Birmingham – a Digital City? (#DigiCity)

Birmingham’s Digital Media Businesses Cluster hosted a Digital City News Day at the BBC yesterday. I was very happy to have been invited, especially as it turned out to be a very interesting, informative and useful event.

As a prelude to the event, Dave Harte yesterday published research showing that Birmingham has more hyperlocal news websites than any other council area. Read more about Dave’s research here.

At the event, we were introduced to a BBC website pilot, Local Live. This is a news ‘ticker’ updated live from 8am – 6pm daily, right on the BBC Birmingham and Black Country pages. The aim of Local Live is to bring the newsroom closer, by including tweets and other social media interactions with the BBC from people like you and me on their website pages. Even Digbeth is Good was featured at the weekend! See the BBC website for the ticker (on the right side of the page) or click here to leave any feedback.

As part of the day I was interviewed about hyperlocal blogging, and as such featured in the Midlands Today programme later in the evening! Click below to see the full report, courtesy of David Gregory-Kumar:

With new research suggesting that people’s memory for Facebook posts is much stronger than their memory for human faces or sentences from books, it seems there is an opportunity for relevant social media to become the prevalent source of news. Digbeth is full of technology pioneers, which can only be a good thing for our patch going forwards.

To learn more about the Digital City News Day, see a great storify of the event below courtesy of Twitter interactions.

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One Response to Birmingham – a Digital City? (#DigiCity)

  1. John Popham says:

    I don’t wish to be churlish, and I’m a great admirer of Dave Harte’s work, but I’ll just point out that Birmingham is the largest local authority area in the country, so it having the most hyperlocal blogs is not necessarily surprising

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