It’s good to talk - News editor hits the road...

John Cass from Stamshaw, left, talks to Mark Waldron, the editor of The News. Picture: Sarah Standing (150366-9278)
John Cass from Stamshaw, left, talks to Mark Waldron, the editor of The News. Picture: Sarah Standing (150366-9278)
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THERE was plenty to talk about as the latest series of our Readers’ Roadshows started in Portsmouth.

The News editor Mark Waldron stopped off at Cascades Shopping Centre for more than two hours to talk to people about their local paper.

There was plenty of good news for Mark yesterday as readers talked about how much they relied on The News to keep them up-to-date with everything happening in their communities.

But there was also much food for thought as topics ranged from the size of adverts, errors in the paper, the letters pages, the coverage of the city council, court reporting, the coverage of news from outside the city and much more besides.

This week’s 5p price rise also sparked debate with some readers.

‘It was a really busy, interesting and fun session,’ said Mark. ‘It’s always pleasing to hear people tell you why they love reading The News but it is also very helpful to hear people’s suggestions on how we could improve our coverage to ensure we remain relevant to our readers and ensure, even with this week’s price rise, we provide excellent value for money.’

He added: ‘There’s nothing better than getting out of the office and talking to our valued readers and it is great that they are never shy in coming forward in offering their opinions on what they want from their paper.’

Among those popping along for a chat was John Cass, of Twyford Avenue, who wanted to ensure The News ‘kept on digging’ when it came to covering council stories and was particularly interested in us looking at the traffic issues in his area as the development of Tipner steps up.

Margaret James said she had been reading the paper for 51 years and missed it while she was away visiting her daughter in Australia.

While Dawn Foster loved our community news pages, especially as we had recently featured an article she had written about Heartlands Community Voice.

The Readers’ Roadshows continue all this week from 10am to midday at:

- Today: Meridian Shopping Centre, Havant

- Tomorrow: Discovery Centre, Gosport

- Friday: Fareham Shopping Centre

Alternatively, if you cannot make the roadshows, Mark will be taking calls today from 5pm to 6.30pm on (023) 9262 2102.