Mersey Community News is operated by NCTJ qualified journalists and trainee journalists. We are all volunteers.
As we have been developing as journalists, we realised numerous stories from the region were not getting the recognition that they deserved.
We wanted to challenge this, so we’re on a mission to create a news outlet which accurately reflects the Merseyside region, builds bridges with the general public and become a force for good in the community.
What counts as “community news”?
When we talk about community journalism, we’re looking at our local community. We cover individual ‘patches’, neighbourhoods and suburbs.
The most important part of community news is delivering local news which impacts local readers. Our main focus is to represent the communities we serve, by reporting on local education, sport, or crime.
We will seldom publish stories about businesses unless there is a direct link to the community.
Does this mean we can write or publish anything we want?
In short…no, not entirely.
We publish and self-regulate our content in accordance with the UK IPSO Code of Practice. You can read more here: https://www.ipso.co.uk/editors-code-of-practice/.
We are committed to fair and ethical reporting. While this does not mean that we avoid stories in the public interest, we will reject content that is invasive or could be construed as hate speech.
It is our job to ensure to the best of our ability that all of the information we publish is accurate to the best of our working knowledge.
Will we make mistakes?
Mistakes can and do happen, for many reasons. When they do happen, we encourage readers to get in contact with us as soon as possible.
We are happy to change any errors or typos. This will be done without quibbles.
Please be advised that, in cases where stories involve an additional source, we have a legal duty to approach them for comment.