Life as a Local Democracy Reporter - the stories that need to be told

The Local Democracy Reporting Service launched a year ago this month. Since then, almost 130 Local Democracy Reporters (LDRs) have filed nearly 50,000 stories on important local issues, providing impartial coverage of councils and other public bodies. Coventry LDR Tom Davis talks about the scheme and his role in telling stories that need to be told. 

Council coverage is the bread and butter of this job, but it also one of the most important parts of local...
source: Coventry Telegraph

2019-01-18 16:53
Latest news from Coventry Telegraph
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Latest news from Coventry
today 03:05 Masked gang attempt to steal car in Nuneaton
today 00:59 Recap: Coventry City Under-23s 1 Ipswich Town Under-23s 0 - Sky Blues beat league leaders
today 22:53 Broadstreet edge thriller, Newbold suffer rare loss, Pinley and Kenilworth on title charge
today 22:53 What it means for Coventry City U-23s' play-off chances after beating 'best in the league'
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yesterday 14:29 Boohoo to ban wool following PETA campaign against cruelty to sheep
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yesterday 14:29 Robbery suspect accused of threatening OAPs with knife
yesterday 14:29 Live: Six-vehicle crash closes M6; car hits central barrier on M69
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yesterday 12:23 Householders should sleep easier now this pair are behind bars
yesterday 12:23 Belgrade Theatre gets innovative new app - and here's why
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yesterday 12:23 Coventry City loan star David Stockdale issues message but it's not necessarily goodbye
yesterday 12:23 Gallery: Princess Anne visiting Gamecock Barracks in Nuneaton
yesterday 12:23 New TV show is looking for Coventry's best parents to apply
yesterday 12:23 This dialect test can guess where you're from with freakish accuracy
yesterday 12:23 Update on horror crash that took life of road worker
yesterday 12:23 Look: Man arrested for carrying this terrifying weapon in Coventry
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yesterday 10:17 Lidl introduces 'fun-sized' trolleys for kids to help mums and dads while shopping
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yesterday 10:17 Coventry Comic Con returns for 2019 - who you can see
yesterday 10:17 New junior school admission criteria approved
yesterday 10:17 Further safety fears after second child injured in collision with a car near school
yesterday 10:17 Mystery buyer snaps up this historic building in Nuneaton
yesterday 10:17 Controversial application in councillor’s backyard approved
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yesterday 09:14 Record levels of tenants being evicted by landlords in Coventry
yesterday 09:14 Historic pub saved from flats plan in bizarre fashion
yesterday 05:02 Sean Fitzgerald: Details of funeral released
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