Local media contacts
Media contacts in Brighton and Hove that are useful for community groups.
Newspapers and websites
Brighton and Hove News
This is a local news website which often covers local community stories. The website has over 100,000 visitors per month.Contact Jo on 01273 530 829 email@example.com www.brightonandhovenews.org/contact @bhcitynews www.facebook.com/brightonandhovenews
Brighton and Hove Independent
This is a free weekly newspaper and a website. They also cover quite a few stories about what local groups and organisations are up to. Their paper version is read by around 19,000 people per week.3rd Floor,
The Argus is the local daily paper. They reach nearly 120,000 people. However, they get a lot of information sent to them, so it isn’t always easy to get covered. They will be more likely to cover your story if you send a good photo and an interview with somebody who is involved.
2 – 5 Manchester Street
Brighton BN2 1TF
Newsdesk: 01273 021373
Contact one of their general reporters. If you have luck with one, try to keep them informed of your activities in future, as they may be interested in covering your stories again.
Online newspaper reporting on charity and social enterprise news stories in the South East.www.givingtimes.co.uk Send your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the form on their website. 01273 608455 Unit 24, 6th Floor
New England House
New England Street
It’s Local Actually
It’s Local Actually is a website dedicated to publicising local community activities for residents in Sussex. You can add your activity to the site yourself for free.www.itslocalactually.org.uk
Local community newsletters
If your event or news is relevant to residents of a particular neighbourhood, or a particular interest group, it’s worth finding out whether there is a local community newsletter produced in the area, and contacting the people who publish it. If you don’t live in the local area, you could check community centres, hairdressers, coffee shops or other local businesses to check if such a publication exists. Some newsletters are sent out only to their members so may not be available to the general public. Try doing an internet search.
A good way of letting BBC Sussex know about an upcoming event is to pop in and drop off a flier or poster to their office on Queens Road. You can also write to them by post or email, or call them.BBC Sussex Broadcasting House Queens Road Brighton East Sussex BN1 3XB 01273 320428 email@example.com www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-12835872
Juice FM have an initiative called Spirit of the City which you can use to promote local community events on their website and radio station..
To promote an event, submit details online: http://www.juicebrighton.com/community/
Radio Reverb is a community radio station, so it is especially for use by local communities.www.radioreverb.com/contact-us RadioReverb, Unit 8, Open Market,
Marshalls Row Brighton BN1 4JU.
Radio Free Brighton
This is another local community radio station, run by volunteers. Have a look at their schedule – your activity or event might fit into the theme one of their firstname.lastname@example.org radiofreebrighton.org.uk @RadioFBrighton
It’s quite hard to get community activities featured on television. Unlike local radio stations, local news programmes generally only have 30 minutes airtime a day, so they are very selective. They will only feature things that are very “newsworthy”. So they might occasionally like an unusual good news story about a successful community achievement (e.g. opening a new community garden), but are unlikely to be interested in something which is quite everyday, such as a fundraising event.
If you are running a campaign, you will be much more likely to get on TV if you time an action or event to coincide with something relevant that is already happening and making it into the news.
BBC South East
Covers Brighton & Hove, East Sussex and KentBBC South East Today The Great Hall Mount Pleasant Road Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ 01892 675580 email@example.com http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1c26xkfQZXQYMkWVrvcxHDN/contact-us facebook.com/BBCSouthEastToday @bbcsoutheast
Covers the area from Shoreham across to eastern Dorset and up to Oxfordshire.BBC South Today Broadcasting House Havelock Road Southampton Hampshire SO14 7PU 02380 226201 firstname.lastname@example.org www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/5JbckQ6mkS1wX7vzvG2TD9t/contact-us facebook.com/BBCSouthToday @BBCSouthNews
Brighton-based TV channel. Can be watched on Virgin Media channel 159, channel 7 on Freeview or online.
Meridian News (ITV)
This is ITV’s news programme for the South East.Newsdesk: 0844 8812000
News distribution services
Pressat is a news distribution service which provides free national news distribution service for charities. Register online, and they will circulate your press releases to thousands of journalists and newsdesks.http://www.pressat.co.uk/free-news-distribution-for-charities-and-non-profits/
Relevant Now is a news distribution service which provides free national news distribution service for charities and charitable projects. Register online, and they will circulate your press releases to thousands of journalists and newsdesks.https://www.relevantnow.com/
These are websites and magazines which list upcoming events in Brighton and Hove. There are lots of them – the best way to find them is to type “Brighton Hove listings” into a search engine.
Here are a few:
What’s on in Brightonwhatson.brighton.co.uk
You can submit your event details using a form on their website.
You can submit your event details using a form on their website. You must include an image, or they won’t list it.
We Love Brightonwww.welovebrighton.com/contribute/ To submit an event, send a press release to email@example.com
Community Works Events Calendar
Community Works have a calendar on their website where you can publicise upcoming community events.bhcommunityworks.org.uk/community-events/ 01273 234023
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