How many holes does it take to fill Old Oak Drive?: Guardian Local launches in Leeds
The Guardian today launches its new Guardian Local collaborative community journalism initiative in Leeds with beatblogger John Baron.
Top story is about a pot holed scarred road which may be the worst in Leeds.
Similar Local sites are to follow in Cardiff and Edinburgh. Each has access to tools provided by mySociety, a charitable project that builds democracy and transparency websites, such as TheyWorkForYou.com and FixMyStreet.com.
Local site users will be able to use both Fix My Street and Contact Your Councillors. Fix My Street enables users to flag up and monitor local problems such as graffiti, fly tipping, broken paving slabs, or street lighting, which are passed on to the relevant department at the local council. Contact Your Councillors allows users to find out who their local councillors are and to contact them directly by filling in a form with their message.
Emily Bell, Guardian News and Media director of digital content, explains the background to the launch here.
I am a freelance journalist based in the UK and was deputy editor of Press Gazette, the journalists' magazine, from 1993 until 2006. I want to give an independent view on media matters.
You can contact me with stories, ideas and comments by email at firstname.lastname@example.org You can also follow me on Twitter @jonslattery