Llanelli Online has joined the Independent Community News Network (ICNN). The Centre for Community Journalism has now launched a representative body for community and hyperlocal news publishers.
The ICNN is committed to supporting and championing new sustainable forms of local digital and print journalism across the UK. Their focus is at the hyperlocal level; the place where journalism is most valued but also most at risk.
Their objectives are to increase recognition of community publishers and the vital work they do; make representations on their behalf to policy makers, regulatory bodies, third sect funders, businesses and other organisations and fight for better opportunities for all.
To this end they aim to develop strategies to tackle issues such as statutory public notices and sustainability; working with third party organisations to address financial constraints and deliver solutions to help publishers deliver quality news provisions to their communities.
They are also working with legal professionals and trainers to ensure that publishers have access to free and impartial media law guidance.