I was happy to play a role in helping Una Murphy with VIEWdigital’s submission to the Stormont All-Party Group on Media Sustainability and Press Freedom. Key points included:
- Local independent news outlets have provided a vital service to communities during the COVID-19 pandemic by producing local public interest news stories.
- New approaches to restore trust in media, as well as new ways to raise revenue need to be found, to ensure media sustainability post pandemic
- There remains a need for the News Recovery Plan put forward by the National Union of Journalists, which called for strategic investments in the hyperlocal sector and for tax credits and interest free loans to be made available to support our journalism, both during and after the pandemic.
Thanks to Una and Brian for the opportunity to contribute.
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