Local Community Media Network
Almost 3 years ago, Blackpool was trying to pull itself together after the programme "999 what's your emergency" did the dirty on us. The town aways gets a bad rap in the press and most of the locals love to slag it off too.
The idea behind the BPL Bible was to be different to what was already out there, spreading the good word about Blackpool. The local paper and national press were doing a stand up job of reporting the crime and bad stuff - we set out to accentuate the positives from town.
We've grown to nearly 10K followers since we started on this journey. It's been a labour of love more than anything; which has turned into a full time comittment. The BPL Bible has always been ran as a not for profit and the editor and his partner have incurred all the expenses so far.
We want to expand this venture which now has approx 10 volunteers, designers, writers and photographers alike. We've stumped up for the rent on a secure studio (The original gazette art department) which can be the base of our operations but we need some better gear in order to compete with the other local media outlets around here.
We've been working more on photos, graphics and videos recently but have found it difficult to render and export the files using the basic and dated equipment we have - we could also use some new accessories in order to help make that filming and photography work easier. (This kind of kit isn't cheap unfortunately)
The benefits of better equipment will mean that a better standard of content can be produced and delivered to our followers making us in turn a more valuable outlet to others in the local community. These skills and abilities will be made available at cost to local businesses who can't afford a media department on staff.
Businesses and media have always worked hand in hand. From the moment the first TV advert was broadcast - People have understood the power and reach that comes when collaborating with news and entertainment media. Being a better platform for local readers/viewers and for businesses is where we're headed - but without help from our community - it's gonna be a long hard slog to get the gear we need to do the job properly.
3 Stream is our livestreaming platform which is already delivering entertainment content on a weekly basis reaching in excess of 80K people per month. This business model is a natrual progression for the BPL Bible as we understand that video is key on social media. 3Stream is still in it's infancy but will be developing into a diverse channel of it's own in the coming months.
We've already been asked to livestream some events around the fylde coast and beyond - but new equipment is vital. The same equipment that can be used to make the BPL Bible a success can also be used by 3 Stream for the same ends.
We would ultimately like to build a team of employees and be able to guarantee them regular work with us, We forsee the employment of a graphic/web designer a video editor a social media manager and an office assistant - but the more money we have to spend on equipment means less money for employment opportunities.
Your support will help us to make our local business a success while generating some money for and in the local economy; while providing an extra opportunity for local businesses to reach a local audience.
We're more than half way there. We just need a bit of an extra push from you!!