The Star, Sheffield, and BBC Radio Sheffield have announced the launch of a “unique partnership” which will see the two organisations aiming to “strengthen the city’s place on the national map.”
The initiative will see the newspaper and the BBC, traditionally seen as a rival to the regional press industry, hosting debates together and “celebrate the many, many good things happening here but also demand and work for better”.
The campaign’s first initiative will be a ‘Force for the Future’ public debate on South Yorkshire Police, set to be held on Monday 17 October.
Star editor Nancy Fielder, pictured, said: “I am really proud to be working with Radio Sheffield to show how important local media remains and the positive role we play in our communities.
“Every single one of our police officers is accountable to the people of South Yorkshire but they also need our support in shaping a positive future.
“We cannot allow our force to be hostage to its past. Politicians across the country have had their say on South Yorkshire Police and now it is time for the people they are tasked to protect to get involved.”
BBC Radio Sheffield editor Katrina Bunker said: “Working alongside our local newspaper colleagues on big local issues and significant debates means we can have even more impact with our journalism and our audiences can have a bigger say on the way their public services are run in the future.
“The public debate on the police will be the first in what I hope will be a series of big events our two newsrooms will work together on.”
Earlier this year the BBC agreed to fund 150 journalists to be employed by regional media groups to boost coverage of local councils and devolved bodies, as well as including web links to local press stories on BBC live news feeds.