We are here to in­form and stand up for our read­ers

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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.

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