Local Newspaper Week is under way for its 10th anniversary year – with the theme of Campaigning for Your Community.
There is also support for the regional press industry from Gordon Brown, who hails local newspapers as “honest, responsible and accurate”, and from Dame Mary Marsh of the NSPCC, who speaks out in support of awareness campaigns in the local press.
NS communications director Lynne Anderson said: “Local and regional newspapers are champions of campaigning and the past year has seen some brilliant examples on a wide variety of issues, from the Iraq war to the story of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance.
“Previous years have shown that both readers and advertisers respond positively to Local Newspaper Week which aims to promote the strengths of local and regional press, and celebrate the medium.”
Many local newspapers will be taking part by giving a round-up of their own press campaigns, supported by material provided by the NS, which includes artwork, testimonials from members of the public and organisations that have benefited from local media campaigns, and comment from high-profile figures.
Last year, Local Newspaper Week had an environmental theme and hundreds of newspapers took part, running environmentally-themed editorial and advertising features, supplements and news stories.
Editorial provided by the NS for members to use during the promotion included comments from Prince Charles, David Miliband MP and Ken Livingstone.
The Newspaper Society gives these top ten facts for Local Newspaper Week: