This week – Local Newspaper Week – is a chance for all those involved in the newspaper industry to shout about what we do and how well we do it.
There are so many reasons to buy a local newspaper such as the Banbury Guardian and – just like you – millions of people across the country continue to pick up their favourite local paper every week.
More often than not it is the only place where you will get comprehensive local news, views, sport, listings and vital community information. But it is also the best one-stop shop if you are looking to buy a new house or car, find a new job or are trying to find a trusted local business or retailer.
And one of the many things local newspapers do better than anyone else is make a difference to the communities they serve.
The Banbury Guardian is no different and we are very proud of our record of campaigning on behalf of local people who believe they have no voice of their own, righting many wrongs and helping to raise money for good causes.
Sometimes it can be as simple as just raising awareness of an issue or shining a light on a group or individual that has done a good deed and deserves recognition.
We like to think we make a difference every week, whether it be highlighting the dangers of unfilled potholes, fighting to improve our town centre, standing up for local people who are supporting campaigns of their own or raising awareness of such brilliant causes as the AgeUK Oxfordshire Today! Campaign, just one charity we have promoted over the past year. The Banbury Guardian has been behind the Oxfordshire Today! campaign since May of last year to raise its profile, recruit volunteers and raise £50,000 a year over five years.
Banbury manager Bee Myson said: “We’ve been extremely pleased with the support of the Banbury Guardian and reporter Hanna Ljunggren.
“We’ve kept a scrapbook of her reports and they have been a welcome shot in the arm for our campaign – and we’re aware of how much they are raising our profile.
“The coverage has also helped dispel the myth that we get our funding from central Age UK. It allows us to encourage corporate partners who see us getting publicity.
“We’ve seen increased footfall in our centre as well as raised public awareness, thanks to the Banbury Guardian.”
AgeUK provides a phone befriending service for lonely people, foot care at home and at HQ, computer tuition, information and advice on benefits. a book club, knitting group and a singing group.