Moray Council, in North-East Scotland, says it is in “no way” attempting to replace existing newspaper outlets, which it describes as a “valuable part of the democratic process.”
The redesign will see all press releases, related news items, pictures, films and blogs uploaded to the site.
In a press release announcing the new site, the council’s communications officer Peter Jones said: “Moray is well-served by our local press.
“They invest in trained reporters who attend local courts and council meetings and provide an independent, objective report on what goes on. They’re a valuable part of the democratic process and we are not trying to compete with that.
“What this newsroom does is provide a platform that allows people better and easier access to what the council believes to be newsworthy or interesting, and they can comment or ask questions too.”
The announcement further states the “newsroom” will not be used to promote any particular political viewpoint or party.
Readers of the site will be able to leave comments, which could be responded to by the authority’s chief executive, councillors or a service manager.
Councillor Stewart Cree, pictured above left, the authority’s leader, said: “I’ll happily respond to a comment on any of the articles and releases, and we can allow greater sharing of the content such as images and film, which helps publications rom further afield that pick up on our press releases.
“It all helps promote Moray to a wider audience, which can only be for the good of all.”