A new online newspaper has been launched to cover local news across the West Yorkshire area.
The Yorkshire Standard is the brainchild of former Huddersfield University student Hasan Faridi and aims to provide up-to-the-minute coverage of community news, business and the local arts scene.
It will serve the areas of Kirklees, Bradford, Calderdale, Wakefield and Leeds and claims to have already recorded more than 2,500 unique visitors in its first days of operation.
The launch content included a charity appeal to help a child in Leeds and a video news report about a community kitchen in Bradford as well as offering photographic sales and a lifestyle section.
Hasan said he was pleased with the level of audience achieved in the website’s first few days.
“I worked full-time for two newspapers after I graduated, and decided to go on to do bigger and better things by starting up my own newspaper with an online twist,” he said.
“Our strong point is that we are community-centred, and focus on all sorts of news from within West Yorkshire, be it local news and business to music and films.
“We also, don’t work the way various news sources run, by publishing sensational stories of death and crime to ‘sell’ news. We do however, highlight issues that are relevant.”
The publication will rely on volunteer contributors – currently around a dozen – although Hasan hopes the site could eventually hire staff.