The hashtag #trustednewsday was trending yesterday as The Gazette joined hundreds of local newspaper titles and media organisations in opening their newsrooms.
Here in Blackpool, journalists took to social media to tweet about their day and we produced a video to illustrate a day in the life of the newsroom.
It gave people a chance to see how we check every rumour
Online you could take a test to see if you could sift fake news from real and we showcased the Gazette’s newspaper evolution.
Content Editor Simon Drury and reporter Rob Stocks took to Facebook for a live chat about how we gather and write the news, plus answered questions about how we manage issues of accuracy within our pages and online, as well as countering fake news with the genuine article.
The video is still available on Facebook to watch back.
Reporters tweeted throughout the day about their work, explaining how they track down stories, check them out and then upload them online at the website and onto social platforms.
A breaking news story about the cyber crime attack on the NHS gave reporter Michael Holmes the opportunity to show in detail how a first tip about a story comes into the newsroom and then is followed up with the appropriate organisations.
Michael was one of the first journalists to break what becaome a national story on the day.
Editor Gillian Parkinson said: “The Trusted News Day was hugely successful right across the county with thousands of local newspaper journalists offering people an insight into their jobs and the hastag #trustednewsday was trending for much of the day.
“It also gave people the chance to see how we put a newspaper together as well as explaining how we check every rumour before putting it out to the public either in print or online.”
Next week Local Newspaper Week will be taking place, which will see the public invited to vote for their favourite local newspaper campaign.