The journalists are funded by the BBC as part of its latest Charter commitment but employed by regional news organisations. These organisations range from a radio station to online media companies and established regional newspaper groups. Local Democracy Reporters cover top-tier local authorities and other public service organisations.
The remaining posts to complete the full allocation of reporters will be distributed to Northern Ireland news organisations in Stories written by the democracy reporters are shared with more than media titles and outlets that have signed up to be part of the Local News Partnerships scheme.
To be awarded the democracy reporter contracts, the successful news organisations had to pass stringent criteria which included financial standing and a strong track record of relevant journalism in the area they were applying to cover.
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The award decisions were made by senior editorial BBC figures. The full list of organisations that were awarded contracts can be viewed here. For contracts consisting of multiple local authorities, a number of successful bidders have agreed to share the local democracy reporting resource with neighbouring titles to ensure full coverage of the contract area. Local Democracy Reporter content can be downloaded via an online portal, accessed via a log-in code supplied to all qualifying news organisations.
LDRs work to their own brief covering the stories of greatest public interest and they should not undertake commissions for any partner. Direct questions and clarifications relating to content are acceptable, but any suggestions or comments relating to the service should go through a LDR's manager. Depending on workload and commitments it is up to each LDR to decide whether or not to agree.
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While meeting the highest standards of accuracy and impartiality, written content may conform to an employer's normal style. BBC training will help create a common standard for media content production. Local Democracy Reporting Service The Local Democracy Reporting Service created up to new journalism jobs to help fill a gap in the reporting of local democracy issues across the UK.
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The brief. The Local Democracy Reporters' LDRs brief is to report on the decision-making process: what decisions are made in the public's name and how they are arrived at, what evidence is presented to the council, etc.
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In two-tier council areas the LDRs should cover district council affairs sufficiently to ensure that significant decisions eg planning are reported. LDRs may provide other stories which are focused on local democracy and which are in the public interest so long as that does not detract from the core purpose of the service.
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While that is fundamentally in service of converting logged-out users to registered audiences, it also helps maintain engagement levels with existing subscribers. As with Lokalportal and its publisher partners, Riedmann argues it all stems from a drive to re-invent local journalism, and offer something genuinely new to audiences that might otherwise never have engaged with a publisher's titles.
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