As the only news publication in the UK with charity status, the Burngreave Messenger has been invited to give evidence on “the Sustainability of Local Journalism” at the House of Commons in London.
Our editor Polly Perkins will be attended the panel meeting on Thursday 16th June, where she will be rubbing shoulders with national and international organisations like Google, Meta, the BBC and the NUJ!
The meeting starts at 10am, but Polly will be live on Parliament.tv from 11.15am.
UPDATE: The session has been POSTPONED
Unfortunately the session on the Sustainability of Local Journalism that Polly has travelled to has been CANCELLED today “due to other Parliamentary business”.
The department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee have Tweeted saying:
“We are sorry for the inconvenience caused and hope to reschedule.”
Polly says she is “gutted”.
Due to other Parliamentary business our session on the sustainability of local journalism will not take place today as scheduled.
We are sorry for the inconvenience caused and hope to reschedule to ensure we continue to hear from these important voices as our inquiry progresses.
— Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (@CommonsDCMS) June 16, 2022
The ONLY UK news publication with charitable status!
The Charity Commission has cited the Burngreave Messenger as the only example of an organisation providing local news with charitable status, stating:
“In a recent statement the Charity Commission’s chief executive defended their approach by pointing out that journalism is not recognised as a ‘charitable purpose’ in its own right in the Charities Act and that to be registered a news organisation must ‘show the journalism that it funds or carries out is a means to achieving an existing charitable purpose’. Those existing purposes include promoting education, citizenship or community development. That statement cited four recent examples of registration. All four organisations are concerned with journalism, but only one (the Burngreave Messenger in Sheffield) actually provides local news.”