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Regional daily puts together front page on Twitter

A regional daily newspaper put together the front page of Saturday’s edition by consulting its readers via Twitter.

Saturday’s Northern Echo featured a poster front page on the plight of Darlington FC which is facing collapse after 128 years.

A dummy of the page was posted on Twitter and followers of the paper’s feed asked for their views.

Editor Peter Barron described the move as a “really interesting experiment” and said some readers’ suggestions were incorporated into the final version.

Peter said in a blog post:  “The interaction from followers has been remarkable and new followers have joined during the process.

“Some comments have influenced the look of the page, with suggested changes and ideas being taken on board.

“I’m not sure if it’s been done elsewhere but it’s been fun and I’ll definitely do it again.

“It’s an important front page because of the significance that it is probably Darlington Football Club’s last game.  It needs to be a paper that people will keep for posterity and I hope they will.”

Peter originally had the idea of the ‘whistle’ front page after waking up in the early hours of the previous morning.

It was put together by front page sub-editor Jo Kelly and graphic artist Chris Moran before being posted on Twitter.