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Weekly newspapers generate 24-hour riots coverage

Journalists at weekly newspapers in London are working around the clock to cover the Tottenham riots.

The news teams at the The Enfield Independent and sister title the Haringey Independent have created a ‘London Riots2011′ section on their websites with reporters updating the sites as often as four times an hour.

A 24-hour news desk was set up on Sunday morning so that readers can be provided with regualar live updates on the riots that are currently taking place in North London.

Group editor for North London Time & Independent Martin Buhagiar said: “We uploaded approximately 25 articles on our Haringey Independent and Enfield Independent websites on Sunday and attempted to maximise our hits by uploading two picture galleries, creating a ‘London Riots 2011’ news channel and we have also just started a live blog section, which includes video updates and a live twitter feed.

“With staff on holiday this has been put together by three or four people – in particular assistant editor Tim Jones and our Haringey and Enfield reporter David Hardiman – so we are delighted with the coverage.”

The Newsquest run titles have so far run around 30 stories on the riots with all of its top stories focusing on the chaos that started at the weekend following the shooting of Tottenham man Mark Duggan by police on Thursday.

As the riots spread The Croydon Guardian has also been providing live updates throughout the night.

Assistant editor Matthew Knowles said: ” The interesting line was the huge amount of misinformation on twitter. Some just blatant lies. We checked out as many as we could but the majority were nonsense.

“We proved to become a trusted source of news by only running lines that we had got firmed up or had witnessed ourselves despite temptation to run any breaking news we found. It proves that newspapers and professional journalism are essential to society.

“Having said that many members of the public took exceptional risks to send us video footage, photos and their stories from across Croydon which we used to paint the scene of horror as it unfolded and we are grateful for all our readers.”


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  • August 9, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Hope the journalists are rewarded accordingly with overtime for their hard work!

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  • August 9, 2011 at 10:35 am

    We were thinking of going to London for the Olympics, with some of our family total at least 20 including grand children who are in there teens , now never will we go we will go to another country instead. Do you know why? Because we see that the youth of London support drug dealers and are thieves……….

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  • August 9, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Respect to Croydon GUARDIAN reporters (check it editor) Hannah Williamson and Peter Truman. Blinding work. Why do the workers never get a mention?

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