Journalists ‘add impact’ to charity’s annual report

Community Service Volunteers (CSV) is promoting the fact that its latest annual report was part-produced by journalists on a pro bono basis.

The report, released this week, details a 20 per cent year-on-year increase in the number of UK volunteers to just under 200,000. It also reveals a 13 per cent increase in the charity's turnover to £43.6m.

CSV head of press Jason Tanner said the fact that sections of the report were written by journalists would give it greater media impact and credibility.

Contributors include The Observer home news correspondent Anushka Asthana and The Times social affairs correspondent Alexander Frean. All contributors are being encouraged to reuse research they used for the report in their own articles.

CSV is publicising their involvement on a volunteer basis as evidence of the services that media professionals can offer for free.

'The fact that sections are written by respected writers makes the annual report much more readable,' said Tanner.

The CSV press team offered journalists the chance to contribute to the report on subjects of their choice. Frean wrote a section about CSV's child protection project, while Asthana covered prisoners who do volunteer work prior to release.

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