A government minister is to hold round-table talks with industry figures and union bosses on the future of regional journalism.
Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, says he wants to ensure a “vibrant and brilliant future” for the regional press ahead of discussions.
The NUJ says it hopes the meeting will be the start of a strategic plan for a “vibrant, plural and well-resourced local press”.
Mr Vaizey announced he will be holding the talks during a parliamentary debate on culture, media and sport.
He said: ““I am pleased that I will be sitting down with the National Union of Journalists for a seminar on local newspapers because I for one want to do everything I can to ensure that they have a vibrant and brilliant future.”
Members of other government departments will also be present at the talks, to be held at the Department for Cuulture, Meida and Sport.
The Newspaper Society, which represents regional press publishers, has also confirmed its attendance.
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said: “This is a great opportunity for the industry to come together to look at how newspapers can continue to produce quality journalism, serve their local communities and play a role in local democracy.
“The transition to a digital model in local papers is providing new opportunities, but also challenges.
“This meeting should be the start of a strategic plan for a vibrant, plural and well-resourced local press.”