A national tabloid editor has criticised regional publishers for closing newspaper offices – and called for more investment in local journalists.
He spoke out after a presentation by Archant journalist Emma Youle about her award-winning investigation into homelessness in Hackney.
Ted told delegates at Kingston University: “Local newspaper journalism is so important and, as we’ve seen with Grenfell, the council really weren’t held to account.
“So many groups are closing offices where newsrooms have been decimated and they’re wondering why people aren’t buying the newspaper.”
Ted added: “I hope this leads to investment in more journalists at a regional level. More investment in serious journalism has to be a good thing.”
A local newspaper which had previously run front page stories on the concerns raised by Grenfell tenants about safety issues at the tower block, the Kensington and Chelsea Chronicle, was closed in 2014.
During the discussion, Emma was asked by Nottingham Trent University lecturer Tracy Powell whether centralised investigations teams which have been set up by some regional publishers in recent years were a “realisation that cutbacks in newsrooms have gone too far”.
Emma responded: “Whether it’s an admission, I don’t think so, but we are having to work within our means in newsrooms and that’s led to some creative thinking around that.”