The week will also feature a series of conferences and activities each day around the UK, which the NUJ says will involve journalists from all parts of the local media.
Ahead of the event’s launch on Friday, the NUJ’s parliamentary group chair Helen Goodman MP tabled an early day motion urging the government to take steps to support investment in local news.
Seamus Dooley, the union’s acting general secretary, said: “As acting general secretary I’m pleased to launch our campaign by calling on every member of the union to play their part in defending local news. Local News matters, and if we as journalists do not stand up for journalism who will meet the challenge?
“In the coming days I would encourage every member to attend an event, send a message of support – even buy a newspaper produced by NUJ members. Let’s celebrate quality local journalism as well as demanding fair pay and fair play for regional journalists.
“Local journalism is vital for democracy and the protection of journalism is part of our core function.”