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Hyperlocals to take ‘deep dive’ into big issues after winning European cash

Rhiannon DaviesHyperlocal titles will tackle issues including health inequality and democracy after winning funding for new journalism projects.

Glasgow-based publication Greater Govanhill and the Bristol Cable are among 10 successful applicants from across Europe to have been awarded grants to help the work on “development journalism”, a process which refers to “the production and distribution of vital information that attempts to document the socio-economic conditions within disadvantaged societies”.

A total of €1.3m funding has been awarded by the European Journalism Centre and the Solutions Journalism Network as part of their Solutions Journalism Accelerator programme.

In Glasgow, Greater Govanhill will team up with investigative journalism network The Ferret to launch a “deep dive” into health inequalities in Scotland with the aim of finding solutions to the issues.

Greater Govanhill founding editor Rhiannon Davies, pictured, said: “We’re very excited to be partnering with The Ferret for this project.

“Bringing a solutions focus to issues that impact our community is at the heart of what we do.

“Working with The Ferret will enable us to expand that lens beyond our neighbourhood and see how different communities around Scotland are being affected by health inequality, and what can be done about it.

“This is a chance to move the conversation forward on a much wider scale.”

In Bristol, the Cable will use its grant to run a year-long reporting series looking at how people move around cities, how space is organised and how they are resourced.

Its membership and fundraising lead Lucas Batt said: ​​“As a local newspaper that puts communities and impact at the heart of everything we do, we’re so grateful and energised to have this huge opportunity to further pioneer solutions journalism here in Bristol.

“With this grant, we will be able to find, document, and engage people in big solutions to city-based issues, and drive forward a positive, solutions-focused local and international conversation on the future of cities.”