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Hyperlocal sites network founder in line for top national award

Rhiannon DaviesA journalist who set up a hyperlocal website before going on to create a network of 22 similar publications has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

Rhiannon Davies launched the award-winning Greater Govanhill magazine in Glasgow before linking up with other local publishers to create The Scottish Beacon, a new national title focused on community news.

Now Rhiannon, pictured, has been shortlisted for a major Women in Journalism award set up in memory of one of its founding members.

The Georgina Henry Award, set up in honour of the former Guardian journalist, aims to recognises excellence and digital innovation by a woman journalist working in the UK and offers £4,000 in funding.

Said Rhiannon: “I am delighted to be shortlisted in this category for the second time. And I’m pleased that the project I entered with – The Scottish Beacon – is also shortlisted in the ‘Innovation of the Year’ category.

“This is a collaborative journalism project so it really is a tribute to all the independent community-based publishing partners.

“What’s also lovely is that my Scottish Beacon colleague Juliana has also been recognised for her important work with Migrant Women Press.

“For me, collaboration and amplifying community voices is the future of journalism.”

The winner, judged by members of the Women in Journalism committee, will be announced at the British Journalism Awards in London on December 14, 2023.

Other partner publications in the Scottish Beacon include The Bellman, Broughton Spurtle, C&B News, Clydesider, Crail Matters, Edinburgh Reporter, Forres Local, The Ileach, Glenkens Gazette, The Hawick Paper, Inverclyde Now, Lochside Press, Midlothian View, Migrant Women Press, The Orkney News and Shetland News.