This is the biggest challenge the Exmouth Journal has ever faced. We are asking for your help to overcome it
PUBLISHED: 06:50 22 May 2020
Local newspapers are facing a big challenge but readers can help us overcome it.
Have you heard the phrase ‘news desert’? It’s been coined in America to describe what is left behind when a newspaper closes down and the community it served is suddenly left without a source of credible and comprehensive news and information.
You can guess what happens next in those places when the vital scrutiny that a campaigning, investigative local newspaper provides is gone; when no-one is there to shine a light on that which is hidden from the public.
We are determined that Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton will never become a news desert - and we need your help to stop it happening.
That’s why we are asking you to give your financial support to our work. You can contribute any amount you like, as a one-off or a recurring contribution.
Why are we asking this now?
More of you are reading the Exmouth Journal than ever before, and increasingly that is on your mobile phones, tablets and laptops rather than in print.
We’re delighted to serve so many of you - but please understand that trusted journalism costs money to produce, and the money we make from digital page views is a fraction of that from paper sales.
Our advertising revenues have also been hit by the tech giants, many of whom pay little or no tax here.
Still, we are determined to continue to keep fighting for you and our area.
In recent years, we ran our ‘Pride in Exmouth’ campaign to highlight the positive news in the area, placing particular emphasis on the stories that showed people taking pride in the town by working for the community.
We have supported the Exmouth Chamber of Commerce Business Awards since they were launched to support the business community in Exmouth by recognising the work they do and focusing on the people who run them.
We ran a successful campaign against the making cuts to fire cover at Exmouth Fire Station in 2008.
So please help us with a contribution to supporting award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.
Every single gesture of support will help us make sure (area) does not become a news desert.
If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Exmouth Journal. Click the link in the orange box above for details.