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Weekly series relaunches with ‘more colourful’ look

A series of weekly newspapers have relaunched with a “more colourful” look and new features.

The Herald series, in Oxfordshire – which has editions for Abindgdon, Didcot, Wallingford and Wantage – unveiled the redesign last week.

The relaunch has also seen the series take on new columnists – including MPs Ed Vaizey and Nicola Blackwood.

Didcot Railway Centre’s Ann Middleton, Abingdon taxi driver Colin Dobson and Wantage housing campaigner Julie Mabberley have also been given their own columns.

This week's Didcot edition of The Herald

This week’s Didcot edition of The Herald

In the newspapers’ features section there is a new column from Oxfordshire farming co-operative Cultivate and a new local pub grub guide by reporter Sophie Grubb.

There are also new gardening, family and TV and cinema features.

Herald Series managing editor Sara Taylor said: “This relaunch was about putting our use of excellent local contacts and knowledge to good use in giving the paper a clearer and louder local voice.”

The cover price remains at 70p for all editions of the Herald.

Chief reporter Pete Hughes said: “With the rise of social media, local news is more popular than ever, but people still like to read news that comes from an authoritative source and still like to read publications they can hold in their hands.

“Our reporting at the Heralds is stronger now than ever, and people want to read our stories, so we wanted to put those stories in a bright, clean new format which does them justice, and the new-look Herald does that 100pc.

“We are so proud of the way the paper looks now and we’ve managed to do it all without putting the price up a single penny.”

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  • May 9, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Pub grub by Sophie Grubb – love it.

    Good luck The Herald team.

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