Wednesday February 26, 2020

'The importance of a vibrant local media cannot be underestimated'

The implications of the decline in local print news were laid bare in the wake of the Grenfell Tower block inferno, writes James McNamara

9th July, 2017

In 1997, as I was heading out on my first ‘doorstep’, the news editor pulled me aside. “Is this your first?” he asked. I nodded. He told me the following story.

Years before on a local paper, he had been sent to the family home of a police officer who had drowned rescuing a couple from the sea off the coast of Blackpool in Lancashire.

He arrived to find the property crowded...

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