This week, jetted out to the sun-scorched city of Nantes, France for the Festival de l'info locale.

For the non-French speakers, the theme of the festival was all-things local news and how organisations can improve their approaches to engaging audiences.

We caught up with Ann-Sophie Novel, freelance journalist and director of the documentary Les Medias Le Monde Et Moi (The Media The World And Me). We discuss how we can repair a news industry broken by the barrage of negative news.

Then, Ben Craske, archive editor, Archant spoke to us about how nostalgic and historic content from as far back as the 1870s can still be relevant today. By digitising their newspaper archives with their Local Recall project, audiences will soon be able to use voice-controlled devices to find relevant content for all their queries.

Save the date: our next social is on Tuesday, 9 July at The Parcel Yard pub near King's Cross. There will be no pitching, presentations or dress codes, just a (very informal) chance to meet and chat with other journos and news industry professionals. See you there!

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