AS WE head closer to making changes to your favourite newspaper I’m looking forward to marking the occasion – by giving money away.
To celebrate the relaunch of The News I am inviting readers to come and find out more about the improvements we are carrying out at a series of events around the patch.
It’s also a good opportunity to get some initial feedback and find out even more about what you would like from your News.
As part of these events I will be handing out hundreds of envelopes which may contain £5 in cash, lottery scratchcards or other prizes to anyone buying the paper.
I would be happy to see as many people as possible at the following times and places.
Wednesday October 10: Cascades Centre, Portsmouth, 10am to noon
Wednesday October 10: Meridian Centre, Havant, 2pm to 4pm
Thursday October 11: The News Office, Gosport High Street, 10am to noon
Thursday October 11: Fareham Shopping Centre, 2pm to 4pm
Friday October 12: Asda, Portland Road, Waterlooville, 10am to noon
A lot of hard work has gone in to making the changes to ensure The News is as relevant, informative and interesting to readers as it was when it was launched 135 years ago.
The changes are based on two major pieces of reader research which looked at what you want from The News, what you think we should be covering, what we do well and what we could improve.
The great news for all of us working on the paper is the high regard you already have for the quality of The News.
But, of course, there is always room for improvement and so we are taking your thoughts on board.
So come and see me next week and let me know what you think. You may find yourself a fiver better off!
Remember The News is All About You. So please let me know your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org or by post at The Editor, The News, The News Centre, Hilsea, Portsmouth PO2 9SX.
New district editions as The News changes
OUR commitment to reporting on local news will be stepped up next week – with the launch of new editions of The News.
From Wednesday we will move from producing three daily editions to four – with Fareham and Gosport being split in two to have papers more focused on providing news and sport from each of these towns and its surrounding communities.
These two editions will run along the current Portsmouth and Havant&Waterlooville editions.
We know at the end of the day you want good old-fashioned news and views which is local to you.
So our focus has been to look at ways we can bring more stories, pictures and sport from the communities where you live.
If you have any news, snippets of information to share, events that need publicising or any thing else which we agree is newsworthy and worth sharing with other readers make sure you let us know.
The simplest way to join our team of community contacts is to email The News office closest to where you live:
Alternatively, pop in to your local office or call us. The News Centre number is 023 92664488, Gosport office is 023 92510610, Fareham office is 01329 822528 and Havant office is 023 92492444.
THE News is going to give you the opportunity to put your feet up and enjoy the best possible read of the weekend – with the launch of a new magazine.
From next Saturday we will be bumping up the paper every week with a 40-page Weekend magazine.
It will carry a wide range of lifestyle features on subjects ranging from food and drink to homes and gardens, fashion and travel.
There will be more pages of nostalgia and puzzles, new columnists alongside old favourites and will incorporate our current seven-day television guide.
All this will be wrapped in the Weekend edition of the newspaper containing your usual mix of the best local news, sports and information.
The Weekend sees the return of a proper magazine to Saturday’s News since we stopped producing the Weekender.
From the feedback we received at the time we realised this move was not popular.
So we have taken the decision to bring a quality magazine back to add value to your favourite local newspaper.
National newspapers have successfully carried wider lifestyle and entertainments content on a Saturday for some time.
It is our intention to offer the same service – but, more importantly, with content that is more relevant to our loyal readers.
And, as the majority of national newspapers do, to help fund this we will be pricing Saturday’s News from October 13 differently from the rest of the week – at 75p.
We need to maintain our high standards and provide a quality and comprehensive paper.
To do that we must charge what we think is a fair price for the additional value of a great weekend read for all our readers.