A student journalist has launched a hyperlocal website for former mining communities in Durham, describing it as his ‘living CV.’
The aim of the site, which is still under development, is to provide readers with an experience unattainable through local and regional newspapers, regional television bulletins or regional radio broadcasts.
James said he felt that starting up his own hyperlocal website made sense due to the lack of journalism jobs currently available in the industry.
He told HTFP: “I could have created a newspaper or magazine or series of articles, but by setting up my own website I got round the limitations of printing costs and distribution as well has competing for article publication.
“The journalism industry is at a crossroads now – much like the book and the tablet reader – where more and more emphasis is being put on digital content, digital skills and digital platforms. By combining the hyperlocal market and the emphasis on digital I’ve created a ‘living’ CV.
He added: “Overall I think there will be a continued advance in online news content, especially with the rise of the smart phone, tablets and ‘apps’.
“There’s a bit of a generation gap to go between the current media establishment and the up and coming graduates
“Until the time comes for the existing establishment to be replaced, journalism graduates and those freelancing too should certainly invest in online news, whether that be in hyperlocal news or an interest they have, so they can sharpen their skills and polish their CV.”
James launched the site for those areas of the North East in order for them to communicate through the local press as he felt other media outlets didn’t have the resources for readers to do so.
However, he adds that it is aimed at supplementing the content of existing media outlets reporting on East Durham rather than competing with them.