Blunt, the arch cynic who writes the blog Playing the Game, has got his teeth into hyper-local and community journalism.
He writes: "Back in the old days journalists used to have a strange device called a contacts book. In it they would put the names and telephone numbers of interesting local characters, councillors, gossips, cops, lawyers, judges, tattle tales and other ne'er do wells.
"The journalist would use another outdated device called a telephone and ring said contacts on a regular basis to get stories to put in the paper. Some would give you regular stories, others were less forthcoming and normally motivated by petty spite, personal ambition or greed.
"We called it basic reporting.
"Nowadays we call these people 'community correspondents', we are their 'mentors' and the whole thing has the twee title of 'citizen journalism'. It's all part of the great hyperlocal plan - reporting down your local street.
"But shouldn't your 'local' paper already be covering each of the areas.
"Oh hang on, didn't all the reporters get fired already?"
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