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)

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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Campaign to #saveindependentnews gets cross-party support

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has led a campaign to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care…

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UK Government decides which news publishers sink and which swim

The following is taken from a twitter thread written by Director of ICNN, Emma Meese. The UK Government decides which…

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Government public health campaign will not reach many communities

The Government has today (April 17, 2020) launched a public health campaign that will simply not reach many communities across…

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Welsh Government provides emergency funding to welsh hyperlocals.

Welsh members of the Independent Community News Network have been awarded emergency grant revenue funding of £8,500 by Welsh Government…

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Media law in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Working as a journalist is challenging at the best of times, but during this pandemic, there are added risks and pressures upon you.

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Three-quarters of independent news providers in the UK at risk of closure due to COVID-19 crisis

A survey of independent news providers in the UK has shown that 75% are at risk of closure due to the COVID-19 crisis.

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Guide to reporting COVID-19

The work of a journalist can be challenging at the best of times. There are many hurdles to overcome reporting…

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