Update: written evidence to DCMS report on Sustainability of Local journalism

Last year, Una Murphy and I have submitted evidence on behalf of ViewDIGITAL to the UK Government Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport Committee enquiry on the sustainability of local journalism. The report has was published a few days ago and can be read here. The Public Interest News Foundation response to its recommendations includes a comment from Una and can be read here

In the submission, we discussed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on independent news outlets such as ViewDIGITAL. Our recommendations include making interest free loans available to local news organisations, and the creation of a public media trust to support the hyperlocal sector in the future. The submission can be viewed here