IMPRESS The Independent Monitor for the Press has approved Llanelli Online as complying with the requirements of the IMPRESS Regulatory Scheme, which allows the online news site to display the IMPRESS Trust in Journalism mark.
As part of these new arrangements Llanelli Online adopted the IMPRESS Standards Code and a new Complaints Policy, Complaints Procedures and Whistleblowing Policy which all employees and contributors are required to adhere to. The documents can be found here online in the section ‘Policy Documents’.
The certificate from IMPRESS was presented to Llanelli Online editor Alan Evans and reporter Iwan Lewis today, Wednesday (Sep 21) by Debra Evans of Boleyn’s Bistro in Llanelli.
Editor Alan Evans said: “This is a real vote of confidence and trust in a very newly established hyperlocal online news site. We are expanding all the time and there are great plans for the provision of news and multimedia in Llanelli. Iwan has recently given up a job to come and train with us and he is doing really well. We would like to partner local schools and colleges and help them get hands on experience within the media, which is ever changing. We were mentioned recently when the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee met and it was pointed out that hyperlocals like Llanelli Online would be the future of Journalism in Wales as the larger organisations move further East and are swallowed up by Trinity Mirror.
“Debra Evans who is the owner of Boleyn’s Bistro has helped us out immensely providing us with a space to work and get online when we had nowhere else to go. Debra won an award herself recently for supporting local producers and local businesses. This is a fine example of what she has done. The coffee and food is fantastic and we look forward to having a large office party there one day when the company expands a little more.”