Hyperlocal news…alive and well

AS many of you will know, I am the editor of Leys News. This is a not for profit community newspaper that is produced by a team of professionals and volunteers. The paper serves the Greater Leys and Blackbird Leys areas of Oxford and is an important part of the community there.

Leys News has recently celebrated its 100th edition and has proved to be such a success that we now produce a total of five community newspapers for the city of Oxford. Our community interest company has grown so much that we are now called Oxford Community Media and are currently working with groups in Berkshire and Wiltshire who are also keen to start their own community newspapers.

At a time when online publishing is the accepted way to deliver and digest our daily dose of news, I think it is incredible that our printed newspapers are more popular than ever. Our business model is being hailed as a success across Oxford and beyond and while I enjoy catching up with the news online, and enjoy Twitter and updating this blog, it is encouraging to know that in certain communities printed newspapers are still the best and most effective way to engage with people and bring diverse communities together.

We offer a dynamic training package for groups who are keen to get involved and can launch a community newspaper in as little as six-eight weeks. 

For more information visit http://www.leysnews.co.uk


Published by Sarah Adams

I am the author of The Life Edit, an eight step personal development coaching programme that harnesses the power of journalling and writing to help people make transformational changes to their lives. I am also journalist and writer who has worked for newspapers, magazines, TV and online for the last 35 years, and an accredited personal development practitioner. I have written books, appeared on TV and radio and have worked in the world of corporate communications as a senior manager. I launched and ran The Community Media Group for ten years-this is a social enterprise that exists to produce professional, community newspapers in socially challenging areas as well as providing free training.

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