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)

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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Midlands publisher wins first-ever ICNN Website of the Year award

Birmingham Updates has been announced as the first-ever winner of the ICNN Independent Community News Website of the Year at…

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Scottish Conservatives launch newspaper recovery plan

The recovery plan will support local journalism and local newspapers through additional funding streams, support national media with additional Scottish Government advertising spend.

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Scottish investigative journalism co-op secures $260,000 philanthropic grant

ICNN member The Ferret, Scotland’s only investigative journalism co-operative, has received a $260,000 grant to secure its future in the…

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Public Interest News Foundation launches COVID-19 Emergency Fund for independent news publishers.

The Public Interest News Foundation (PINF) has launched the COVID-19 Emergency Fund for independent news publishers affected by the COVID-19…

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95% of independent news outlets have received zero support from Government

It has been six weeks since Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced lockdown measures and still there has been no package…

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