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Media Trust relaunches newswire service for charities

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Tue, 13/09/2011

A Big Lottery Fund grant will be used to reopen a free service that helps charities get their stories in national and local media.

The Community Newswire, run by the Media Trust, shut down in March after its funding from the Office for Civil Society came to an end.

It will reopen tomorrow after receiving new funding as part of a £1.89m grant from the Big Lottery Fund designed to encourage community and citizen journalism around the UK.

The newswire, which the grant will finance for the next three years, allows charities to submit press releases and photos. The most interesting stories are selected and written up by Press Association journalists and sent out to UK newsrooms.

The rest of the Big Lottery Fund grant will be used to encourage community news services by offering expert-led training, free communications advice from media volunteers, film production and distribution, and online information.

Source: Third Sector News