At a media conference on Tuesday, November 27, third-year Loyalist College Journalism – Online, Print and Broadcast students will launch their hyperlocal websites to the public. Increasingly popular in Canada, hyperlocal journalism focuses on news targeted for a geographic or thematic area, serving a specific neighbourhood, town or small city through an online platform.
“This unique project empowers our students to become publishers,” said Professor Robert Washburn. “They get to experience all sides of the job – from creating a marketing plan and advertising to building a website and sharing their written content through it. When they graduate, these students will use their hyperlocal sites as amazing evidence of their creativity and skills across diverse multimedia platforms. Employers will be impressed with how they’ve connected with a local audience.”
|What:||Hyperlocal Website Launch by Loyalist Journalism Students|
|When:||Tuesday, November 27
Integrated News Room – Room 1N9
New Hyperlocal Websites for the Quinte Region:
- Code 11: On the Scene (http://ejournalism.lcaat.ca/stephcrosier/) by Steph Crosier
An innovative emergency services site, which provides the public with breaking police and fire news, profiles on emergency services personnel and reports on traffic delays.
- The Gentleman’s Campus http://ejournalism.lcaat.ca/samnormand/ by Sam Normand
This student-oriented news site is all about Loyalist campus life and promotes positive discussions.
- Hastings Health Source http://ejournalism.lcaat.ca/johnboldrick/ by John Boldrick
The site looks at current events and issues pertaining to healthcare in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.
- The Reuben Sandwich http://ejournalism.lcaat.ca/millerreynolds/ by Miller Reynolds
A voice for Belleville youth culture, this site focuses on topics of interest to youth, as well as providing a forum and information for parents.
- The Varsity Voice http://ejournalism.lcaat.ca/taylorrenkema/ by Taylor Renkema
A one-stop shop for all OCAA sports action at Loyalist, featuring in-depth stories, photos and videos.
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Kerry Lorimer, Manager, Corporate Communications and Media Relations, Loyalist College, firstname.lastname@example.org, (613) 969-1913, ext. 2536