Exmouth community campaigns to keep paper local
18 December 2008
Members of the local community in Exmouth have rallied behind their local paper after Archant announced plans to close its offices in Exmouth and Sidmouth. They have launched a campaign in the hope that the decision relocating journalists on the Exmouth Journal and Sidmouth Herald to Exeter. can be reversed.
The news has come as a particular surprise to local people since the local publications have been doing well. Sales of the Exmouth Journal have increased in recent years.
The NUJ is throwing its weight behind the local campaign to save the office of the well-performing quality local paper. Letters have been written to Bernard Driscoll, Archant South West Managing Director, and a Facebook group has been set up.
Jeremy Dear, NUJ General Secretary, has pledged his support to the campaign, saying:
"Quality local papers play a crucial role in our communities and are enormously valued by their readers – that's clear from the way people have rallied behind the campaign to keep the Exmouth Journal in Exmouth. I would urge Archant to reconsider its plans, which can only damage the relationship between the paper and its readers."