LINA Monthly JULY 2023

LINA

Supporting independent digital journalism
through hyperlocal news.

Hi there!

We hope you’ve had a productive and positive July, as we move through busy tax time into a new financial year. Here at LINA we’ve been doing some serious work behind the scenes to bring you a new, exciting team of staff to increase our support for members – keep your eyes peeled in the coming weeks as we introduce some new faces!

Tech Talk

Thoughts from the State of Digital Publishing’s WordPress Publishers Performance Summit

LINA’s Operations Manager Claire Albrecht got up at 4am this morning to join the State of Digital Publishing’s summit, hearing about the latest developments in WordPress publishing tools for news organisations. Of particular interest were conversations around:

  • Core Web Vitals and how to improve them
  • Avoiding the dreaded content shift (where layout changes as elements of the page load) by always setting dimensions for images and their containers
  • Regularly cleaning out your unused plugins to keep Javascript loading down
  • Preparing for Gutenberg 3, which will include powerful editorial tools and a better revision experience to match rival platforms
  • Moving away from ‘lazy loading’ images towards the new Fetch Priority API

LINA members can find further conversations around tools and tech on our Slack channel.

Member Services

Shop-talk sessions

Our most recent shop-talk was focused EOFY activities. Next week we turn our attention to best practice search engine optimisation in conversation with the Audience Team at ABC News Digital. LINA members will find the invite to this session in the inbox/calendar.

Not a member yet?

LINA welcomes membership applications from digital news publishers any time. Head to our website to join. Meanwhile, we say a warm welcome to our newest members:

We’re looking forward to meeting everyone at the LINA Summit in Port Douglas. Don’t forget to save the date: April 30 – 2 May, 2024. More info on that coming soon…

Opportunities

Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism
Entries are open for the 68th Walkley Awards. There’s no time like to present, so don’t delay in submitting your best work from the past year. Stories published or broadcast between September 1, 2022 and August 31, 2023 are eligible. More than 1,400 entries are received each year across 30 categories. Entries close August 31. Read more.
Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism
Entries are open for the 68th Walkley Awards. There’s no time like to present, so don’t delay in submitting your best work from the past year. Stories published or broadcast between September 1, 2022 and August 31, 2023 are eligible. More than 1,400 entries are received each year across 30 categories. Entries close August 31. Read more.
WA Media Awards
Entries are now open for 2023 WA Media Awards.Western Australia’s pre-eminent Awards for journalists are now open for entries.An initiative of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA), the WA Media Awards support and encourage professional and ethical reporting, and celebrate excellence in West Australian journalism. All winners, including the coveted Western Australian Journalist of the Year, will be announced at a gala event at the the ANZAC Club, Perth on Saturday, October 7. Read more.
WA Media Awards
Entries are now open for 2023 WA Media Awards.Western Australia’s pre-eminent Awards for journalists are now open for entries.An initiative of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA), the WA Media Awards support and encourage professional and ethical reporting, and celebrate excellence in West Australian journalism. All winners, including the coveted Western Australian Journalist of the Year, will be announced at a gala event at the the ANZAC Club, Perth on Saturday, October 7. Read more.

Food for Thought

A journalist created a tool to track story ideas, records requests and more – Poynter
The versatile ‘Newsroom Tracking Tools’ can organize contest entries, follow FOI requests and even serve as a portfolio manager and reminder app. Read more.
A journalist created a tool to track story ideas, records requests and more – Poynter
The versatile ‘Newsroom Tracking Tools’ can organize contest entries, follow FOI requests and even serve as a portfolio manager and reminder app. Read more.
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Shoutouts

We were so excited to hear about the successful launch of Hyperlocal Media‘s new masthead, Launceston Lively. And they’re already kicking goals!


CBD News then and now - blue background with the first cover of CBD news on the left and orange background on the right with the 100th cover.

Congratulations to Sean Car and Hyperlocal News for the 100th issue of CBD News – a fantastic achievement, and it looks beautiful!


The team at Murray Bridge News keep going from stregth to strength! This month they’ve announced their new quarterly publication, Murraylands Life.


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