BBC Launches Section Two of Local News Partnership

By Matt Abbott | 8th Sep 2017

The BBC is now inviting news organisations to apply for the second round of the Local Democracy Reporter Scheme.

The Scheme will be open to applicants wishing to access the News Hub, the Shared Data Unit, and to apply for funding to employ one of the 150 Local Democracy Reporters.

These reporters will cover councils and other public services on behalf of the BBC and local news organisations.

According to the BBC, more than 50 media organisations representing more than 600 print, online or broadcast news titles have already signed up to Section One of the partnership.

At least fifteen of those organisations are community and/or hyperlocal titles.

This partnership entitles those publications to receive content generated through the News Hub, Shared Data Unit and Local Democracy Reporters.

The BBC is also seeking further applicants for Section One of the Scheme.

For those who missed the window in March, this is another chance to apply.

For those who were unsuccessful the first time around, the Centre for Community Journalism can assist organisations wishing to put together another application.

Organisations must meet the same criteria for Section One as before: a consistent level of contemporaneous coverage, high editorial standards (evidenced by membership to a regulator or a demonstrable track record), and must be able to demonstrate a robust method for handling complaints.

Membership of ICNN will cover organisations looking to qualify for the last two criteria. See link.

According to the criteria, organisations wishing to apply for Section Two of the Scheme must already employ journalists trained to a recognised standard; have the ability to handle payroll and HR, and be able to provide the content in a multimedia format.

The Scheme will be open for application from Monday 11 September via the BBC Supplier Portal.

The closing date for applications is 10:00 on 13 October 2017.

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