As more and more local newspapers cease publishing, shed jobs and move out of the communities they serve, Evelyn Fraser, development manager of the Scottish Women’s Convention, writes about the importance of local newspapers, especially for women. She was invited to do so by NUJ Scotland as part of the Stronger Voice for Women in the Media project. The aim of the project is to improve representation of women working in the media and how women are represented by the media.
Is there any need to have printed local newspapers? Absolutely, says Evelyn Fraser, development manager of the Scottish Women’s Convention.
Women have commented on the importance of local media, particularly in rural Scotland where communities are small and information hard to come by.
Some might say –
“We live in a digital society.”
But what about poor or expensive broadband?
“There are public buildings which provide free access to online information.”
But many of them are closing down; or have limited access; or are two bus journeys away. Continue reading