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Review: Local News Partnership ‘A Great Success’ Which Delivers ‘Real Value’
The Local News Partnership between the News Media Association and the BBC has been “a great success” which delivers “real value” for audiences across the UK in the form of local public interest journalism, a review of the scheme has found.
BBC report calls for smaller publishers to be able to recruit more LDRs
Smaller publishers should be given a “fair” chance to recruit local democracy reporters, a BBC review into the scheme has recommended.
Shared Data Unit helps newsrooms plot UK’s Coronavirus volunteer groups
SDU pools resources around projects which assist publishers and the public dealing with Coronavirus
First titles aimed at BAME audiences join BBC local democracy scheme
The first two UK publications aimed at Asian audiences have joined the BBC’s Local News Partnerships Scheme under an expansion to include black, Asian and minority ethnic titles.
BBC Shared Data Unit inspires data journalism teams across the UK to collaborate on public interest stories
As the training scheme returns for 2020, Newsquest and JPI Media journalists are learning new data skills to better serve their local communities
Local Democracy Reporter scheme opened up to BAME publications
Service extended to news platforms aimed at black, Asian and minority ethnic communities in the UK
JPIMedia chief hails ‘ample evidence’ to back LDR scheme expansion
Call comes after the service reveals it generated 3,500 stories in a single week
Local democracy scheme given 75 per cent satisfaction rate
Study asked partners of the scheme to record all the stories based on the work of democracy reporters
Reporter who makes himself ‘an irritant in best possible way’ named LDR of the year
Leigh Boobyer is named Local Democracy Reporter of the year at first ceremony celebrating excellence in the ground-breaking scheme.
Local Democracy Reporter scheme is making a difference — in many ways
Journalists speak of the positive difference the scheme has made.
Local Democracy Reporter scheme to complete UK roll-out in Northern Ireland
The expansion will bring the total number of LDRs to 150
The story behind the ‘interview of the year’ which proved local democracy is far from boring
Local Democracy Reporter beats competition from across regional press to be named ‘Interviewer of the Year.’
BBC 'confident others will follow' as New Zealand sets up own local democracy reporters scheme
Head of Local News Partnerships expects other countries to follow in the UK’s footsteps.
Local democracy reporting scheme set to be emulated overseas
The BBC has welcomed news that its local democracy reporting scheme is set to be emulated on the other side of the world.
Does the British model for local journalism work?
Journalist and researcher Birte Schohaus visits the Oxford Mail to talk about the Local Democracy Reporting Service
The importance of ‘being in the room’
I’ve been the local democracy reporter for Derbyshire for a little more than a year now — and it is safe to say it is just the first step on a long road.
Why you should consider becoming a local democracy reporter
With up to 150 roles around the country now dedicated to local democracy reporting through the Local Democracy Reporting Scheme, you’ll regularly see vacancies being advertised as reporters move on. Leigh Boobyer, LDR for Gloucestershire, on why you should consider a job with a difference:
Local Democracy Reporter shortlisted for Scottish political journalism prize
Local Democracy Reporter David Bol, who covers Edinburgh City Council, has been shortlisted for political journalist of the year at the Scottish Press Awards.
Campaign win for daily as councillor who moved 400 miles off-patch finally quits
A councillor who moved 400 miles away from his constituency has quit after being repeatedly challenged about his absence by a regional daily.
BBC Local News Partnerships: how breaking out of the London bubble can strengthen the news agenda
Looking outside your newsroom - and your city - for stories comes up with unexpected benefits. Catch up with the main points raised by Matthew Barraclough, head of BBC Local News Partnerships (LNP), speaking at Newsrewired
Local Democracy Reporters supply 850 regional titles with public interest stories
A year after the launch, three strands of the BBC's Local News Partnership give regional newsrooms a lifeline in hard times
How the BBC’s Local Democracy Reporting Service is yielding surprises
An initiative by the BBC to improve and sponsor local news reporting has led to improved standards of local news journalism. While this was largely to be expected, the byproduct has been even more exciting: giving the organisation the ability to spot national trends.
500 stories in 200 newsrooms: Inside the BBC’s shared data unit
Working alongside journalists from other news organisations has been the most rewarding aspect of a busy first year for the BBC’s Shared Data Unit, says its editor Pete Sherlock
BBC-funded local democracy reporters filed 50,000 stories in first year with nearly all roles filled (Press Gazette)
BBC-funded local democracy reporters have filed 50,000 news stories in the scheme’s first year, although the scheme has yet to fill every role.
Local democracy reporters file 50,000 stories in first year (Hold the Front Page)
A pioneering public service reporting scheme between the regional press and the BBC has celebrated its 50,000th story being filed.
In Britain, a Team Effort to Help Local News Survive
To support local newspapers and news sites, the salaries of nearly 150 reporters are being paid through Britain’s TV license fee, which finances the BBC.
Electric buses powered by diesel are uncovered by an Australian in Harrogate
Lachlan Leeming, a Local Democracy Reporter a long way from home, reveals how he explains the detail of his role and his excitement at seeing stories widely shared
Shades of Westminster in Cromer and bobbies in the council chamber
In the same week that talk of a no confidence vote in the Prime Minister rumbled on, the Conservative leader of North Norfolk District Council faced challenges of his own.
