Mersey Community News has one simple mission: to tell the untold stories of our community.
Who are we?
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.
Does that mean we can write or publish whatever we want?
In short… no, not exactly.
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. We also respond to constructive criticism on our work, to shape and train us as journalists.
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?
Hopefully not. But mistakes can and do happen. We strongly encourage readers to contact us in the first instance, if this is the case.
We are happy to make adjustments to the piece, and any errors or typos will be swiftly corrected.
Please be advised that, in stories with legal implications and/or the potential for libel, all journalists have a legal duties to approach all parties for comment.