Local media celebrates #trustednewsday

Posted on: October 8, 2020 by Claire Meadows

As part of ‘Journalism Matters’ week, local media up and down the country are today celebrating ‘Trusted News Day’.

Reporters, photographers and production teams in local papers are using their titles, websites and social media to highlight the trusted journalism and stories that they produce for their communities alongside giving readers an insight into how the news is made.  

Journalists from titles such as the Express & Star in Wolverhampton and Sheffield Star have been sharing details of their working day including how content moves from page to print and how, due to the Covid-19 crisis, many reporters are continuing to help produce public interest journalism from their homes. The Express & Star has also posted a blog on its website allowing readers to follow its team live and see what goes in to producing the title’s newspaper and website.

Speaking to the Society of Editors, Martin Wright, Editor-in-Chief of the Express & Star and Shropshire Star said that #trustednewsday was an opportunity to highlight the valuable work that titles such as the Star produce on behalf of their readers.

He said: “In journalism, we are often our own worst enemies. We are used to criticism – and sometimes abuse – simply for doing our jobs. As an industry we don’t shout about what we do or remind people why it is so important often enough.

“So it seemed appropriate to highlight the work being done by our journalists across the West Midlands and Shropshire for #trustednewsday – and hopefully to give people an insight into the fantastic work that our teams do to bring the news to our readers every day.”

View the slides below to see coverage of #trustednewsday