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.
Yesterday Cormac Lawler I took part in a podcast hosted by Rob Watson focussing on wellbeing and media during the COVID-19 lockdown. We discussed a wide variety of issues including what type of future awaits local journalism as we come out of the pandemic. Rob runs the excellent Media for Positive Social Change , which has some great podcasts, blogs and other resources about community media.
Many thanks to Rob for the invitation, and to him and Cormac for a really enjoyable chat!
I have had an op-ed in the Sheffield Telegraph today. I argue that local journalism is playing a key role in providing support for communities during the coronavirus pandemic. Thanks to Victoria Wood and the staff at the Telegraph for the opportunity. The piece can be found here
I have an op-ed in View Digital today in which I argue that we all need to support local journalism, both during the coronavirus crisis and beyond. Thanks to Brian and Una for the opportunity. The piece can be read here