A weekly newspaper has announced it will no longer be based on its patch, with reporters set to meet members of the public in cafes.
The Gloucestershire Gazette has announced the closure of its office in Dursley, telling people it will now be based at the headquarters of Newsquest sister title the Stroud News and Journal, ten miles away.
The paper has said that its current base in Long Street, Dursley, is “too big” for the number of staff at the Gazette, where they take up less than one-fifth of the available space.
But it said its reporters will now be based on the patches they cover “more often”, with regular surgeries planned in local cafes.
In a story about the office move, editor Michael Purton said: “We are sad to be leaving the Long Street office after so many years in Dursley but it has simply become far too big for us – we take up less than a fifth of the available space.
“The positive is that our reporters will actually be out in the patches they cover more often now and therefore closer to the communities they represent.”
Michael became editor of the Gazette earlier this year, along with sister titles the News and Journal and the Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard.
The office closure comes after HTFP revealed this week that another Newsquest title, the Bridport News, is set to leave its long-standing office in the town.
The Gazette’s story gives contact details for the journalists currently based at the Dursley premises and ‘surgery times’ for when people can drop in to meet them.
Thornbury reporter Bethany Wash will be based at a cafe bar in Thornbury for three hours each Monday and Tuesday, while Stuart Rust, who covers Dursley and Wooton-under-Edge.will be at a cafe in Dursley on the same days.
Two other reporters at the title, Alexandra Womack and Josh Wright, live in the areas they cover so will be available to see readers all week, while sports editor Gary Baker will be regularly visiting the areas and clubs he covers.