From today, your new free weekly paper, produced by Bailiwick Express, will be delivered to every island household by Guernsey Post.
Containing stories, features, commentary and analysis written by Express’s team of journalists, the newspaper will keep islanders up-to-date with local news, sport and business. There will also be motoring, arts, health and lifestyle sections, as well as opportunities for islanders to look for homes or jobs.
The paper will be delivered to all residential addresses in the island, with no cost at all to our readers.
We will be pausing deliveries for two weeks after the first edition, in order to listen to further responses from readers on the content, and to allow anyone who chooses not to receive it, to opt-out.
You can do this by e-mailing us with your name and address on firstname.lastname@example.org, or message us on Facebook, or call Guernsey Post directly on 711720, or e-mail Guernsey Post on email@example.com.
Pictured: Guernsey Post will be delivering the new free weekly paper from Express, on either Thursday or Friday.
With a local circulation of 26,000 copies, Bailiwick Express will be creating an extensive platform to communicate in print with islanders. To do that, Express has recruited a team of local journalists, sales and production staff to produce the weekly paper, which will be printed on high-quality recyclable paper, with excellent colour reproduction.
Since announcing our plans, the first question most people have asked us is why we are launching a new newspaper, at a time when the print media nationally is suffering very well-documented circulation problems? And what about the impact on the environment?
Firstly, our weekly publication is being printed on recycled paper, and can itself be easily recycled, by putting it into your clear bag.
Secondly, we believe very deeply in trusted local journalism being a force for good in our society. And that’s why our plan for the content of this newspaper is NOT to summarise, or recap on, what you have already seen in the week’s news.
Bailiwick Express Guernsey Editor Laura Clayton says;
"We have specifically invested in a team of local journalists to write fresh investigations, analysis pieces, commentary, and in-depth interviews to help our audience put the daily news in context; the format of a weekly newspaper really lends itself to that style of content, not least because it can be returned to easily over the course of each week.
"We will be covering local news, business, sport, arts, food, travel, lifestyle, heritage, health and motoring, as well as having a family notices section for updates on local births, deaths and marriages.
"If you have something to tell us, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org"
Pictured: Senior Reporter Stephen King, and Editor Laura Clayton, of Bailiwick Express Guernsey.
Starting with a daily news and classifieds website, and then moving into a free weekly printed newspaper delivered to every residential address, is certainly a first for the media in the Channel Islands - and we haven’t yet found any examples of the same set up elsewhere in Britain.
We really hope you like it.
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