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April Forum: The Great Central Gazette and the crisis in local journalism

11th April @ 6:00 pm 7:30 pm

The Great Central Gazette: Are co-operatives the answer to the crisis in local journalism?

Black and white drawing to two men at a printing press, 16th century.
German Book Trade in the 16th Century: The Workshop of Printer. Original date assumed 1568, from a 1902 book: H.F. Helmolt, History of the World, Volume VII, Dodd Mead 1902. Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Buchdrucker-1568.png

About the April Forum

This informative Open Research Forum features Rhys Everquill, Managing Editor at the Great Central Gazette, Leicester’s independent newspaper. Rhys will discuss why he helped set up the co-operative, its origins, and the challenges facing local media. During the Forum, we will gain insights into the journey of sustaining an independent newspaper and the role of co-operative journalism in community engagement. This is a great opportunity to learn from Rhys’s experiences and perspectives on the future of media.

The forum will be an in-person event and will be held in Leicester Adult Education College on Belvoir Street, LE2 6QL. Tea and cake will be provided from 6.00pm; the talk will start at 6.15pm.

About the Presenter

Rhys is the Managing Editor at the Great Central Gazette and a freelance journalist. He also teaches journalism and media skills to students at both De Montfort University and University of Leicester. He joined Leicester Vaughan College’s Board of Directors in January 2024.

About the Vaughan Open Research Forum

Vaughan Open Research Forum is series of talks, workshops and interactive sessions which are open to anyone who is curious and wants to find out more.

Themes for sessions relate to our core teaching topics, arts, humanities, social sciences and counselling, and also discuss adult education and co-operative issues.


This is an in-person event but please book in advance to help with the catering. You can book your free ticket here.

April Forum: The Great Central Gazette and the crisis in local journalism

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