TODAY marks the start of Local Newspaper Week – and even the Queen has spoken up for the regional press.
The nation has much to celebrate with the Diamond Jubilee and London 2012 Olympics.
The Examiner remains at the heart of our local communities and this year we have proved that commitment with our 16-page Neighbourhood News supplement which is inside your Examiner every Tuesday, taking news right down to grassroots level.
Now 33 million people in Britain read a local newspaper in print each week and 42 million unique users log on to a local newspaper website every month.
This growing digital audience, which increased by 40% over the last two years, has allowed local newspapers to reach more people than ever before.
The Queen said: “Local and regional newspapers are a fundamental part of the fabric of our communities and we should celebrate the important contribution they make to highlighting the issues and achievements of their particular area.
“Through their reporting, local newspapers such as The Huddersfield Daily Examiner act as a voice for their readers and a focus for all.”
Lord Coe said: “Although the Olympic Games can only be awarded to one city every local newspaper can have its own story to tell connecting their readers to what is being trumpeted as this year’s biggest global story happening right here in the UK.
“When we bid for these games a decade ago we promised to make them UK wide and it is our local media, particularly local newspapers, that are helping us do this.
“They are carrying the stories of the thousands of businesses who have benefited from the games, the millions of people who are helping to stage them – from volunteers to performers, the thousands of athletes and coaches preparing to participate in them and the 57 million people across the UK who are just 10 miles away from the Olympic flame as it travels around the UK. These stories are brought to life in local papers up and down the country.”
Former Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies MBE, added: “Local newspapers are fantastic at promoting grassroots sports and bringing new sporting talent to the public’s attention.”