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Speakers announced for microlocal media forum

Rich in UGC, low-cost to run and supremely relevant to users' lives, microlocal is viewed by many as a significant opportunity for publishers in current times.

An increasing number of today's major media groups are giving more emphasis to their local, hyper and micro-local offerings: Associated Northcliffe, Guardian Media Group, Johnston Press, Newsquest, Trinity Mirror and others.

But the prospects for microlocal are by no means certain. Publishers look likely to be in competition for ownership of the space with low or no-cost, community-created initiatives - so how best should they invest in their efforts and leverage their advantages?

Speakers at the event

  • Paul Bradshaw, Senior Lecturer in Online Journalism, Birmingham University
  • Roger Green, Managing Director of Digital Media, Newsquest
  • Sarah Hartley, Launch Editor, Guardian Local

Plus a panel debate from

  • Paul Bradshaw, Senior Lecturer in Online Journalism, Birmingham University
  • Lori Cunningham, Digital Strategy Director, Johnston Press
  • Roger Green, Managing Director of Digital Media, Newsquest
  • Sarah Hartley, Launch Editor, Guardian Local
  • David Higgerson, Head of Multimedia at Trinity Mirror
  • James Thornett, Executive Product Manager, Local and Location Services BBC Local
This forum brings together experts on local and digital publishers to explore what microlocal has to offer UK publishers - what the real opportunities are and how, if at all, microlocal can be made to pay.

Find out more about the event and book your place online.

More about the speakers

Paul Bradshaw
Paul Bradshaw, Senior Lecturer in Online Journalism, Bimingham University / Publisher, Online Journalism Blog

Paul is the publisher of the Online Journalism Blog and Award Leader for the new MA in Online Journalism at Birmingham City University's School of Media. He has contributed to a number of books about journalism and the internet and is currently writing a book on the subject for Pearson.

Paul's 'Model for a 21st Century Newsroom' forms part of many news organisations' multiplatform strategies and has been translated into Russian and Spanish. He has spoken at a range of international events and also organises the JEEcamp conference for journalism entrepreneurs. This year Paul founded Help Me Investigate - a website to allow journalists and members of the public to work together to 'crowdsource' investigative journalism.

Lori Cunningham
Lori Cunningham, Digital Strategy Director, Johnston Press

Lori Cunningham is the Digital Strategy Director at Johnston Press. Her remit includes building the vision and roadmap for the full digital portfolio, and forging partnerships where necessary. Prior to joining Johnston Press, Lori worked with fashion etailer NET-A-PORTER to develop new revenue streams.

Previously, Lori spent eight years with AOL UK as its Vice President of Strategy and worked for three years as a Senior Associate in Booz Allen's Communications, Media and Technology practices in New York and London. Lori holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Georgetown University.

Roger Green
Roger Green, Managing Director, Digital Media, Newsquest Media Group

Roger Green is an experienced publisher, writer, magazine editor, online publisher, corporate intrapreneur and digital media strategist. During his career he launched the first-ever PC and Internet magazines in Europe, as well as some of the UK's first successful electronic commerce businesses.

A Glasgow University graduate, Green began his media career as a reporter for a weekly computer magazine. He rapidly progressed through a series of editorial and management positions notably at the former Emap plc magazine, radio, and events group. He took up his present position, as managing director digital media for Newsquest Media Group in September 2004.

Sarah Hartley
Sarah Hartley, Launch Editor, Guardian Local

Sarah Hartley has been an online journalist since 2000 after starting her career in regional newspapers.

She blogs about the evolution of journalism, social media and online communities at http://sarahhartley.wordpress.com as well as the Media Guardian’s PDA blog.

Journalism training and development is an area of particular interest for Sarah who has run courses in all aspects of online content production, blogging and multimedia for organisations in the UK and oversees ranging from NATO to NCTJ journalism colleges.

Before joining the Guardian she was the head of online editorial for MEN Media in Manchester, publishers of the award-winning www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk.

James Thornett
James Thornett, Executive Product Manager, Local and Location Services, BBC

James Thornett is responsible for overseeing the product development of BBC Local, the BBC's online news and information service across the UK, and location services across BBC Online including mapping and location based technology.

He has been working in regional and local broadcasting since 1998, initially as a strategy analyst covering the audience reporting and strategic positioning of regional television and local radio services across England.

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