Dave Harte

Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication and Award Leader, MA Social Media

Birmingham School of Media
0121 331 5421

Dave Harte is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications and award leader for the MA in Social Media at Birmingham City University. He researches the emerging trend of local community ‘hyperlocal’ news websites and has published widely on the subject.

He has a track record of working with local media companies to support the growth of the creative economy. For many years he has worked closely with Birmingham's vibrant digital media sector acting as a link between the public sector and the business community.

In the mid-2000s, he worked closely with the regional development agency for the West Midlands on their business clusters strategy, subsequently managing a major business support project on their behalf. Dave has worked with Birmingham City Council as Economic Development Manager for Digital Birmingham where he championed the use of social media and open data to the city leaders and the business community.

Most recently he was co-investigator on the UK Research Council funded project 'Media, Community and the Creative Citizen' where he led a research strand investigating the scale and value of hyperlocal news websites. His work on this has been published by Ofcom, the UK media regulator, to support their understanding of this emerging sector.

Dave has published on the role of social media in media education and has also managed funded research projects for the Communities and Culture Network, part of the UK Digital Economy research strand.

Professional Secondments:

  • Economic Development Manager - Digital Birmingham (2008-09)
  • Project Manager - Digital Central (2006-08)
  • Cluster Innovation Manager - Advantage West Midlands (2003-05)
  • Subject Co-ordinator - Art, Design, Media, Subject Centre (2003-05)
Areas of Expertise
  • Social Media
  • Hyperlocal Publishing
  • Creative Citizenship
  • Media Education

Harte D., & Williams A. (2016) Hyperlocal News. In: Sage Handbook of Digital Journalism. Sage

Harte, Dave and Williams, Andy and Turner, Jerome (2016) Reciprocity and the Hyperlocal Journalist. Journalism Practice. pp. 1-17. ISSN 1751-2786

Harte, David (2016) ‘Tell it like it is’: The role of community not-for-profit media in regeneration and reputational change. Ethical Space, 13 (2). pp. 35-47

Harte, D., Williams, A., & Turner, J. (2016) Discourses of enterprise in hyperlocal community news in the UK. Journalism Practice Journal

Harte D (2015) Lessons from ‘The Vale’ – the role of hyperlocal media in shaping reputational geographies. In: After Regeneration: lessons for urban policy from connected communities. Policy Press.

Harte, D., Williams, A., & Turner, J. (2015) Filling the News Hole? UK Community News and the Crisis in Local Journalism In: Nielson, R. K. (ed.) Local Journalism: The Decline of Newspapers and the Rise of Digital Media. London: I.B. Tauris. pp. 203-223. 

Harte D., Williams A., Barnett S., & Townend J (2014) Hyperlocal Community News in the UK

Harte, D., Gough, K., & Jackson, V. (2014), ‘I think it's mad sometimes' - unveiling attitudes to identity-creation and network-building by Media Studies students on Facebook. IN: An Education in Facebook? Higher Education and the World's Largest Social Network. Routledge 

Harte, D., Williams, A., & Turner, J. (2014) The Value of UK Hyperlocal Community News. Digital Journalism, pp. 1-24. 

Harte, D (2013) ‘’One Every Two Minutes’: assessing the scale of hyperlocal publishing in the UK’ JOMEC journal Vol 3.

Ashfield, M., Harte, D. & Jackson, V (2013), ‘Social Media and employability – creating new resources with students’. In: Learning in Higher Education. Libri Publishing. 

Harte, D & Jackson, J (2011), ‘Media Employability 2.0’ in: Media Education Research Journal 2:2, pp:42-56 

Harte, D. (2009) – ‘Issues in developing an Audio-Visual Cluster in the West Midlands’ In Vol 2 Issue 1, Creative Industries Journal, Intellect. 


‘Lessons from ‘The Vale’ – the role of hyperlocal media in shaping reputational geographies’, Paraarchive conference, Leeds University, 2015.

‘Discourses of enterprise in hyperlocal community news in the UK’, Journalism Entrepreneurship Summit, Google Campus, 2015.

‘Offline representations and online constructions of ‘place’ in hyperlocal media’. Media and Place Conference, Leeds Metropolitan University, 2014.

‘Hyperlocal publishing and the role of banal activism in civic engagement’. Ordinary/ Everyday/ Quotidien Conference, University of York, 2013

‘Local Digital Media – the role of ‘Hyperlocal’ in supporting community participation in public life.’ Communities in the Digital Age symposium, Canterbury Christchurch University, 2013.

‘Hyperlocal news websites, new working practices, and their role in everyday creative citizenship’. Rethinking Media and Journalism Practice Conference, School of Media and Film, University of Winchester, 2013

‘One Every Two Minutes – assessing the scale of Hyperlocal Publishing in the UK’. MeCCSA, University of Ulster, 2013. 

'Issues in developing an Audio-Visual Cluster in the West Midlands', Regional Studies Association, 2008.

'Higher Education and the Creative Economy - a cluster-based approach', Creative Ambition conference, 2008.

'Delivering Clustering in the Screen, Image, Sound Sector', Creativity and Creative Sectors, Clusters and Networks Seminar Series, University of Birmingham, 2007.

'Intermediaries for regional partnerships', Research Exchange Network Conference, Nottingham University, 2007. 

'West Midlands Cluster Development: Identifying investment models for the creative industries' Creative Clusters conference, 2005.

'The Role of Higher Education in Developing a Media Cluster in the West Midlands' MeCCSA, 2005.

Media Work

Dave Harte is one of the University’s dedicated team of trained media champions, and can comment on a range of subjects including:

  • Social media

To arrange a media interview, please contact Birmingham City University Press Office on 0121 331 6738, 07967 271532,
email press@bcu.ac.uk or via Twitter @BCUPressOffice

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