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The first step in putting together a news story is developing a brief: see our community journalism course materials on news writing.

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Recent stories
Exeter City Futures Blueprint for a Carbon Neutral Exeter by 2030 graphic

Opinion  /  Climate & environment

Is Exeter finally responding to the climate emergency?

A surge of activity about action to combat climate change is taking place in Exeter, including the publication of a carbon neutral blueprint pending a "mobilisation summit", but detail and evidence is still missing and community engagement is falling short of debate.

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Exeter Youth Strike 4 Climate banners on Western Way footbridge

News  /  Climate & environment

Exeter climate strike anniversary march brings junction to standstill

Protestors form human chain around County Hall to highlight Devon County Council's role as key regional climate policy decision-maker after Exeter City Council confiscates banners promoting carbon neutral blueprint policies.

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Exeter Paris Street construction site on which Roman remains were found

Analysis  /  Planning & place

Echoes of Exeter's Roman past reveal risks to city's future vision

The unexpected discovery of Roman remains on Exeter's bus station redevelopment site suggests significant risks may also exist for the adjacent Citypoint regeneration scheme.

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Jubilee Beauty - Exeter Central library chidren's area rocking horse

News  /  Community & society

Exeter library children's horse to keep on rocking!

A crowdfunding appeal has successfully raised £1000 to repair Exeter Central library's popular rocking horse, Jubilee Beauty.

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Exeter net zero carbon housing pilot project in Chestnut Avenue in Wonford

Analysis  /  Planning & place

Exeter net zero housing revolution takes root in Chestnut Avenue

Exeter City Council is taking exploratory steps from talking about a zero carbon future to delivering one with a pilot housing project in Wonford.

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