Local democracy reporters praised in first annual review of scheme
The Local News Partnership is 'generating significant levels of local public interest journalism', the scheme’s first annual review has found
Frantic note-taking ensures pivotal issues are unravelled
Newsquest’s Aran Dhillon reveals how the fast-paced Local Democracy Reporter role is holding politicians to account in Warrington and Cheshire
How the BBC built one of the world’s largest collaborative journalism efforts focused entirely on local news
News publishers of all sizes are partnering to “save democracy” at the local level; more than 35,000 stories have been published
30,000 and counting: The changing face of council reporting
A year after the deadline for publishers to apply to become part of the Local Democracy Reporting Scheme, passed, 126 of the 147 roles are now operational
Local Democracy Reporting: Making the most of FOI
David Higgerson, digital publishing director at Reach PLC, looks at Freedom of Information requests made possible thanks to the work of LDRs
Local Democracy Reporters: Are council PR teams on board?
Johnston Press editor in chief Jeremy Clifford and LNP assistant editorJason Gibbins presented at the LGcomms Public Service Communications Academy
Using quiet council corridors to get under the skin of big issues
Fiona Callingham explains how she dealt with the ominous gaps in her diary as councils - and councillors - went quiet for the summer holiday period.
'I want to get people to want to read council stories' (Behind Local News)
Faye Brown, a reporter at the Liverpool Echo, on why getting readers to want to read council stories is as important as writing them in the first place.
Grass roots democracy? Believe me, it’s anything but boring
Steve Shaw, Local Democracy Reporter working out of the Basildon Echo newsroom, shares insights into his job
'I spent three months learning data journalism with the BBC'
Newsquest reporter Bev Holder looks back on her three-month secondment with the BBC’s Shared Data Unit.
Passing comment led to NHS spending crisis being uncovered
Leigh Boobyer, based at Reach Plc title GloucestershireLive, looks back on a story which took him well beyond a council agenda.
Why I decided to become a Local Democracy Reporter
Robert Alexander explains what made him respond to an advert for an LDR role at the Peterborough Telegraph... and why he loves the job.
The FOI which led to a council changing its policy - and pledging to spend more money
Local Democracy reporter Amy Orton reveals how a passing comment at a meeting led to story which has changed council policy when it comes to spending money.
BBC claims it has 'created a new editorial resource’ as cache of 11,000 stories is unearthed
The BBC has widened its definitions of national news ... after stories from a new reporting project have highlighted the value of public interest journalism.
‘Is Scotland’s education system really more tolerant than it was 100 years ago?
Glasgow-based Local Democracy Reporter Eddie Harbinson goes behind the story of his splash “Unholy Row Over Schools”.
Data sharing is caring: BBC boosts local news output through Shared Data Unit
“We brought traditional rivals together under a collaborative umbrella,” says Pete Sherlock, BBC assistant editor, Shared Data Unit.
New batch of regional journalists seconded to BBC data unit
A new team of regional journalists have started secondments at a project being run as part of the BBC’s local democracy reporting scheme.
Communities deserted by local media feel neglected - BBC is reversing this
On a recent rainy day, I shuffled onto a high wall in the heart of London, and surveyed the largest march I had ever seen.
8,000 up: The new council stories now being told by regional newsrooms
Journalists, by their very nature, are a largely cynical bunch who, quite rightly, question all things of all people.
How Ottawa should spend its $50 million to support local news
There’s $50 million on the table in Canada to support local journalism in the country’s under-served communities. What’s the best way to spend it?
More scrutiny please: How BBC’s democracy partnership with local news companies is shaping up
The first reporters recruited as part of the BBC and news industry local democracy scheme are in place and filing copy.
Life as a Local Democracy Reporter
For almost five months, I have become a constant at County Hall – the home of Kent County Council.
Local news partnership ‘will not offset job losses’ says BBC chief
The BBC executive heading up the Local Democracy Reporter scheme has admitted it will not “slow or offset” the rate of job losses in the UK regional press.
The story behind the UK's first Local Democracy Reporter
I first heard about the job through a friend, who told me to apply. When I read the job description, I genuinely thought it was the perfect job for me.
Court reporting seminar hears support for social media levy to help fund public service journalism (pressgazette.co.uk)
Former Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has talked to Facebook and Google about paying into the local democracy reporting scheme funded by the BBC.
Where the new BBC-funded reporters will be based
The BBC has today announced the winners of the contracts to employ up to 150 local reporters to cover councils and public meetings across the UK.
Big groups win lion’s share of BBC local reporting contracts
The ‘big three’ regional press groups have won the lion’s share of contracts to employ up to 150 new BBC-funded reporters to cover council and public meetings across the UK.
Most of 150 new BBC-funded Local Democracy reporters go to Trinity Mirror, Newsquest and Johnston Press
The lion’s share of contracts for the pool of 150 BBC-funded “local democracy reporters” have been awarded to the UK’s largest local newspaper publisher Trinity Mirror.
Regional journalists start secondments at BBC data unit
Three regional journalists have started secondments at a project being run as part of the BBC’s local democracy reporting scheme.