Grangetown’s community newspaper is set for a major shake-up in the New Year after nearly 40 years.
Grange Community News has been landing on local doormats since 1978 but the current magazine/newsletter format is set to change – with a new design and a tabloid newspaper layout.
Run by neighbourhood group, Grangetown Community Action, the free newsletter provides a vital information service, sharing events and news and connecting our community.
With the new format – which will also link in more with this website – the idea is to allow for more articles/editoral content and for the paper to remain sustainable and continue to be produced for more years to come. Producing it as a full-colour newpaper allows us to do more at a more reasonable cost, while also boosting the content and getting a better balance between articles and adverts.
We want to do more: write about more local stories, feature more local events and highlight more local people. But we need your help – and ideas of what you’d like to see.
- We’re looking for people who want to write news stories
- We want to get more of a flow of stories from clubs, sports teams and features on local shops, businesses, artists and musicians. Can you help or have an idea?
- Take photographs and film videos, and we will provide free training to help you do it.
- Don’t worry if writing is not your bag, there are also plenty of other ways to get involved: delivering newsletters, designing leaflets, contacting advertisers and more.
We will also be relaunching the new-look newspaper in 2016 featuring more local content.
If you’re interested in boosting your skills and supporting your community in any way, a public meeting has been organised for Tuesday 19th January (7pm) at the Grangetown Library Hub. We want people to come along who might have ideas or would like to help in any way.
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The project is being supported by the Cardiff University’s Community Gateway team with help from the university’s community journalism department.
How old is the newspaper?
The paper began locally as the Grange News and Advertiser, not long after Grangetown Community Concern (GCC) was formed in 1978. By 1980, it was taken over by GCC and was printed in those days by Ron Phipps, out of Stafford Road and then Blaenclydach Street. The early editions set the template for what followed – bringing together the activities of local groups, schools and sporting clubs, with news of local developments – and stories of Grangetown in times past. It was edited in those days by Butetown community tutor John Winslade, before an editorial board of four took over, with editor Joan Gallagher a constant across the three decades until her death.
In recent years, we’ve had the Grangetown Community website – which feeds some stories for the newspaper – as well as the Twitter feed. The newspaper has continued, going full colour in 2015.