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How Lokalportal connects communities

Lokalportal.de is a hybrid of a local social network and a local newspaper – an editorially supported local platform where everyone can participate: neighbors, civic clubs, businesses, municipalities – and journalists. They create a digital ecosystem in which local communities organize themselves, interact and create value.

With Neue Westfälische, a german regional publisher, Lokalportal.de has 30.000 registered users who meet in neighborhood or topic groups, where they find like-minded people for their interests, for example to organize a neighborhood volunteer support service.

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The next newspaper launched Lokalportal

Today the next newspaper launched Lokalportal.de. Welcome to the family and have a good start with your local platform, Die Harke!

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Notes from New York: Let’s talk about news innovation and leadership

I just finished the first week of the Executive Program in News Innovation and Leadership at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. Here’s a short summary with my impressions.

Sitting at the airport waiting for my flight to board makes me think about this first week of my news innovation and leadership program. Guys, there is hope! Hope for journalism to find sustainable digital business models. Continue reading “Notes from New York: Let’s talk about news innovation and leadership”

Launch in Bielefeld with visitors from Bonnier

We just launched Lokalportal in our biggest city and newsroom in Bielefeld. For that, we had visitors from Sweden.

What a day! We just launched Lokalportal in our biggest city and newsroom in Bielefeld – a big step for Neue Westfälisches digital strategy.

In addition we had visitors from Sweden: Bonnier Media Groups Thomas Mattsson (Editor-in-Chief Expressen) & Lotta Edling (Editorial Director at Bonnier News) wanted to know more about our local platform strategy and our experiences with Lokalportal.

Thanks for the visit, we were glad to have you!

We just pitched at Digital Media Europe

We got invited to speak at Digital Media Europe. In Vienna we had a great discussion about local news, it’s business models behind and presented Lokalportal.

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Interview with Nieman Journalism Lab

With Sebastian, I talked Nieman Journalism Lab reporter Christine Schmidt. We explained Lokalportal to her and talked about our vision for a hyperlocal news platform.

With Sebastian, I talked Nieman Journalism Lab reporter Christine Schmidt. We explained Lokalportal to her and talked about our vision for a hyperlocal news platform. We described what we have achieved so far and how a startup and a legacy news organization succesfully work together. You can read the article here.

Der digitale Ort als Chance für den Lokaljournalismus

Wir sind mit Lokalportal mit dem Vor Ort NRW – Preis für Innovation im Lokaljournalismus ausgezeichnet worden. Was hinter unserer Idee des digitalen Ortes steckt und was das Nachrichtenökosystem für den Lokaljournalismus bedeutet:

Wir sind mit Lokalportal mit dem Vor Ort NRW – Preis für Innovation im Lokaljournalismus ausgezeichnet worden. Zeit, darüber zu sprechen.

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