Striking journalists in South Yorkshire are claiming to have scooped their own titles in their self-published newsletters from the picket line.
With the stoppage due to enter its third week tomorrow, the strikers have produced ‘bootleg’ editions of their papers for the second week running.
As well as carrying latest news on the strike, the journalists say this week’s newsletters contain several stories missed by their own papers.
In Doncaster, the strikers’ ‘News of the Don’ newsletter splashed news of plans by the town’s elected Mayor, Peter Davies, to secure a bylaw banning spitting in the town centre – a story they say was missed by the Doncaster Free Press.
They claimed the Free Press also failed to report a crash on the runway at Doncaster airport, a story covered in the strikers’ newsletter along with a picture.
News of the Don also boasted exclusive news of job cuts at a local engineering company and an exclusive interview with former Doncaster Rovers star Sean McDaid, whose career was recently cut short by injury.
Meanwhile in Selby the ‘News of the Ouse’ hit the streets this morning with a story about more disruption to the town’s road network, moves to appoint a town crier and the launch of a campaign to secure Selby its first cinema in 40 years.
The Mexborough newsletter also hit the streets with stories which the strikers say the South Yorkshire Times missed, including plans for a continental market, news about a consultation on a controversial waste plant and the cancellation of a local music festival.
One striker said: “I think the quality of this weeks’ newsletters should give SYN pause for though as they show our commitment to our readers and our communities and to quality journalism.”
“That we’ve managed to give the ‘official’ papers such a thrashing over the real news this week just goes to show the power of creative journalism.
“The newsletters are being well received by the public in all three towns – loads of people have told us they’re a much better read than the JP titles.”
Johnston Press has so far not made no c0mment on the strikers’ claims.