Why Community News Matters
So are local newspapers really going to be a thing of the past in the next 10 years?
Personally, I think not. So much has been said and written about the demise of the local press. Jobs slashed over the years and many now running on very few staff, and I mean very few.
Yet there is still demand for local news, albeit some of that is now online.
You only have to look at our local sites such as the Hastings Observer and The Argus, which is daily. It has to be online first. People want to know what is happening and they want to know it now.
They want to use their phone, laptop or tablet to access the news.
That doesn't automatically mean the printed version is dying. The fact is there are still people, admittedly less than before, who will still buy a local newspaper.
I spent six months building up The Voice in Eastbourne, free and monthly, and the 10,000 copies were all picked up quickly. I knew there was a demand.