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UK launches newswire for volunteer sector
18 June 2004

London: UK’s Home Secretary David Blunkett recently launched a "Community Newswire" to help volunteer and community groups publicize their activities to the regional press, according to the national daily The Guardian.

The Community Newswire service will send out up to 20 stories a day from local voluntary and community organisations that currently have little or no contact with the media, to journalists working in regional papers and in the broadcast media.

The service has been set up by news agency the Press Association and the Media Trust charity with a £500,000 grant from the Home Office's active communities directorate.

Stories drawn from voluntary groups' press releases will be sent out on the Press Association's regional wire service, which sends journalists the breaking news.

Speaking at the launch at the Press Association's headquarters in London, Blunkett said, "For citizens to participate fully in their communities and in our democratic society, they need to be able to engage with the media to make their voices heard.

"The Community Newswire, an innovative and very welcome idea, will make an enormous contribution to this and that is why the Home Office is making a grant of over £500,000 over two years to the project."

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From: The Guardian