Stellar scoops, stories and sources. Senior women journalists discuss how regional journalism can thrive – and what they have learnt from covering COVID.

The pandemic turned the spotlight on regional journalism in a way like never before.

Local news truly came into its own over the last year as it helped people make sense of the local implications from the global unfolding crisis.

But what can regional journalism take from the Covid crisis into the future?

Our panel will look at the lessons local newsrooms have learned from the last year and what they need to do to ensure it continues to survive and thrive for generations to come.

When : June 29 : Where: Zoom : Time 1800 – 19.00  FREE  to attend Register HERE 

Chaired by Laura Collins, WiJ committee member and editor,  Yorkshire Evening Post

Panel includes:

* Maria Breslin, editor, Liverpool Echo

* Lydia Hamilton, programme editor, ITV Border

* Eliz Mizon is a freelance writer focusing on media, culture, politics and society. She writes reports and features for The Bristol Cable, and is the newest member of the Public Benefit Journalism Research Centre. She also has a newsletter about the media industry called Chompsky: Power and Pop Culture

Abigail Rabbett, currently audience editor for Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, and recently appointed to edit Reach’s Norfolk Live and Suffolk Live sites which are set to launch later this summer.

* Joy Yates, Regional Director for the North East, JPIMedia.


For more than 150 years, the Journalists’ Charity has provided nationwide help and assistance to journalists struggling through tough times. After one of the most challenging years in history, the charity stands ready to do more, providing essential support to journalists of all ages and backgrounds.

If you would like to know more about how the Journalists’ Charity can help you or your colleagues, please sign up  HERE.