Hyperlocal Summit

The Judith Neilson Institute is holding a summit to explore experiences in Hyperlocal Media and what support is needed to address the challenges being faced in Australia.

The Summit will be held online over two days, in the morning of Tuesday, April 20 and the evening of Wednesday, April 21. A more detailed agenda is included below.

The Summit is intended for those working in the hyperlocal media space. We want to hear from you about your experiences and the challenges and solutions you have encountered.

We will be joined by speakers Chris Krewson, Rachel Howells and Emma Meese who will share their experiences in hyperlocal media in the US and UK.

We hope you can join us and look forward to hearing about your experiences at the event.

Day One: Tuesday 20th April, 9.00am – 11.30am (AEST)


Time Item
9.00 – 9.20am Welcome and summit overview
9.20-10.20am Chris Krewson: Experiences in Hyperlocal Media in the US — Challenges and solutions (includes Q&A)
10.20-11.20am Exploring challenges and how an association might support new and existing hyperlocals in small groups
(Topics: Revenue streams / Digital platforms / Reach / Operations and staffing / Starting a hyperlocal / 1 or 2 others)
11.20 – 11.30am Closing session

Day Two: Wednesday 21st April, 4.30 – 7.10pm (AEST)

Time Item
4.30 – 4.40pm Welcome
4.40 – 5.40pm Emma Meese and Rachel Howells: Experiences in Hyperlocal Media in the UK — Challenges and solutions (includes Q&A)
5.40 – 7.00pm Exploring interest in a hyperlocal association and how it could work
7.00 – 7.10pm Closing session

International guest speakers

Chris Krewson is Executive Director of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, which provides teaching, resources, and a community to independent news entrepreneurs as they build and develop sustainable businesses. He is a former VP of strategy for Spirited Media, former top editor at Philadelphia’s Billy Penn, and the former top digital editor for Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvania.


Emma Meese is the director of Community Journalism at Cardiff University. She manages the Centre for Community Journalism and is a director of the Independent Community News Network. Emma is a journalist passionate about the local, community and hyperlocal news sector and spent 14 years working at the BBC.

Rachel Howells is NUJ Cymru training Wales Project Manager. She is an experienced journalist, having spent 20 years working in magazines, newspapers and the hyperlocal sector, at a variety of levels from staff writer to editor. Rachel graduated from a PhD in journalism studies from Cardiff University in 2016. Her thesis focused on the democratic deficit in towns that lose their local newspaper (Port Talbot was her case study). Alongside her studies, she was a founder director and editor of the Port Talbot Magnet news service.

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    20 - 21 April 2021

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