THE HEDON BLOGGER is attending #TAL13 on Saturday 28th September 2013 – this is a gathering of hyperlocal website folk from across the UK being held this year in Middlesborough.
The Talk About Local event hosted by the Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art will bring together hyperlocal publishers, bloggers, online journalists and other passionate individuals who are committed to keeping their communities up-to-date with local news, events and forums for involvement through digital means.
Talk About Local aims to empower communities by helping them create effective voices on the world wide web and this annual event allows some of these to meet up in an inspiring and creative atmosphere.
The event is an ‘un-conference’ – this is different from a traditional conference in that the agenda is set on the day itself by the people attending. This ensures that the event will discuss what the participants want to discuss, rather than set by those running the event.
“I’ve been attending these annual gatherings since the first one in 2009 and find the enthusiasm from those attending is infectious! It’s a marvellous opportunity to share information about the Hedon Blog and HU12 Online – but importantly it’s a chance to pick the brains of others involved in the provision of local news to their local communities.
“I always come away from these events with a healthy adrenaline boost that helps inspire me to continue this rewarding community activity – albeit a unrewarding activity financially!
I look forward to sharing what I learn at #TAL13 with my local communities.” – Ray Duffill
This year the organisers at #TAL13 have announced that they have widened the focus of the event to also include those hyperlocal folk with an emphasis on the arts and culture and is being supported by the Arts Council England.
You can find out more about the event at Un-conference at Announcing #TAL13 and more about Talk About Local below.