The hyperlocal news service has won two national competitions and has reached a significant social media milestone.
Rachel Howells, one of Magnet’s launch directors, said: “It’s always encouraging to receive praise such as that from the competition organisers – and it’s incredibly pleasing to be attracting so much online interest from readers.
“Local news provision is going through a time of great change and we’re delighted top be at the vanguard of a new breed of provider.
“There’s a very long way to go on our exciting journey but the people of Port Talbot can be sure that we remain eager to serve them every mile of the way.”
Success number one came with victory in a competition which will see Magnet produce a one-off short-run printed newspaper.
The contest, run by trade champion Multimedia Journalism, sought to assist a hyperlocal news provider turn its digital content into print.
Magnet’s entry was a joint winner and the prize is 150 copies of a 16-page tabloid newspaper. The Magnet board is now deciding how this can be best used.
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The second success came in a competition run by the Media Trust to celebrate inspiring stories from across the UK of how community media, citizen journalism and community reporting have contributed to positive change in local communities.
Magnet’s entry won £500 to allow the organisation to further its work through digital media.
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Magnet’s social media landmark came as the news service attracted more than 4,000 unique visitors to the website between June 19 and July 19.
It was the first time Magnet had broken the barrier since the organisation started analysing such statistics in May last year.
Photo: Caroline Diehl, chief executive of the Media Trust. Pic: www.mediatrust.org