THE HERALD’S application to join the BBC Local News Partnerships has been successful, granting access to the BBC News Hub and Shared Data Unit and the Local Democracy Reporting Service.
Now that Herald News (UK) Limited, the publisher of The Pembrokeshire Herald newspaper and this website, is now a member of the BBC Local News Partnerships, the company has been granted access to the BBC News Hub and Shared Data Unit and the Local Democracy Reporting Service.
Criteria for membership include demonstrating a track record of high quality public service journalism covering all aspects of public institutions, organisations and civic life, including councils and public bodies, maintaining high journalistic standards with reference to both the BBC’s Editorial Guidelines and the Editors’ Code of Practice and having a robust method for handling complaints.
The Local News Partnerships supports established news providers who can demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the production of public interest journalism for local or regional audiences, irrespective of size or means of distribution.
The partnerships were created in 2017, since when over 140 media organisations representing more than 900 print, online or broadcast outlets have joined.
The News Hub offers access to BBC video material shortly after transmission for use online.
The Shared Data Unit creates and shares data journalism and is staffed by BBC journalists working alongside reporters on secondment from local news providers.
The Local Democracy Reporting Service supplies around 150 journalists who are funded by the BBC but employed by regional news organisations to report on local democracy issues across the UK.