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Star and Telegraph woes

A few days ago the media was buzzing with news that staff at Sheffield’s two main newspapers, the Star and the Telegraph, had voted to strike.

The proposed industrial action is about new computer systems that parent company Johnson Press wants and the company’s decision to relocate staff in Sunderland to Sheffield must be causing tensions too.

There are often rumours about a “management buyout” on these local titles but those have so far come to nought. News that newspapers are struggling badly right across the world probably means such an option, if at all possible, will be on the back-burner anyway. The two newspapers, in one form or another, have provided local news coverage for over 155 years and signals of strife within their ranks are not welcome.

North West Sheffield News Online hopes the Star and Telegraph newspapers do survive and thrive. We never lift stories from either publication to recycle as our own, and so in no way are we “competition” for either title (not least as we don’t have the resources required). Indeed, the purpose of our site is mainly to gather and report news not readily covered elsewhere in mainstream media.

But it is true that we hear complaints that the online versions of both the Star and the Telegraph are not updated as efficiently as once they were and that news content generally seems to be suffering. For this reason, it may be that NWS News Online will stop highlighting their story headlines in our side-bar. Here’s hoping that won’t be necessary.

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May 6th General Election and NWS News

PM Gordon Brown finally announced what those of us with at least a few brain cells knew already: The General Election takes place May 6th … And North West Sheffield News has already started interviewing the candidates.

The announcement came today and here is a BBC News report.

How did we know the date before it was announced? Well, given the local elections were set for May 6th … and the disruption they usually cause to schools, libraries, etc, … and knowing that people can hardly be bothered to get out and vote once in four or five years, let alone twice in the space of a month (had the General Election been called for either April or June – the only other months realistically available).

Readers will be no doubt be bombarded with standard political reporting and spin from elsewhere over the next month, and so North West Sheffield News will continue to gather participants for our “Who We Are” series and chase respondents to our “Quizzing the Politicians” initiative as part of our – hopefully refreshing – contribution. But suggestions and contributions would of course be welcome!!!

Here is what North West Sheffield News has produced so far in the run up to #GE2010. Continue reading

Hyperlocal news

The widely respected Sheffield Blog gave North West Sheffield News a lovely mini-review* today.

Hyperlocal news sites – like Sheffield Blog, NWS News, Lichfield Blog, Saddleworth News and many others – highlight issues affecting pretty localised geographical areas. And new examples are springing up with increasing frequency.

The diversity of ideas and information on offer in every community encourages small local blogs to seek a more personal degree of contact than that enjoyed by traditional media (e.g., newspapers). Everyday life experiences provides veins of interest that are richer than any amount of force-fed celebrity tattle.

Indeed, it is being part of “community” that is crucial to hyperlocal “success” – something that even politicians and local authorities are aware of these days.

So don’t hesitate to leave comments or story suggestions now and again on any blog you may happen to read. After all, connecting with each other is what it’s all about.

*Thanks Sheffield Blog. 😎

NWS News on BBC radio this Tuesday

BBC Radio Sheffield’s Rony Robinson interviews NWS News Publishing Editor Russell Cavanagh live at 2.15pm on Tuesday 2nd March.

Russell will talk about who he is and discuss his professional life, including hyperlocal blogging activities at NWS News Online.

Click for Radio Sheffield

North West Sheffield News Blog!

This is the first posting on the North West Sheffield News Blog.

It’s January 2nd 2010 and the global economy is still in uncertain. So why start a news blog?

Well, national and local newspapers are struggling right now as advertisers reduce their marketing spending on print publications. Local communities – witness closed and derelict shops along many of Sheffield’s arterial roads – are feeling the pinch.

So perhaps now is a good time to encourage local businesses to get promoted and local news reported on a site dedicated to the North West Sheffield area.

My name is Russell Cavanagh. As a qualified photographer and seasoned journalist with considerable marketing experience, I’ll be looking for interesting articles about what’s going on in North West Sheffield. These will be stories from the community, wider issues affecting the area, and items reflecting what local businesses have to offer. Links to useful information will also be included.

Outside contributions will be welcome! These can be in the form of messages left via the “contact” page – that will be edited into a suitable format – or appear as comments left by viewers and readers against each story posted. All material will be edited and moderated so that nothing offensive slips past and to ensure a consistently high quality of content – though a variety of opinions will no doubt appear! Suggestions for improving the site are also welcome!

I’ll be working as reporter and editor for this site whilst developing and marketing its presence on the web. So a lot of my own time and money will go into it. And although donations from readers and modest revenue from business advertisers will be welcome, it will remain free to view.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Here’s our first picture – Rivelin Valley today at noon today:

Seasonal start to 2010!