Blacktown receives local paperBy Elliott Richardson in Media News on Monday, 03rd May 2021 at 1:41pm
Launched by Michael Walls of Access News Australia, the new paper has already begun printing and covers the usual local beats of politics, news, community and sport.
“The News is a traditional local newspaper. We cover community, people stories, sport and business. We are the media partner for the Greater Blacktown Chamber of Commerce, Blacktown FC, Blacktown Local Business Awards and BREED,” said Walls.
Walls said he stepped in after News Corp and Fairfax shuttered their local papers, the Blacktown Advocate and Blacktown Sun respectively.
“Until we started the Blacktown News, Blacktown had no dedicated printed local news service. Two printed local newspapers published by News Corp and Fairfax had ceased their print operations in Blacktown.
“We saw a need for a printed product to fill the void and approached the council and business with the idea of starting a new local newspaper and they supported it. Not everyone gets their news, especially local news, from a smart phone or social media channels,” he said.
On the Blacktown News team are former News Corp editor and reporter Di Bartok, former News Corp executive editor Dallas Sheringham and former AAP editor Elizabeth Frias with Walls also filing stories.
The newspaper is a free, monthly delivered to residents across the Blacktown local government area and it is looking to work with local businesses.
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