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Bloggers can enhance council reporting

In Suffolk we are a bit behind some other parts of the country in developing citizen coverage of councils by bloggers, but we are beginning to make our mark.

I believe there is a need for more people to hold councils to account in an area where there is little pluralism in the mainstream media. In Suffolk Archant controls most, including the two daily papers which now share reporters. BBC plans to develop hyper-local coverage have been hit over the head by government at the prompting of msm which has been building regional monopolies.

Encouragement to bloggers is provided by Kate Belgrave writing about her experiences of covering council meetings at Liberal Democracy under the title, Bloggers are best at covering local cuts across the UK: so we are being banned.

Which reminds me that Simon Higgins, Suffolk County Council’s head of communications, has not responded to my request, made on February 25, to allow filming by community groups in public libraries.

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