Local Heroes: Future of local news conference on 14 May, last chance to book places

If you’ve ever wondered how to set up your own profitable local newspaper, website or magazine – or are looking for ways to breath new life into an existing local publication – Local Heroes 2010 is the conference for you.

It is next Friday, 14 May, at Kingston University in South West London (20 minutes by train from Waterloo) and there are still places left.

Ticket prices are £25 for students, £50 for members of the NUJ and Press Gazette subscribers, £80 for university lecturers and £100 full price.

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Wanja Oberhof is flying in from Berlin to reveal how he has persuaded more than 5,000 mainly young Berliners to subscribe to daily personalised newspaper Niiu using the latest digital printing technology.

Sir Ray Tindle will explain how he built up a regional press empire from nothing and reveal why he is still launching new local newspapers now.

There will be sessions featuring journalists who have started profitable local blogging sites, publishers who have defied the recession to launch new print titles and editors who have achieved success against the odds during the toughest media recession in history.

The culmination of the day will be a debate on the biggest question facing British journalism today: On whether it is time to end the web-first free for all for news.

If you care about local news and want to find out how to have a great future in it then Local Heroes is this year’s essential conference.

SPEAKER UPDATE: Alan Geere – editor-in-chief of Essex Chronicle Media Group – is to be one of the speakers in the great debate.

Full conference programme.

Go straight to the booking page (click on book this course).

Or else reserve your place by emailing Lisa Hall, l.hall@kingston.ac.uk or calling her on 0208 417 2853.



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