IMPRESS Member Caerphilly Observer Wins Second Media Award

IMPRESS founder member Caerphilly Observer has, for the second year running, taken the Independent Community News Service of the Year award at the Wales Media Awards 2016. 

Editor and publisher, Richard Gurner said: “This is testament to the communities we represent and serve, without their contribution and support we are nothing.  Seven years into this project we are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded for the second year running.”

Caerphilly Observer is a founder member of IMPRESS.  Explaining his motivation for joining the new press regulator, Richard Gurner said: “Community news producers like us depend on local support, but at the same time, for us to fully represent our readers we need to know that if a story needs uncovering we can protect our freedom to investigate and write about it. 

“We are pleased to be part of a new regulator, whose aims, like ours, are to promote a more ethical media.”

Richard Gurner set up Caerphilly Observer in 2009 as a web-only publication and launched the print edition in 2013, with funding to support its first four editions from Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Rural Development Programme Partnership.