As Journalism Matters week begins today, the NCTJ is proud to support the campaign by highlighting the impact Community News Project reporters are having in their communities.
The campaign, run by the News Media Association, highlights the vital role trusted news media journalism plays in our democratic society.
Local journalism remains an excellent training ground for journalists and also provides opportunities for career progression.
Every day throughout Journalism Matters week, the NCTJ will be publishing the experiences of community reporters at a range of newspaper groups as part of the Facebook-funded scheme.
We will be hearing about the stories they have produced that stand out to them, either because of how they originated, the impact they had among their communities, or in the way they were presented.
Will Gore, head of partnerships and projects at the NCTJ, said: “The Community News Project has always been about people: about audiences that had previously been under-served, and about the reporters enlisted to engage with local communities.
“For Journalism Matters week, we wanted to highlight the stories that CNP reporters have worked on which mattered most to them and to their readers. And we wanted to hear it from the reporters themselves.
“The pieces that have resulted offer a fantastic insight into the working lives of local news journalists, and act as a testament to the ongoing success of the Community News Project itself. Above all, they show how good journalism makes a difference.”
Journalism Matters Week is also calling for votes in the Making a Difference campaign, which highlights the power of news media titles to campaign for positive change.
Find out more about Journalism Matters here.
Click here to read today’s piece, written by Natasha Meek from the Bradford Telegraph & Argus.