Thank you to the growing number of readers who are making Around Wellington the biggest and most popular source of news in this community. Last month was our busiest ever, with almost 11,000 separate visits to the site we started five years ago.
As publisher and editor I believe our success is down to the simple virtues of traditional local journalism. We attend events, we talk to people, we report what they say fairly and without bias. Our deputy editor Gill Paltridge was out reviewing the pantomime within 24 hours of getting home from visiting family in New York. I attend and report each monthly town council meeting – something the Wellington Weekly News no longer bothers to do.
A few weeks ago I travelled to Cardiff to attend the first annual conference of the Independent Community News Network, a new association of local news websites. Over 200 editors and contributors were in a hall buzzing with enthusiasm and excitement. People’s desire to know what’s going on in their town or village is as strong as ever. As local newspapers continue to decline there’s a huge gap to be filled – so thank you once again for helping us to do just that.