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Weekly to bring in mystery guest editor to mark Journalism Matters week

JM-logoA weekly newspaper is set to unveil a mystery guest editor to mark a campaign highlighting the importance of the local press.

The Abergavenny Chronicle will take on the special guest as part of the Journalism Matters, campaign which runs from today until Sunday.

The guest editor is just one of a number of initiatives being undertaken by regional papers to mark the week.

As reported by HTFP, News Media Association chairman David Dinsmore has written an article for titles across the country to print which calls for a “reset” to the way journalism is perceived by the public.

In a piece explaining the Chronicle’s involvement, editor Liz Davies wrote: “We hope you know you can rely on the Chronicle to keep you up to date with is happening locally, and nationally where it affects you, and always being there to fight your corner. With the growth of fake news, it has never been more important to have trust in what you are reading and we remain firm in our aim of providing our readers with the facts free of prejudice or bias.

“And that is where local newspapers like the Chronicle are so important. Research shows increasingly that people are becoming increasingly connected to their local community. People are spending more time and money locally and are more positive about key issues at a local level. And trusted local media prompts people to have a sense of pride in the area they live.

“As part of the Journalism Matters campaign we will be joining local papers all over the country to take part in #trustednewsday on Thursday, May 16 to take you behind the scenes and show readers exactly how trusted news is gathered, produced and distributed over the week.

“Look out early next week on this website as well as the Chronicle’s Twitter feed and Facebook page for details of how you can get involved, speak to our reporters and put editor Liz Davies on the spot with your questions in a live online question and answer session. Look out also for information about our very special guest editor, who will be taking the helm of the Chronicle for one week only.”