Press Gazette subscribers and members of the NUJ benefit from a 50 per cent discount on attending a one-day conference on 14 May which will be an essential event for anyone who is passionate about local news.
For everyone else there is a 20 per cent discount if they register before 1 April for Local Heroes 2010 (full price £100 which includes lunch and refreshments).
There is an amazing line-up of speakers already confirmed, with more likely to be announced nearer the event.
Local Heroes 2010 takes place at Kingston University on 14 May.
The regional newspaper business has taken a terrible kicking in the last couple of years. Thousands of jobs have been cut, circulations have been plunging and pay remains on the whole pretty low.
But this conference aims to show that there is still plenty of exciting stuff going on in UK regional news: from journalist turned entrepreneur David Parkin and TheBusinessDesk.com to Tyrone Times editor David Rankin, one of the local weekly editors who has managed to put on sales.
I’d argue that regional news remains the most worthwhile and best fun place to be a journalist. And this conference aims to show that this sort of journalism has a great future.