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PINF and NewsNow Announce Dates for Upcoming Native Information Plan Workshops in Glasgow, Manchester, Bangor, Bristol and Newry

 

The Public Curiosity Information Basis (PINF) and NewsNow, the UK’s unbiased information discovery platform, are delighted to announce dates for his or her undertaking to assist a ‘new period’ in native information in 5 areas across the UK’s 4 nations.

This follows a profitable begin in Folkestone, the place native people from a wide range of backgrounds, reminiscent of enterprise leaders, civil society organisations, funders and other people with lived expertise, got here collectively to debate a shared imaginative and prescient for the way forward for public curiosity information of their neighborhood.

PINF can be internet hosting the extra Native Information Plan workshops on the next dates:

– 4th Nov – Glasgow
– 14th Nov – Manchester
– sixteenth Nov – Bangor
– twenty third Nov – Bristol
– thirtieth Nov – Newry

At a time when many native papers have closed, consolidated or in the reduction of their providers, leaving a troubling deficit in native democracy, PINF and NewsNow are getting down to assist communities in fixing the issue for themselves.

Jonathan Heawood, Govt Director of PINF, stated: “I’m delighted to be internet hosting our second Native Information Plan occasion in Glasgow. Native information within the UK is in a state of turmoil. Legacy newspaper publishers are beneath enormous stress, and rising suppliers are struggling to compete for consideration with social media. By working in these very completely different areas throughout the UK, we purpose to assist a brand new period in native information that actually serves communities.”

The undertaking is being led for PINF by media advisor Sameer Padania, with native ‘stewards’ supporting the planning course of in every space. The stewards will establish native stakeholders, and invite these stakeholders to a workshop to create a Native Information Plan for his or her space.

The six ensuing Plans can be hosted on a devoted web site, and classes from the undertaking can be shared with policymakers and philanthropists.

Struan Bartlett, CEO of NewsNow, stated: “We’re delighted to be working with PINF on this essential undertaking. We all know a wholesome society wants a wholesome information weight loss plan, but in relation to native information it generally appears like we’re on hunger rations. Sustainably funded public curiosity journalism is significant for wholesome native democracies. Fairly than parachuting in cash or options, we imagine that by getting folks on the bottom to speak to one another, communities can work out for themselves what they need from native information and the way finest to incentivise and assist native suppliers to ship it.”

PINF and NewsNow anticipate an final result of the undertaking to be a Native Information Plan template that may be replicated and tailored to different localities, constructing assist for public curiosity information from native funders and philanthropists, traders, enterprise communities and policymakers; and growing the prospects for sustainability for public curiosity information suppliers throughout the UK.

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