Public Interest News List Journalists: 23: Fiona Callingham, Portsmouth News Local Democracy Reporter

Fiona Callingham has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to covering local council meetings in and around Portsmouth as part of the Local Democracy Reporting scheme.

Her stories are always well written and has the ability to explain complex issues to the reader in a straight forward manner.

Fiona covers the basics from planning and licensing meetings to full council meetings and transport, so all the issues impacting on local residents.

And she does this very well. She has also kept local readers up to date with the latest coronavirus figures and news.

Examples include:

Southampton resident submits only objection to Fratton Park redevelopment plans

Portsmouth council to press on with city centre redevelopment starting with 22-storey block

Coronavirus: Deaths rise by 60 in one week in Hampshire care homes and seven in Portsmouth city

The impact is felt every day with residents being kept up to date with planning news, local transport, coronavirus figures, the politics of the local authority and views from the city’s MPs.

This all helps to produce trusted local information at a time when social media is awash with misinformation

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