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Northcliffe Digital statement on Local People sites restructure

June 8th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Local media, Online Journalism

Reports emerged yesterday that Northcliffe Digital is to restructure its Local People websites, with an end to the contracts of the freelance “contracters” currently on each site.

Instead “dedicated community publishers” will be tasked with managing a group of the sites.

Holdthefrontpage has more here.

Here is the full statement from Northcliffe Digital:

Northcliffe Digital has conducted a review of Local People sites. From August 2012, dedicated community publishers will be appointed to look after a portfolio of Local People sites that sit within Northcliffe Media’s overall footprint.

The current publishing structure uses one freelance contractor per site. These contracts will expire in August.

This approach means Local People will have the benefit of more experienced publishers covering a broader remit and will streamline the running of the business.

Local People sites that sit outside Northcliffe’s footprint will be made available as franchises.

The Local People websites attracted 840,000 unique visitors in May 2012. There are no other immediate plans to make changes to the sites.

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#jpod – Celebrating Local Newspaper Week: Innovations in digital at the regionals

May 25th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Podcast

This week is Local Newspaper Week so a good time to take a look at how regional publishers are innovating in digital.

In this week’s Journalism.co.uk podcast, technology correspondent Sarah Marshall speaks to:

  • Nigel Vincent, head of online editorial development at Newsquest
  • Marc Cooper, head of publishing at Northcliffe Digital
  • Ed Walker,  senior digital producer, Trinity Mirror

They talk about how journalists working for the regional titles are approaching social media, data journalism and mobile – or iPad – reporting.

You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the Journalism.co.uk iTunes podcast feed.

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#jpod – SoLoMo: a look at the Guardian and Northcliffe’s innovations in social and local

February 3rd, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Hyperlocal, Podcast

Developments in technology relating to social, local and mobile and how they can intersect have come together in a “perfect storm”, Sarah Hartley, community strategist for the Guardian Media Group explains in this week’s podcast.

Journalism.co.uk technology correspondent Sarah Marshal looks at SoLoMo and the opportunities for news.

The jpod hears from Sarah Hartley about the Guardian’s n0tice start-up; Jamie Riddell, CEO of Digital Tomorrow Today, investor in apps and  freelance technology columnist for Archant’s East Anglian Daily Times; and Lee Williams, general manager of Northcliffe Digital, who heads up the Local People sites, a group of hyperlocal sites launched in 2009.

You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the Journalism.co.uk iTunes podcast feed.

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Media Week: Associated Northcliffe Digital to handle online ad sales for Hello!

Media Week reports: “Daily Mail & General Trust (DMGT) has formed closer ties with celebrity title Hello!, having agreed that its digital unit Associated Northcliffe Digital (AND) will handle online ad sales for Hellomagazine.com.”

Full story at this link…

(Via paidContent:UK)

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