A Picture of Port Talbot

In one of our recent blogs we looked at hyperlocal news producers – the citizen journalists who document and publish local news on websites, blogs and forums. With the closure of 242 newspapers in the UK from 2007 to 2011 and 46 newspaper closures in the last couple of years, their coverage has become essential for plugging the gaps in an ever-fragmenting local news sector. In 2012, the Press Gazette published…

Kicking off the Swift way

Kicking off the Swift way

Starting a project with a new programming language always generates chills in companies, no matter what size. Team leaders (more often than coders) tend to feel reluctant to embark on a new project with tools that haven’t been out in the market for a considerable time for obvious reasons. In my very first week at Bundle, I remember discussing with Kelvin how we would bring his vision, and Anna’…

Meet the Hyperlocal News Producers

Meet the Hyperlocal News Producers

In a recent blog post, we looked at the fragmentation in the supply of local news that has led to the rise of budding publishers producing their own news content. These ‘citizen journalists’ are people who have taken advantage of the freedom of the Internet to publish news content on their local community using social media, blogs, forums and websites. By definition, citizen journalism can encompass something as simple as…

Local news - from producer to consumer

Local news - from producer to consumer

Local news is now in a transitional phase: economic forces have squeezed the revenues and resources of local news publishers, and democratic forces have increased the opportunities for other news sources to emerge. This transitional phase is heaped in fragmentation, and the fragmented nature of local news coverage has caused a problem for news readers who aren’t able to find the coverage of their community that they desire. The…

Bundle needs you!

Bundle needs you!

How would you like to own shares in an exciting new startup? By crowdfunding we’re giving you the opportunity to join in on our future success. Success Bundle can achieve by changing the way people discover and consume local news. Since 2000, regional newspaper circulation has more than halved and more closures are inevitable. This demise combined with the fact that almost 40% of the UK population use online…

Why we have a local news discovery problem

Why we have a local news discovery problem

The rapid and all consuming advance of the Internet has irrevocably changed the news; the way it is made, the way it is distributed and ultimately the way we consume it. These changes have caused the demand for print media to dwindle, which in turn has led to many papers - both national and local - closing down. Closures have been felt the most by local communities, with a lack…