I was interested to read this piece (see link below) in The Post, Liverpool’s new(ish) online newspaper, which I’ve found very interesting:-
My response to Reach and the Liverpool Echo.
I do still visit your Liverpool Echo website from time to time but to be honest, your concentration on crime is really depressing. I want to read interesting, well-researched articles about the Liverpool City Region and some good investigative journalism digging into the dark corners of councils, companies and organisations who would rather such reporting was not happening.
I appreciate that your business model has been turned upside down because of online news and let’s face it who under the age of 65 buys a newspaper these days. A friend of mine who died quite recently was a journalist for local newspapers and he knew the community where I live very well. He immersed himself in the community getting to know all kinds of people and those who represented them. Yes, he was an old fashioned reporter but when he passed away our communities in the East Parishes of Sefton Borough lost a great deal.
I think it fair to say that news reporting (like policing) is done remotely these days and, like the police, reporters are not on the ground where things are happening and they’re not picking up important intelligence/stories. Indeed, this leads to superficial reporting without the depth to it that we all used to enjoy.
Frankly, I have seen the emergence of The Post as a very positive thing that may to some extent help us turn back the clocks with regard to reporting on local/sub-regional matters, if only to some extent.
Please don’t be opposed to what The Post is doing but find ways to work with it. If the reaction of Reach is as described above it sadly reminds me of how the Labour Party reacts to other progressive parties i.e. wanting to crush them. Progressive and open journalism should be a positive thing that makes those with power at any level and in any organisation keep an eye over their shoulder for fear of their not being seen to be doing things for the benefit of our communities and indeed wider society.