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 Wadsworth on 01273 530 829 or 07748 183 839 firstname.lastname@example.org www.brightonandhovenews.org/contact Twitter: @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.Contact the Newsdesk Map House
Kensington Suite, First Floor
34-36 St. Leonards Road
BN21 3UT email@example.com brightonandhoveindependent.co.uk/contact-us
The Argus is the local daily paper that reaches nearly 120,000 people. 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.
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.
2 – 5 Manchester Street
Brighton BN2 1TF
Online newspaper reporting on charity and social enterprise news stories in the South East.
Send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org . It should be between 200 and 500 words long and contain links to your website. You must also send a photo.www.givingtimes.co.uk 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. 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
Capital FM Brighton
This is a commercial local radio station.www.capitalfm.com/brighton/contact
Radio Reverb is a community radio station, so it is especially for use by local communities.
They also have specific shows for people with shared interests or focussing on particular issues, including a parenting show, an LGBT show, an HIV community show, a refugee show and a show about mental health. Other shows and topics are listed on their website.RadioReverb, Unit 8, Open Market,
Marshalls Row Brighton BN1 4JU. radioreverb.com/contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com radiofreebrighton.org.uk www.facebook.com/radiofreebrighton Twitter:@RadioFBrighton
DAB+ Digital Radio service for Brighton & Hove. They’re based in the city and their aim is to become an integral part of the local community – informing, entertaining and engaging with the people of Brighton & Hove 24 hours a day. They’re particularly keen to partner with local charities and community groups to help raise awareness; publicise events and meetings; promote new campaigns and initiatives; and appeal for new members and volunteers.
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”. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1c26xkfQZXQYMkWVrvcxHDN/contact-us facebook.com/BBCSE Twitter:@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 email@example.com www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/5JbckQ6mkS1wX7vzvG2TD9t/contact-us facebook.com/BBCSouthNews Twitter: @BBCSouthNews
Brighton-based TV channel. Can be watched on Virgin Media channel 159, channel 7 on Freeview or online. They also have a magazine and a website.thelatest.co.uk
01273 687171 facebook.com/thelatestbrighton Twitter: @latestbrighton
Meridian News (ITV)
This is ITV’s news programme for the South East.
News distribution services
Pressat is a news distribution service which provides a free national news distribution service for charities. Register online, and they will circulate your press releases to thousands of journalists and newsdesks.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.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:
Argus local events calendar
Click the Create button at the top of the page to submit your event details
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 To submit an event, send a press release to firstname.lastname@example.org
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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Last updated November 2019 RL