We are here to inform and stand up for our readers
THIS week is Local Newspaper Week. It is a celebration of titles like the Middleton Guardian.
The event is to show to everyone across the country the importance of having a locally-accountable, vibrant and dynamic local media. Of course, your Guardian is not just about the newspaper – we have a big online presence and it’s growing fast.
As well as keeping you informed of what’s going on in this great town and region, our other passion is fighting your corner.
We stand up for what you tell us is important in your lives. We right the wrongs. We campaign. We investigate. We’re here to make a difference.
In this fast-changing globalised world, the Guardian aims to be the constant in your busy lives, rooted in your communities.
We go back a long way together – to 1877 in fact. The Guardian has helped generations by keeping them informed, entertained and in the forefront of the minds of those in power. It may be a digital world now, but all that still holds true. On Friday, it is the Society of Editors Regional Press Awards and we are proud that our parent company M.E.N. Media is leading the way with a clutch of nominations.
A rigorous framework of regulation ensures you can trust what you read in the Guardian:
WE operate under The Editors’ Code of Practice, enforced by the Independent Press Standards Organisation. It covers a wide range of standards, including accuracy, the protection of children, privacy, harassment and public interest
WE are subject to laws, including libel and contempt of court
ALL our journalists are fully trained in all aspects of the profession – including the right of reply. The editors’ code and ethics underpin all they do
BEFORE we publish a word – online or in print – articles go through a rigorous checking process
WE live in the communities we serve and deal with the same people time and again. We would be nothing without their trust
WE are fair, accurate and impartial – we have no axe to grind. We are here to inform, investigate and to entertain
M.E.N. Media Editor in Chief Rob Irvine said: “We are passionate about making a difference to the lives of the people in Greater Manchester by informing, entertaining and – most importantly of all – standing up for them.
“We’ll ask questions when people in authority would rather we didn’t; we’ll carry on digging when others may give up.
“M.E.N. Media has a track record of investigative journalism which goes back into history and it is our duty to keep that torch burning.
“We may not get everything right and we will hold our hands up if that’s the case. But we believe the people of Greater Manchester know we will always take their side.”
Craig Nayman, chairman of Local Media Works, which is running Local Newspaper Week, said: “By holding authority to account on events that might otherwise remain hidden, local journalism helps shape the communities for the better and Local Newspaper Week is a celebration of that important democratic function.”
In recent times the Middleton Guardian has exten- sively covered the scandal at Ashbourne House Nursing Home, which resulted in two care workers being jailed for tormenting vulnerable elderly dementia patients, and the investigation into failings in maternity services at Pennine Acute NHS Trust hospitals, including North Manchester General.
We have supported the campaigns to save Middleton Walk-in Centre from closure and prevent the closure of the front counter at Middleton Police Station.
Our reporters have high- lighted a number of issues important to people in the community, such as the closure or reduction of a number of bus services in the area, taxi drivers being terrorised by gangs of yobs and plans to give local councillors a 34 per cent pay rise.