The £50,000 scheme, run by the Carnegie Trust, encourages applicants to become a ‘Carnegie Partner’ and develop innovative ways of producing local news.
The Trust – which believes that media organisations, civil society and citizens all have a role to play in delivering the better news media – has identified the need to explore how to support more accessible, pluralistic and diverse local news for citizens and communities.
This funding will enable each Partner to deliver a local news project in a clearly defined geographic area. Projects could cover a new area of content, work with new news gathering partners, or develop new platforms to deliver news.
The scheme’s an interesting one and it’s on a topic that’s very close to my heart – the democratic deficit in regional press. By ‘democratic deficit’ I mean regional press withdrawing from comprehensive community reporting (which has been happening for years) and comprehensive municipal reporting.