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The Independent Community News Network (ICNN) officially launches

The ICNN supports and champions community journalists and the hyperlocal news sector, working to create ‘a level playing field’ with established media.

The Independent Community News Network (ICNN), the representative body for the hyperlocal news sector and community journalists, has launched in Cardiff.

ICNN aims to support and champion sustainable forms of digital and print journalism on a local level, providing help and guidance such as specialist legal support to its members.

The network already has 70 members, but the official launch means ICNN is now able to consult with its advisory board to map its future and choose the issues to focus on, explained Emma Meese, director of ICNN.

As well as offering access to legal support, the network is currently in discussions with the National Union of Journalists to gain access to press cards for its eligible members, and is exploring the readership and combined reach of its membership.

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