Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger called it a “tiny toe in local web water” over Twitter.
Its designated blogger is John Baron (@johncbaron). Introducing the site today, Baron provides a run-down of local Leeds activity and its first guest blogger – Leeds Student editor Virginia Newman, “who’s writing her take on the planned strikes by Leeds University staff”.
Features include a ‘find your councillor’ search and ‘report local problems’ feature powered by MySociety; Flickr content; Delicious links – and Leeds-only Soul Mates adverts.
Yesterday afternoon Guardian News & Media announced its three new beat bloggers, part of the Guardian Local initiative.
The Local project is an “experimental small-scale community approach to local newsgathering,” according to launch editor Sarah Hartley.
We had a tremendous response to the advertised positions and, as the Local launch editor, I’m delighted to announce that the project has reached an important milestone, with the appointment of three journalists to take on the new roles in the three cities.
Tom Allan, Hannah Waldram and John Baron have been based at the Guardian’s offices in Kings Place this week to undergo training and will be starting work on their beats of Edinburgh, Cardiff and Leeds respectively from next week. The Local blogs will be launched during the first half of this year although no dates have been confirmed.
I’m thrilled that these talented journalists have joined this exciting new venture at such an important time, and more details will be announced in the coming months.