Welcome to the Deeside.com ‘Local Democracy Reporter’ section

The Local Democracy Reporting Service is a BBC project which has seen around 150 new journalism jobs created in a bid to ‘help fill a gap in the reporting of local democracy issues across the UK.’

The journalists are funded by the BBC but employed by regional news organisations.

The local contract, one of 59 across the UK, was awarded to Trinity Mirror (now ‘Reach PLC) who publish the Daily Post but is being run via Newsquest, the UK subsidiary of US media giant Gannett, the new owners of NWN / The Leader.

Deeside.com applied and was granted access to a ‘newsbank’ and the output of reporters across a couple of neighbouring local authorities as well as Flintshire.

Local Democracy Reporters should be covering top-tier local authorities and other public service organisations.