Friday, February 19, 2010

Join the media's new wave in Wales

Journalists, photographers and media workers across Wales are looking for an
alternative to cutbacks, closures and redundancies, as newspaper proprietors and
other local media providers struggle to meet the challenge posed by the collapse of
advertising revenue in the face of the recession and the switch to online media.
We've all read about it or seen it on TV. Some of us have personal experience. The
media world is changing rapidly but it is not all bad news. This change is opening
up new opportunities for us as media workers.

Quality local journalism
Local News South Wales (LNSW) is reversing the trend by setting up an exciting new
vehicle for the provision of local news - a workers' co-operative for journalists,
photographers and other media operatives, including freelance staff - with a view to
running not-for-profit local news networks across Wales, starting here in South West
Wales and including both online and print publications.
The intention is to focus on quality local news, something that is in increasingly
short supply. LNSW will also help to train local news journalists.
The co-op itself is already up and running, under a board of experienced local
journalists, with premises secured and a firm timetable for getting products to
market - starting with a local news website for Port Talbot.
Print publications may well follow, in line with the results of a comprehensive
market research exercise that is now getting underway.

Good news you can be part of
Interested? Well, the good news is that it needn't cost you a fortune - a few pounds
would make you a member of the co-op - and, as a member, you would have a big say in
the direction LNSW takes, as well as a chance to work for the co-op.
All this costs money, of course, and what we are also seeking right now is hard cash
to help us bring our vision to reality as quickly as possible, so all pledges of
support - no matter how large or small - would be more than welcome as start-up
approaches.

We would also like, where possible, any help you can provide voluntarily during
weekdays to help get our new office up and running smoothly.
In the meantime, you can find out more about Local News South Wales at two special
meetings we have arranged for members and supporters - one in the daytime and one in
the evening - where you can join the co-op, and find out more about the latest plans
and proposals from the co-op, and how you fit in.

The first will be held on Monday, February 22, from 6.30pm at the Swansea Yacht and
Sub Aqua Club in East Burrows Road, Swansea; the second - a daytime meeting - will
be held in the next couple of weeks.

If you can't make it along then send us an email at localnewsporttalbot@nsasr.co.uk
and we'll get back to you with more information about being part of the co-op.

We look forward to seeing you.
Andy Pearson
Rachel Howells
Mike Witchell
Simon Davies
Mike Burrows
Claire Pearson
Ken Smith