23 Aug 2015

News you can use going hyperlocal

From Mediawatch, 9:10 am on 23 August 2015

Eight years ago, a dairy coolstore exploded in Tamahere near Hamilton - one of New Zealand's worst-ever industrial accidents at the time. Freelance journalist Pip Stevenson started an online news service which has covered the fallout in great detail. 'Tamahere Forum' is now the main source of news for a small New Zealand community which, like many others, is largely overlooked by our mainstream news media. Next week, it's up the Best Community Website prize at the Australia New Zealand Internet Awards along with two other local New Zealand news sites. Mediawatch talks to Pip Stevenson about 'Tamahere Forum' and the prospects for 'hyperlocal' news online in New Zealand.