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Readers take over for special edition

The wise words of a newspaper’s readers made up a special edition of an Archant London weekly.

For the second time the Hampstead and Highgate Express turned to its readers to pen articles and submit photos.

The Ham & High ran a similar special two years to coincide with the Newspaper Society’s Local Newspaper Week which won it a clutch of awards.

The front page (below) carried the words “Written by readers, for readers”.

Editor Geoff Martin said: “Once again this special edition demonstrates the uniquely personal connection the Ham & High Series has with its readers, and once again it was highly over-subscribed and we think this one is even better than the first.

“Apologies to all those who didn’t make the cut, but it does include some 35 submissions from readers on a wide range of topics, from the secret life of Hampstead’s so-called ‘yummy mummies’ to the inspiring story of one woman’s battle to live a normal life despite the debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis.”

A young Camden politician, Tulip Siddique, wrote about how Muslims can best be represented in the political environment, and one reader submitted pictures from another Hampstead – 3,000 miles away in the suburbs of Montreal, Canada.

The centre spread consisted of a special edition of Your Cause, the weekly page introduced into the paper two years ago to highlight the charitable actions of readers.

It featured a woman’s quest to walk the Great Wall of China and a cyclist who is joining 6,000 others in a hill climb in the Swiss Alps on 4 July.


OLDhack (02/06/2009 12:47:18)
Hey a template for local newspapers – no need for properly qualified news reporters, just get the yummy mummies in…..
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