Brockley Central assimilated by the Guardian


The Guardian has begun to aggregate stories from selected London blogs, ahead of this year's elections. Brockley Central is the first blog to succumb to the Guardian website's technological superiority.

The aim is to create a London blogging gestalt, which makes the Guardian the first port of call for London coverage and drives traffic out towards the individual sites.

We've written a few times about the contribution hyperlocal blogs can make towards local news coverage and political debate, so it's an honour to be the first blog included in the Guardian's experiment, even if our primacy is the result of nothing more than Brockley's place in the alphabet.

The Guardan's London blogger, Dave Hill, has written about the project here. Brockley Central will be doing its best to cover the Lewisham elections, especially now the Guardian has raised the stakes.

20 comments:

ppp said...

Hope you are getting financially renumerated for your efforts.

Anonymous said...

ppp, as you well no we in Brockley are happy to contribute to the greater good without looking to profit personally.

Rosie said...

The Guardian may be the first, but they won't be the last. Hyperlocal blogs + the elections are a perfect fit

BC is bang on trend.

ppp said...

Are you the same anon going on about that topic?

ppp said...

Are you the same anon going on about that topic?

maxink said...

Congratulations for the recognition, well deserved.

Anonymous said...

Didn't Dave Hill play guitar for Slade

Tom said...

I think that's worth a congrats. nice one nick - bc is a model of fair reporting that others should follow.

patrick1971 said...

The "politically intriguing" borough of Lewisham? I wonder what that means? Maybe it's "here at Guardian Towers we have absolutely no idea where Lewisham is, and if we have heard of it we think it's full of scummers and ne'er do wells, but we've done some research and realised it's got the highest Green vote in London and this great blog, so now we're confused"?

Brockley Nick said...

I think it means that it's one of the few boroughs to have its own Mayor and it's a relative hotbed for Green politics.

Dave, to be fair, has always been supportive in linking to Brockley Central.

Anonymous said...

what on Earth is a bolling gestalt???

Anonymous said...

or even a blogging gestalt???

love detective said...

plus the rare feat of having not one, but two socialist party councilors out of their total of 5 nationwide, plus a not insubstantial, and somewhat unreconstructed, far right support base in the south of the borough, adding in the green support you mention, declining support for new labour over the years (and ignoring the lack of upsurge in tory support) makes it almost a microcosm of national politics in these changing times

Tamsin said...

A little while back the Telegraph Hill Ward was totally out in the cold, with its two socialist councillors and an independent. Made the national press, a friend in deepest tory oxfordshire commented on it.

drakefell debaser said...

The Socialist Party came knocking the other Sunday which is the first time I have come across them since living in the TH ward. Not that I am complaining.

I do find it odd though that I can name councillors from most of the neighbouring wards yet had to look up my own.

Brockley Nick said...

Also good points, love detective

Tamsin said...

Ian Page, Chris Flood and Robin Cross...
Possibly they are lower profile than many because they do not have higher political aspirations - i.e. no intention of standing for Westminster or even of getting into the inner LBL sanctum of the Mayor's Cabinet. They are, though, generally very good at throwing their weight behind local campaigns and initiatives, e.g. the skateboard park campaigners making a presentation to the Young Mayor for funding. As well as the regular surgeries and attendance at Ward Assemblies which comes with the job.

drakefell debaser said...

I didn't know about the skateboard park, where is it proposed to go?

Tamsin said...

Subject to consultation and discussion - if you are about on Saturday 27th Feb. they are having a consultation event in the Lower Park 11 to 3. (Although the Lower Park is just about the one place where a skateboard facility cannot go - too hilly and closed at dusk - don't want to encourage children to break into, particularly for a potentially risky activity where there is difficult emmergency services access.)

There was a front page spread about it in the last Hilly Telegraph - which in Drakefell you should have got. The consultation was due to be in January but for various reasons, not least the snow, it was postponed. It should be huge fun in itself - they are having a temporary skate board area with runs and jumps and rails or whatever set up in the basketball court.

drakefell debaser said...

Tamsin - Yes the Lower park is not really suitable but then I don't think the upper park is either for the same reason.

I do get the Hilly Telegraph but didn't get round to reading the January issue.

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