This is Local News-paper Week and your Leader includes a supplement which, we hope, underlines the continuing relevance and importance of titles like ours, which take very seriously their role as papers of record.
Only those who haven’t been paying attention will be unaware of the serious challenges facing local papers. With today’s youth far less inclined to pick up a newspaper than previous generations – much less pay for one – local titles that want to stay relevant must embrace the digital space and provide content that can be viewed through mobile phones, tablets and other devices. As we approach our 125th birthday the Leader is responding in robust fashion. As we report elsewhere in this edition, we are set fair to record more than one million page views on our website this month, almost certainly a first for a local Irish title.
Of course, making that online success pay is the big challenge we face, along with all newpapers. And yet it is very gratifying that an increasing number of local businesses have seen the upside of advertising on our burgeoning website. That income funds the journalism that makes the Leader a must-read in many thousands of local homes.
This week is about celebrating local papers in both print and digital guises. It’s also about reminding our readers that your loyalty is what keeps the show on the road every week. For that, we are always grateful.