Annabelle Dickson, chairman of the Newspaper Conference and political editor of Archant East’s Eastern Daily Press and East Anglian Daily Times, told Government comms staff of the importance of the regional press at a session in No 10 Downing Street on Wednesday (August 20).
At the session Annabelle spoke about the power of regional press and advised Government communicators from Departments including Health, Energy and Justice how best to approach regional newsdesks and Westminster-based lobby correspondents at the session.
The regional press industry reaches 79 million unique users a month online, with the rate of digital audience growth doubling in the past year, and 30 million readers a week, Annabelle told delegates.
Annabelle said: “When I took up the role of regional lobby chairman I was determined that that political parties and Whitehall departments should all be alert to the importance of communicating with regional journalists.
“It is vital that civil servants and political advisors understand more about how we work so that all our brands –print, online and now local television - continue to be packed with political exclusives and reports and analysis of what London-based decision makers are up to, and how it will affect our readers.
“I strongly believe that regional lobby journalists play a vital role for their communities in holding elected politicians and unelected civil servants to account, and championing their regions in Westminster.”
Pictured above is Archant Anglia political editor Annabelle Dickson.
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