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The North in Numbers podcast

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.