Editors across regional and local titles in the UK are being invited to partner with local libraries ahead of the launch of exhibitions exploring the role news plays in society.
Taking place on 24 February 2022, more than 30 public libraries will launch displays showcasing 500 years of news – inspired by the British Library’s upcoming ‘Breaking the News’ exhibition.
The UK-wide displays will kick-off with a public event taking place at Leeds Central Library on the evening of 24 February. The event is titled ‘Breaking the News: The Launch Debate’ and, alongside in-person tickets, the discussion will be streamed online.
The major ‘Breaking the News’ exhibition, supported by Newsworks, will open at the British Library in London from 22 April to 21 August 2022.
Newsworks CEO Jo Allan said: “These localised exhibitions will celebrate 500 years of news by showcasing some of the most important local stories while examining the value of news, free speech and the ongoing importance of local journalism to their communities.
“This network of activity across local libraries is a brilliant initiative and will be a great way to lead into the launch of the British Library’s “Breaking the News” exhibition in April, which we are delighted to be supporting.”
News Media Association chief executive Owen Meredith said: “Journalism plays a critical role in our democratic society, and I hope that these exhibitions will really bring that to life for communities across the UK.
“Local libraries and local news media titles are both highly trusted institutions within local life and, by working in partnership for these exhibitions and beyond, they can deliver even more value for the public.”
Liz White, Head of Public Libraries and Community Engagement at the British Library, said: “We are thrilled to be collaborating with over 30 public libraries across the UK – from Aberdeen and Exeter to Bournemouth and Belfast – to kick-start a nationwide conversation about the role news plays in our society, ahead of ‘Breaking the News’ opening in London this spring. The Living Knowledge Network enables us to connect with people across the country and this is an excellent opportunity to celebrate regional news and explore its significance at the heart of communities.”
Full details of the authorities hosting the displays can be found here.
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