Greg Hadfield, former head of digital development at the Daily Telegraph and founder of Schoolsnet and Soccernet, Online Journalism Blog founder Paul Bradshaw and Sarah Hartley of the Guardian.
Hadfield will look at how open data could give local newspapers a chance to re-invent themselves – and why it could be their last lifeline.
Francois Nel, digital media business researcher and director of the Journalism Leaders Programme at the University of Central Lancashire, will report on his research which has highlighted how local newspapers have made grave errors with their mobile strategies, or lack of them.
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