Editorial 25/04/22

In February 2019 the Cairncross Review “A Sustainable Future For Journalism” was published. The Report stated the decline in public interest journalism was most acute at the local level. The Epsom and Ewell History Explorer website tracks the loss of our Borough’s last dedicated local newspapers in the first decade of the 21st Century.

The Independent Community News Network states “Independent community and hyperlocal news outlets are fulfilling the traditional role of the fourth estate in local civic society, complementing the diverse range of news provision available.”

In establishing the review former PM Theresa May said  “Good quality journalism provides us with the information and analysis we need to inform our viewpoints and conduct a genuine discussion”

ICNN has 122 members from Armagh to Eastbourne.  Most of these local news services are run as the Epsom and Ewell Times is: “For the community, by the community”, though their organisation varies from one to another.

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