Pits n Pots

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Pits n Pots was an independent news site which focused on the Stoke-on-Trent political scene. Until it ceased publication in August 2012, the site promoted and actively encouraged comment and debate on the political stories it published. Several Stoke-on-Trent councillors contributed to the site with comments or by having their blogs republished to the site.

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Although not classed as traditional media, the site was featured on BBC News Online,[1] was mentioned in Hansard[2] and at the future for local and regional media sub committee.[3] The site founder Tony Walley has spoken on BBC Breakfast News & Radio France about the site and what is commonly termed hyperlocal publishing.

Pits n Pots published the story about the British National Party (BNP) using a Polish Spitfire[4] on their posters some 5 days before the national press picked it up.

On 1 August 2011 Tony Walley published a blog [5] announcing that he was ending his involvement with the site, citing other projects based around his radio broadcasting interests as his reasons for leaving. The site then took a short break from August until late October 2011, when the remaining member of the founding editorial team, Mike Rawlins started to publish articles again.

On 5 December 2011 Mike Rawlins published an article [6] announcing that Pits n Pots was being supported by the newly formed Journalism Foundation.[7]

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