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The Scottish Beacon: a collaborative future for local news

Date: Monday 4th March   /   Time: 7:30pm - 9:00pm

In this online talk Rhiannon Davies will explore the current state of local news in Scotland: the decline in traditional providers and the monopolisation by corporations. She will also discuss the need for local news in the evolving digital climate.

Despite the multiple challenges facing the industry, there are still shoots of hope, with community-based, independently owned local news publications emerging which are values-driven, and put people over profit. The Scottish Beacon is a newly established collaborative of 22 of these publications based all over Scotland.

Rhiannon Davies, who launched The Scottish Beacon, is also the founder of the multi-award winning magazine, Greater Govanhill and cofounder of the Community Newsroom in Glasgow. The meeting will be chaired by Cathy Crawford.

This event is hosted online on Zoom by Edinburgh Humanists and open to all. It will be followed by a Humanist Pub Night in in the back room of the Kenilworth Pub in Edinburgh on 6 March at 7pm. This will be an opportunity to discuss the themes of Rhiannon’s talk further.


This event is open to all Humanist Society Scotland members, supporters, and anyone who shares our vision and values. Participation is free.