Author Archives: Matt Abbott

I am the communications and project officer at the Centre for Community Journalism (C4CJ) and the Independent Community News Network (ICNN)

West Leeds Dispatch wins £112,000 Lottery award

Independent community news publisher West Leeds Dispatch has been given a huge boost after its bid for National Lottery funding…

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Salford Star to close after 15 years

The award winning Salford Star, believed to be the country’s longest running community media outlet, is set to close after…

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‘Always a leader’ campaigner, journalist and mentor Linda Quinn – an obituary.

This obituary was written by Linda’s widower Alan Slingsby. Linda Quinn, editor of the Brixton Blog and Bugle, who died…

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South Leeds Life celebrates 10 years of publishing

South Leeds Life, a founding member of ICNN, recently celebrated its 10th year of publishing. Editor Jeremy Morton explains how…

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Welsh Government provides emergency COVID-19 relief fund to welsh hyperlocals

Independent news titles in Wales are set to benefit from government funding in a further bid to help the sector…

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UK Government still reluctant to support independent news

As happened during the first national lockdown, local restrictions threaten to undermine the already fragile sustainability of the independent news…

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The public good independent news publishers are doing needs to be recognised

This article was previously published on the Behind Local News website If the internet and social media created the perfect…

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The Caerphilly Observer issues rallying cry to beat second lockdown

The headline of the current issue of the Caerphilly Observer reads: ‘Let’s do this’. It is, of course, referring to…

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Editor looks back on 15 years of title as bitternepark.info celebrates its 15th birthday

As ICNN member bitternepark.info celebrates its fifteenth birthday, editor Guy Phillips looks back on how it all started, at some…

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Independent news publishers in Scotland launch Government-backed public health campaign.

Today (20/08/20) our members in Scotland have launched a three-week advertising partnership with the Scottish Government and supported by ICNN.…

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ICNN has issued over 80 membership cards since the start of lockdown.

The day the lockdown came into effect it became apparent that members of ICNN needed identification to perform their roles…

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My Welshpool celebrates its 10th birthday

ICNN member My Welshpool is celebrating a decade of delivering news to the Welshpool area by welcoming back advertisers after…

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