LNM 2017: NUJ local news matters week
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4 January 2017
We are holding a week of action that will champion local news as an essential component of society, democracy and citizenship.
Kicking off on Friday 24 March until Saturday 1 April, the campaign plans already include a series of events in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
NUJ members from all parts of the local media – newspapers, online, start-ups, radio, TV, photographers and communications – are involved in this campaign.
This union-wide campaign wants to galvanise our collective voice to put pressure on media companies and other decision-makers who can stop the cuts and increase investment in quality local journalism.
How you can take part:
- Sign and share the NUJ and TUC public pledge calling for investment in quality local journalism and for the UK government to launch a public inquiry to examine the local media crisis.
- Send or tweet us a #localnewsmatters quote to say why you care about the campaign.
- Record a video message for the campaign
- Write to your local MP to ask them to sign early day motion EDM 1109 and to speak up for the local media in your area by attending the local news matters debate in parliament on Thursday 30 March starting at 13.30.
- Write to your local political representatives in Ireland and ask them for a supportive quote.
- Send any messages, videos, good examples, comments or feedback to our campaigns and communications department via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NUJ Oxford branch have produced this video to explain why local news is so important -
Local members, branches and chapels will meet with politicians on Friday 24 March.
The NUJ's Sunderland Shields and Hartlepool branch has organised an event on Friday 24 March starting at 12.30 at the Sunderland Civic Centre.
On Friday 24 March there is also a Bristol branch event starting at 19.00 at the Watershed.
On Saturday 25 March the Irish South West NUJ branch has organised an event to address the challenges facing journalists at local and national level. The event starts at 10.00 at King John's Castle in Limerick.
The NUJ Norfolk branch will be leafleting, meet up at 12.30 outside the Guildhall in Norwich.
The Manchester and Salford branch have organised a film showing at the Three Minute Theatre starting at 13.30.
On Monday 27 March the Centre for Investigative Journalism is holding a training workshop for journalists in Glasgow. This is now sold out.
The Portsmouth branch are meeting on Monday night.
On Tuesday 28 March there will be a public meeting in parliament, all welcome. The event is to launch new research on local news provision in the UK and the impact on democracy. The event takes place on Tuesday 28 March from 18.00 in committee room 12.
On Tuesday 28 March at 18.30 Bethan Jenkins AM will host an event about local news at the National Assembly for Wales.
On Tuesday 28 March, there will also be a London independent broadcasting and new media branch meeting starting at 18.00 at Headland House.
On Wednesday 29 March NUJ chapels are planning simultaneous workplace meetings.
NUJ members from BBC Radio Solent and BBC South will be meeting in Dorchester (10am) and Southampton (1.50pm) on Wednesday.
The union's Leeds and Wakefield branch will be handing out leaflets and talking to commuters on Wednesday March 29 between 15.30 - 18.00 outside Leeds railway station. Meet at the Brewery Tap, on Station Approach, on the day.
On Thursday 30 March there will be a local news matters debate in parliament in westminster hall and starting at 13.30 until 16.30.
On Friday 31 March there is a Future of News conference in Scotland starting at 11.00 at The Hub in Edinburgh.
Jim Nolan's new play, Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye tours in Ireland until 8 April. Set in a provincial newspaper office in the Irish Midlands in the run up to Easter 2016. Find out more about the play online.
Our campaign demands:
- A short, sharp, national, parliamentary inquiry into the state of local news
- Local papers should be treated as community assets
- New rules to prevent local media outlets from closing overnight – they should be offered to potential new owners, including local co-operatives, with the time available to submit a bid for alternative media ownership in advance of any closure
- Action by government and employers to stem the relentless job cuts
- Increasing investment, from a range of sources, for quality local journalism.
Our campaign aims to reclaim a vital, vigorous press that is at the heart of the community it serves and is owned and operated in the public interest.
Bristol NUJ members with LNM leaflets. Picture credit: Matt Sterling
Download the week of action logo to use on your local materials and publicity.
Print out the LNM logo selfie, take a picture of yourself or a group of NUJ members or even your local politicians with this logo and send it to the campaigns and communications department to publish online during the week of action.
Access the stats and facts briefing and use the information in your own publicity and correspondence with politicians, community groups and sister unions.
Get a copy of the model letter to MPs
Sunderland Shields and Hartlepool branch event publicity:
Download the NUJ Informed special edition dedicated to the Local News Matters week of action.
Download the Campaigns Checklist (as seen below).
It's not the internet that's destroying local news - it's greed - The Independent
Two thirds of districts without daily newspaper coverage, says NUJ - Hold the Front Page
NUJ report: Local press is lifeblood of democracy, but 418 journalism jobs lost in last 17 months alone - Press Gazette
Councillors pass motion backing importance of Limerick media - Limerick Leader
Local News Matters Now More Than Ever - The Clare Champion
Gazette contributes to NUJ Local News Matters debate in Bristol - Chew Valley Gazette
Durkan supports NUJ’s ‘Local News Matters’ campaign - Derry Journal
Limerick Leader press coverage of the campaign including Limerick council support and Investment key to halting fake news.
Treat closure-threatened newspapers like pubs, MP urges - Hold the Front Page
NUJ calls for public inquiry into 'local media crisis' with launch of Local News Matters campaign - Press Gazette
NUJ calls for investment in journalism at launch of local media campaign - Hold the Front Page
'Fake news' debate at King John’s Castle - Limerick Post
Waterford Council endorses campaign supporting local media - Dungarvan Observer
Comeragh Council voices its support for local media - Dungarvan Observer
Media union in ‘news matters’ campaign - The Birmingham Press
King John's Castle to host debate about 'truth in the news' on Saturday 25 March - Limerick Leader
In My Opinion: Paul Holleran: The future of local news - All Media Scotland
Scottish NUJ conference to consider the future of local news - All Media Scotland
Council expresses backing for Local News Matters campaign - Derry Journal
- Join the NUJ Facebook group and the NUJ Linkedin group to share information about plans in your area
- Keep up-to-date with information about the week of action
- Access the latest NUJ news about the campaign
- Access the Press Gazette research on newspaper closures
- Follow @NUJofficial on twitter, tweet us your local news and use the hashtag: #localnewsmatters Let us know what you are planning for the week by emailing: email@example.com
This page will continue to be updated as more information and resources are confirmed and published.....