A typical editor’s office from the oscar winning movie Spotlight.
On behalf of Ian Murray, Executive Director of the Society of Editors and Rachael Jolley, Editor of Index on Censorship magazine, I am sending out a very short survey on concerns about local news reporting.
This series of questions has been put together to form part of a report that the Society of Editors and Index on Censorship are compiling to help analyse concerns about local news reporting and its future. The data is collected anonymously, but it would be helpful if you could indicate your role in news gathering.
West Dunbartonshire Council appear to lay great store by surveys and make most of their decisions in regard to policy and budget matter only after having undertaken at least one on matters it deems to be important.
They would appear to consider Communications important since nearly £500, 000 a year is allocated to it in their annual budget.
I think it only fair therefore to give them and you, the readers of The Dumbarton Democrat, to tell us whether you think that West Dunbartonshire having its own independent digital newspaper for the 21st century is something that would be of benefit to the community.
And whether you consider it fair that The Democrat is banned from asking questions of the Council?
Please e mail us with your answers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Heaney, Emeritus Editor, Society of Editors