A weekly newspaper will hold regular reporter surgeries at Sainsbury’s supermarket after moving out of town.
The Tyrone Times has set up a weekly clinic at the Sainsbury’s in Dungannon, with the first one taking place last Thursday from 10am to 3pm.
The Johnston Press title announced the launch of the surgeries to readers, which it said had been set up a result of its office move so they could share their stories with journalists.
In July, the Times moved out of Dungannon and is now based at the offices of sister title the Mid-Ulster Mail in Cookstown, ten miles away.
Damian Wilson, Northern Ireland group editor, said: “Johnston Press titles host reporter clinics in regional towns right across Northern Ireland and all have proved successful.
“The clinics have generated stories from the public we would not otherwise have got and we have also invited politicians and community groups to share the public platform with us.
“There is no substitute for meeting the public in their own domain and hearing their stories first hand and people seem a lot more willing to talk to reporters on these occasions than they do in a more formal office setting.
“Modern technology means reporters can get out from their offices and back into the community and the Tyrone Times news clinics are a good example of this strategy in action.”
In an article about the clinics, regional editor Peter Bayne said: “This is a great opportunity for our reporters to connect with our readers and for our readers to share the issues that matter to them.
“We will also be out and about around the town to keep our fingers very much on Dungannon’s pulse.
“Over the coming weeks and months we will be inviting along some very special guests for you to put them on the spot!
“I would take this opportunity to thank Sainsbury’s for kindly hosting our clinics. Please feel free to call in with us for a chat, and of course, a cup of tea or coffee.”
The Tyrone Times was one of just 14 paid-for weekly titles in the UK to record sales increases for the first half of the year, the latest ABCs showed, with its sales rising 3.5pc to 3,564.
Ireland managing director Jean Long told HTFP the circulation of the paper had continued to grow since the office move.