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Minister Rowland Discusses Community News at LINA Summit

By Bev Jordan

Michelle Rowland, Minister for Communications attended the Local & Independent News Association (LINA) Summit during the week to talk about the Government’s priorities for community news.

She spoke to members including Diana Paton publisher of the Hills to Hawkesbury Community News Dooral Roundup and Galston, Glenorie & Hills Rural Community News

LINA is an industry association supporting hyperlocal and independent digital news publishers to deliver high-quality public interest news services.

LINA members are locally owned and controlled new publishers, creating news content by and for a defined community. Since inviting members in September 2022, LINA has welcomed 46 publishers to the group, producing 74 mastheads in all States and Territories.

Bev Jordan

Bev Jordan studied journalism at Harlow College in the UK.  She achieves a Diploma in Journalism from the National Council for the Training of Journalists. After migrating to Australia at the end of 1984, she took up a Senior Journalist position with Cumberland Newspapers, based on the Parramatta Advertiser. She has since worked on the Daily Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald and was a lecturer in Journalism at Macleay College in Sydney. Bev returned to Cumberland Newspapers (NewsLocal) and worked for 30 years covering all different mastheads, including Mosman Daily, Mount Druitt Standard and finally Hills Shire Times for the last 17 of those years. Bev’s passion has always been local community journalism.  She says “As a journalist, I have always seen it as my job to inform, inspire and involve.  I am a passionate advocate for organisations and people making a difference to the world around them. Connectedness is so important to the health of an individual but also to a community, no matter how small or large.

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