Local newspaper, the Tameside Reporter is re-launching this week (Thursday 25 October) with a new look and a stronger focus on the community. The title, which has brought independent journalism to communities since 1855, returns from a short break with a revamped version of the paper.
It hopes its new image and improved community journalism will attract new readers as well as continuing to be loved by its loyal fans.The Glossop Chronicle, partner paper to the Tameside Reporter, will also re-launch on the same day.
The new Tameside Reporter will have a total circulation of 25,000 copies, 15,000 of which will be delivered free to homes across nine towns in Tameside.
It will also be available to buy at a cost of 45p from local newsagents with a small amount for free pick-up in markets and Tameside Council buildings.
Owners of the paper, The Reporter and Chronicle Newspapers Ltd were forced to find a new buyer after struggling to generate enough income through advertising due to the economic climate and increased competition.
With support from housing association New Charter, the paper has now secured its future in the community with a new image and a new business model to help it support itself through advertising sales, like any other newspaper.
The paper will remain entirely independent with its own editorial team producing the community news that has been loved by so many people for years.
It is a time of growth for the paper too as it looks to recruit two trainee reporters. Editor Nigel Skinner is pleased to announce the re-launch and explains why it is an exciting time for the paper: “The Tameside Reporter has a long and proud tradition and I was very keen to see that continue long enough so the paper could celebrate its upcoming 160th anniversary in a few years’ time.
"The paper is, and always will be, a community focused venture dedicated to providing independent journalism to Tameside residents and our re-launch is all about re-enforcing that message as well as improving the content of the paper.
“Financially, the paper will continue to support itself with improved advertising opportunities and editorially we have full control of what goes in the paper.
“It’s been a long while since we’ve been in a position to take on new people too so we’re really looking forward to being able to train aspiring reporters.”
New Charter’s chief executive, Ian Munro added: “We strongly believe that there’s a need for independent community journalism and we have helped to secure a future for the paper to keep that going while saving an important part of local history.
“We’re investing in homes with improvement works and new builds and our involvement with the paper is about using our resources to provide communities with opportunities and not just great homes to live in.
“This is a very small scale investment for us that will have many benefits for local people and the economy and we’re pleased to be able to support the paper.”