‘We value con­nec­tion with com­mu­nity’

Evening Express (City Final) - - News - BY CRAIG WALKER EVENING EX­PRESS ED­I­TOR

EV­ERY time you pick up a copy of the Evening Ex­press, you are mak­ing an in­vest­ment in the lo­cal re­port­ing and cam­paign­ing jour­nal­ism that sits at the heart of what we do, and in which we take pride. We don’t take your sup­port for granted and we try to main­tain the high stan­dards of jour­nal­ism and trust that you have come to ex­pect from us. How­ever, we are fac­ing bat­tles against a chang­ing me­dia land­scape with the rise of un­reg­u­lated so­cial me­dia, in­creas­ing costs of pa­per, ink and trans­port in re­cent years, and fierce com­pe­ti­tion for ad­ver­tis­ing from less lo­cally-fo­cused in­ter­net ri­vals. The per­sonal con­nec­tion we have with our com­mu­ni­ties is some­thing we value and we be­lieve that it is val­ued by our read­ers. Our chal­lenge is to en­sure that the ed­i­to­rial qual­ity and pro­duc­tion val­ues are up­held. To en­sure we meet this chal­lenge we will be in­creas­ing the price of the Evening Ex­press to 80p. I un­der­stand that rais­ing the price will not be pop­u­lar but it will en­able us to con­tinue to pro­duce our unique blend of lo­cal, re­gional and na­tional news, sport and fea­tures. We know that we re­main, for many, the first and only port of call when it comes to lo­cal com­mu­nity news, and we pro­vide a plat­form for is­sues and voices that may oth­er­wise go un­heard. We hope you con­tinue to en­joy the Evening Ex­press in the year ahead and we wish our read­ers a happy and healthy 2019.

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