While Facebook, Twitter and blogs like Seaton Matters are good ways of spreading local news, nothing can replace professional journalism. The Axe valley suffered badly when the View From papers stopped publishing, but there have been two positive developments in local media this year.
First, the online Seaton Nub News was set up, providing regular coverage of the local area. Second, the Midweek Herald and its sister-titles have been seriously revamped with new community editors, including opening up its pages to Independent councillors like Claire Wright and EDDC leader Paul Arnott, who represents Colyton.
I’ve been delighted to write a column for Seaton Nub News over recent months – here’s my last one – and I’m now also writing every month for the Midweek Herald. It’s seems that my column is only available in the print edition, but you can view this via their website by clicking on ‘E-Edition’ – my first piece was in the 11th November issue.
Seaton Nub News has now developed a partnership with the Co-op including a ‘Community Chat’ page where you can post local activities. All power to the elbows of both local titles!