Victoria Prest

Local Democracy Reporting Service BBC

Victoria Prest is a local government specialist who spent the first eight years of her journalism career on local newspapers in the north of England. She was among the initial intake of journalists on the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) in early 2018 – a BBC funded news wire created to plug the gap in the reporting of local democracy issues in the UK. She joined the BBC later that year and now works to promote the work of Local Democracy Reporters within the BBC, and to find trends in the coverage that can be developed into stories of national interest. The LDRS is one of three strands that make up the BBC’s Local News Partnerships – a collaboration between the BBC and the UK regional news industry that aims to support public service reporting, sustain local democracy and improve standards in journalism. The service employs 136 reporters – working towards an eventual allocation of 150 - who cover local councils and other public services on behalf of the BBC and other news organisations.

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