The aim of the partnership, is to invest in the local news media, increase coverage of public services and institutions and use the expertise of both the BBC and the local news sector for the benefit for all audiences.
The Local News Partnership (LNP) is an agreement between the BBC and the regional news industry to provide a commitment to full and fair reporting of decisions taken by local authorities and other public bodies across the UK.
Through a joint working agreement between the BBC and the News Media Association, the partnership will create 150 new journalism jobs, establish a shared data journalism unit and offer the regional media access to BBC news video and audio material.
In addition to increased and improved reporting on decisions taken by public bodies, the LNP will ensure expertise is shared around the industry.
In detail, the LNP includes:
A News Hub giving external media organisations access to BBC video and audio material for use online.
A Shared Data Unit - staffed by the BBC alongside reporters on secondment from local news providers - that will share data journalism with news organisations across the media industry.
The employment of Local Democracy Reporters, who will cover councils and other public services on behalf of the BBC and local news organisations. There will eventually be 150 of these reporters, funded by the BBC and based in the offices of regional news organisations across the UK.
More than 50 media organisations representing more than 600 print, online or broadcast news titles have already signed up to Section One of the partnership to receive content generated through the News Hub, Shared Data Unit and Local Democracy Reporters.
The LNP will shortly be inviting further applications for Section One partners, as well as seeking applications for Section Two partners - those organisations who will employ one or more of the Local Democracy Reporters.