Independent Journalism Seeks Unified Voice

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VIEWdigital publishes VIEW social affairs magazine which is one of 400 independent publications across the UK and Ireland. We have been invited to take part in conferences, research and campaigns by Cardiff University’s Centre for Community Journalism (C4CJ).

C4CJ was set up in 2013 to encourage and promote the dissemination of quality news and to help create more jobs in journalism at the hyperlocal level. It has now decided to set up a representative network for independent publishing.

The sector is as diverse and over the last five years it has grown. VIEW social affairs magazine was first published in January 2012 and now has published more than 40 editions – both digital and print – with additional news articles distributed via our web and social media channels.

We feel that the time is essential to speak as one sector, one voice,” said Matt Abbott, Communications and Project Officer at C4CJ.

Our decision to move quickly in establishing the Network has been steered by the urgency with which we need to feedback back to the BBC regarding their Local Democracy Reporter Scheme.

The scheme set out to provide 150 BBC-funded reporters to news-poor areas, and make the content available to third party local news publishers.

As a direct result of our involvement in this process, and following months and months of negotiations, the BBC criteria to both apply for a reporter and receive BBC content via the NewsBank is now more accessible to this sector.”

The Network will set up an online discussion forum in the New Year and will also be involved in lobbying, advocacy, training and networking.

If you want some more information about the Network please email Matt in Communications at abbottm2@cardiff.ac.uk Tell him you read about it via VIEWdigital.

 

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