The local press’ role is to hold council to account.
Council reporting includes:
- Attending council meetings
- Investigating through FOI (freedom of information) requests
- Democracy sites (my society) to find issues
- Local people’s campaigns and complaints
- Press releases, from council and political parties
As a reporter, it is important to dig deep for the truth on what the council are actually doing. Information from sources such as press releases are likely to hide the issues they face.