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Public Interest News Foundation Panel Discussion

Public Interest News Foundation Panel Discussion

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A panel discussion, chaired by Jonathan Heawood from the Public Interest News Foundation will explore the role of local news today, and in particular its influence on a sense of community, within a global, social media world of instant news and multi-national concerns.

Dorothy Byrne (the former Head of News and Current Affairs at Channel 4), Kathrine Castle (Academy FM Folkestone) and freelance journalist Rachel Mantock will be joining Jonathan.

The Public Interest News Foundation (PINF), believes passionately that everyone should benefit from high-quality journalism that speaks to them, for them and with them – public interest news. Their aim, over the next five years, is to ensure the sustainability of independent news providers in at least one hundred local communities across the UK, including Folkestone. They are working with NewsNow to initially launch a ‘Local News Plan’ project, convening stakeholders in six locations around the UK (one of which is Folkestone) to produce a Local News Plan for each area.

The Local News Plans will set out a shared vision for the future of public interest news in that area, and will include commitments to support this vision from stakeholders such as the local authority, MPs, businesses, civil society and news publishers. Ultimately, the six Plans will be hosted on a dedicated website (, and lessons from the project will also be shared in a report aimed at policymakers and philanthropists.

This event will be chaired by Jonathan Heawood.


The Shape of Things to Come, our forward-thinking Book Festival returns this autumn. Running from Friday 18 November to the following Sunday 27 November 2022, Folkestone Book Festival will present a celebration of writing, reading, thinking and debate.

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We are delighted to welcome the return of NewsNow as our principal partner. Thank you to NewsNow and all of our funders for their continued support.

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