Behind Local News back in print — here’s how to get your copy
Behind Local News is to lend its support to Journalism Matters Week by publishing a special print edition highlighting the importance of local reporting.
More than 2,500 copies of the 40-page publication will be printed later this week, and distributed to newsrooms throughout the UK as well as journalism courses.
The project is made possible thanks to support from Chartbeat, which provides real-time audience analytics to many newsrooms across the UK.
The paper will carry some of the most popular articles from the behindlocalnews.co.uk website so far this year, as well as material written exclusively for the publication.
It will include features on campaigns making a difference in local communities around the UK, the new Facebook-funded Community Reporters Project, four pages of insight from Local Democracy Reporters, a preview of the Regional Press Awards and in-depth articles on digital innovation in newsrooms around the UK.
As well as being distributed across the UK, copies will be also be awaiting the 300 guests expected at the Regional Press Awards taking place at the end of Journalism Matters week.
“We’re thrilled to be a part of the work Behind Local News is providing for Journalism Matters Week,” said John Saroff, Chartbeat CEO.
“Local news is the heart and soul of the media industry, helping people stay informed and make sense of the most intimate relationships in their lives — those in their communities.
“It connects deeply with individual readers, is as relevant as news can get, and drives loyalty without peer.”
Behind Local News was launched just over a year ago with the aim of going behind the headlines about local journalism, and reporting on the journalism which is so vital to local communities.
It is now read by thousands of people every week, and has held two journalism conferences in the last 12 months too. Last December, a special ‘annual’ of the website was produced, with a limited print run of around 400 copies.
As with the December edition, Reach Printing Services will be publishing the newspaper, and providing to support to make the project happen too.
Lynne Anderson, News Media Association deputy chief executive, said: “This special edition of Behind Local News for the week of Journalism Matters will provide a very timely reminder of all the fantastic journalism produced by our local and regional media over the past year.
“Launching for the first time this year, Journalism Matters will be a powerful platform for the industry to communicate the importance of journalism — and the role of local and national news media holding power to account — in our democratic society.”
If you want to make sure you get a copy of the BLN summer special, please click here to sign up to get your copy.