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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good luck to the Herald.