HM Queen supports work of trusted news media
Monday, October 5, 2020
Her Majesty the Queen has sent a message of support to national and regional news publishers at the start of ‘Journalism Matters’ week.
The annual campaign aims to highlight the vital role that “trusted news media journalism” plays in a democratic society.
The Queen wrote to members of the News Media Association, which was created six years ago with the merger of the Newspaper Society and the Newspaper Publishers Association.
In her letter, the Queen said that the Covid-19 pandemic had demonstrated what an important public service the established news media provides, both nationally and regionally.
“As our world has changed dramatically, having trusted, reliable sources of information, particularly at a time when there are so many sources competing for our attention, is vital,” she said.
“The efforts of the news media to support communities throughout the United Kingdom during the pandemic have been invaluable – whether through fundraising, encouraging volunteering, or providing a lifeline for the elderly and vulnerable to the outside world.
“As you reflect on your achievements this year, and the challenges you have faced, I send my warm good wishes to you all for a most successful and memorable week.”
Pre-pandemic, national and regional newsbrands were read by 48m people a month in the UK, according to research by PAMCo.
Voting for the local and national ‘Making a Difference’ campaigns that are part of Journalism Matters closes at 5pm on Wednesday.