I've recently been giving some thought to how I might categorise the types of story I have added to this blog, I have come up with the following list:
- A report on action
- Extended thought pieces
- Call to action
- Conversation/forum items
- Internet/web technology developments
My FormbyFirst blog is an example of a growing trend on the internet, namely the development of blogs specifically about highly localised areas. Kevin Harris writes about neighbourhoods for example, while the Kings Cross blog is an even better example.
Here's another example, this time it's based in an area of Seattle and is always subject to a lot of changes from around 6.00pm most evenings.
Further to the link in the last paragraph, I've stumbled quite by chance on this related web site, which is called 'Sustainable Ballard' it looks like a very relevant example of the type of document we are working on for Formby.
Another term I came across today (22nd December 2008) is 'microlocal' and I must say it may even get closer to explaining in a 'nutshell' what I mean by highly localised web site journalism. Have a look at the following site for more information.
I found this example of the growing phenomena of 'Grassroots Journalism or Citizen Journalism'