Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Did you hear the one about the new local newspaper?

East Belfast Herald logo

We’re in the midst of an economic downturn.

It’s a world where people are predicting the end of printed newspapers within a generation due to advertisers – who pay for, or at least subsidise papers – preferring to take their business online.

So it was a bit of a shock to discover that just as I moved out of East Belfast in January, a new local newspaper was started.

By chance I met Fiona Rutherford on Sunday morning, the editor of the East Belfast Herald. Selling in local newsagents, the paper covers local stories and activities and is very much a community publication.

I remember driving past the Upper Newtownards Road offices of the East Belfast Observer on the way in and out of work until it closed a couple of years ago.

If you’re an East Belfastian, look out for the Herald in your local corner shop. And if you’re planning an event or match in the area, or have something you want to advertise, I’m sure the team would be very grateful to hear what you’re up to. You can contact them on 90732114 or

Good luck to the Herald.


Timothy Belmont said...

I wonder how much it costs; presumably it's a weekly paper?

We usually get a free weekly Belfast paper, I think called the Belfast News, delivered to us.


O'Neill said...

I've read it a couple of times and pretty impressed with it to be honest, good local stuff in it. Pity the Glens are also local though- damages their sport's coverage;)

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I like the cozy feeling of reading about all the tiny non newsworthy stories in local papers. And the really cheesy photos

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