For its new Guardian Local online news project set to launch in 2010, the company is advertising for bloggers in each of Leeds, Cardiff and Edinburgh ‘to create and curate local text and multimedia content’. The job advert states:
“You will lead the Guardian’s innovative approach to community news coverage by reporting on local meetings and events with an emphasis on political decision making, identifying grassroots issues of importance to residents and signposting information and news provided via other sources.”
“Guardian Local is a small-scale experimental approach to local newsgathering. We are focusing on three politically engaged cities and we expect to launch in early 2010,” said Emily Bell, the director of digital development at Guardian News & Media, the Guardian’s PDA blog reported.
Sarah Hartley, previously head of online editorial at the Manchester Evening News, will lead the project as the Guardian Local launch editor.