A newly re-launched hyperlocal website aimed at encouraging an interest in politics in Staffordshire will publish a print edition next month.
Next month the Foundation will help produce a print edition of the online publication, which will be distributed to 50,000 households in the town.
The Foundation is working in partnership with Pits n Pots, to redesign the site in a bid to boost reader engagement, increase traffic and promote democratic engagement in the local community.
Editor of Pits n Pots Mike Rawlins said that the Foundation’s backing would enable him to ‘investigate ways for Pits n Pots to become a more sustainable public service business model’, ‘encourage greater engagement with democracy’ and ‘create a template that can be used by active democratically engaged people across the country.’
The site has been redesigned by The Independent’s head designer Nick Donaldson, making it more user-friendly with a greater social media presence. The new site will be maximized for use across tablets, smartphones and other digital devices.
Pits n Pots was launched in September 2008 to fill the gap left by decreasing sales of local papers and dwindling coverage of local politics.
The aim being to keep the public engaged with the politics of the area by creating a forum in which people could discuss local issues and the governance of Stoke-on-Trent City Council.