PORT Talbot Magnet will take a step closer to launching a printed newspaper for Port Talbot next week.
The group of journalists will be looking for news stories from across the town in a pop-up newsroom at the Aberafan Shopping Centre on April 13.
“Port Talbot has been without a newspaper since the Guardian was closed in 2009 and the Magnet has been working ever since to establish a replacement news service,” said Magnet Director Rachel Howells. “We’ve always thought, why should a town with so much to offer be without its own local paper? We felt now was the right time to bring a printed newspaper back to Port Talbot and we are looking for local people to be at the heart of it.”
The group plans to produce a free monthly newspaper for the town. The first edition will be a pilot edition with a limited print run, and will be out at the end of April.
There will be a pop-up newsdesk at the Aberafan Shopping Centre on April 13 from 10.30am. Journalists will be available to help members of the public turn their information and photographs into news stories. The Magnet is appealing for local people to bring in news stories, photographs, local history and anything they feel could be of interest for the new publication.
They will also get the chance to try out a brand new app that has been developed especially for the Magnet.
“Hand in hand with our newspaper launch, we have also worked in partnership with Cardiff University and We Are Behaviour to develop an app to make it easy and fun to submit news stories to the newspaper. The app is called Little J. We will be testing Little J on the newsgathering day and we will be looking for lots of feedback to help us shape the app and the newspaper to make sure they work well and do what our readers want them to do.”
“We hope local people will take the chance to make this newspaper their own,” added Rachel. “We know it will be a huge benefit to the town and we want to ensure everyone has a voice in it.”
WHAT SORT OF NEWS CAN I BRING?
We need photographs, sport match reports and previews, film, gig and restaurant reviews, local history, and of course ongoing news about the town – campaigns, charity events, announcements, events your local group is involved with, business stories, family celebrations, obituaries, missing pets, crime, accidents – anything you think other people in the town would be interested to read.
HOW CAN I TELL YOU MY NEWS?
You can take part in any way you want. You can email or phone us. Come in person and tell us your news. Or you can make use of our newly developed app, Little J, which works on Facebook, Smart phones and via a website.
WAYS TO PARTICIPATE
Online: You can set up an account online at www.littlej.org and start creating reports right away. With an account you have a record of all your activity and will start to build-up your reputation alongside the other Little J’s.
On Facebook: Search for ‘Littlej’ on Facebook and use the app to make a report.
On your smartphone: If you have an Android smartphone or tablet you can download the Little J app from the Google Play store and use it to create reports, take photos and locate your report on a map.
On Twitter: Include the hashtag #littlej within your tweet and Little J will see it and put it in the main system. It would really help if you geo-tag your tweet to locate your report.
By email: You can email reports and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
CAN I ADVERTISE IN THE MAGNET NEWSPAPER?
Yes, call our sales team now to find out more on 07413 969109.