I missed hearing about the Guardian witness site until recently. This is where they ask us to share stories which they might use in news. This would seem to have amazing local studies potential, if a library set this up, or it could be a collaboration. I will have to explore it more, but it is interesting to see what people are contributing to the different story/reporting areas. Go and have a look at it. I also like that all the stories/reporting can be shared to social media (painlessly).
This is what The Guardian says about the site
GuardianWitness is the home of user-generated content on the Guardian. You can contribute your video, pictures and stories, and browse all the news, opinions and creations submitted by others. Posts will be reviewed prior to being published on GuardianWitness, with the best pieces featured on the Guardian site.