Michael Sheen appeared on The North in Numbers podcast to discuss the importance of local news during the pandemic, including:
- the role local journalism has in interpreting the information provided by central governments and helping people understand how guidance applies in their area
- the importance of having a solid, trusted local news provider in preventing the spread of misinformation and conspiracies
- the lack of support from government for independent local news providers
- how local news has affected national response to the pandemic, including how Michael tried to highlight the issue of lack of PPE in hospitals early on
- communities losing their local ‘social capital’ e.g. libraries, theatres, etc
- the A Writing Chance project.