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Local journalism project wins European online excellence award

Megan Lucero 1A nationwide local journalism project has been honoured by an awards scheme recognising online excellence in Europe.

The Lovie Awards has named The Bureau Local as the recipient of its Be Greater with Data Award for its data journalism work.

The Bureau Local, run by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, has established a journalistic infrastructure enabling over 750 journalists, technologists, community-minded citizens and specialist contributors to work together on different stories.

The Lovies, which are now in their eighth year, aim to recognise the “unique and resonant nature” of the European internet community.

Awarding the prize, Lovies judges stated: “Operating on a core belief that information is power and that transparency is vital, The Bureau Local demonstrates an innate understanding of the power of the web to reveal the truth.

“By connecting member journalists from all corners of the UK community via their open resources protocol on Google Drive, Slack and GitHub, their reporting shines light on issues from both a hyper-local perspective and in aggregate, a national one.”

Bureau Local director Megan Lucero, pictured, told HTFP: “We were excited and surprised to hear of this recognition and are honoured to receive the Be Greater with Data Award.

“The Bureau Local community has really shown the power that technology and people can have when put together and it’s great to see this valued with this award.”