Derry Journal: Our new look community paper

Workers at Bryce and Weston, now the Longs supermarket on Derry's Strand Road.
Workers at Bryce and Weston, now the Longs supermarket on Derry's Strand Road.

Tomorrow, Friday, September 26 marks another milestone in the 240 year history of the Derry Journal.

Providing the city and beyond with its news since 1772, the Journal has witnessed and reflected many changes throughout the centuries-socially, economically and politically.

Friday will see the launch of a series examinig the role of the short factory in the city.

Friday will see the launch of a series examinig the role of the short factory in the city.

Throughout those centuries the Journal has been at the forefront of harnessing the latest developments in technology to deliver news to its readership in the fastest way possible.

The change in news delivery will have escaped nobody’s attention in recent times. The digital provision of news demands that it is up to the minute not just in a global sense, but everywhere. And, in keeping with old traditions, the Derry Journal has met with that demand via its website www.derryjournal.com which last month attracted 800,000 readers.

The way people can contact us has also changed via not just the use of email but particularly through social media. Through our facebook site which has 17,000 followers and our twitter site which has 16,000 followers our readership can tell us what is going on instantly.

In exchange, we can direct you to the latest developments in the city. More than that, the use of these digital tools allows our readers to engage with us like never before and tell us what they think-something which we value very much.

This however does not mean the Journal has forgotten about its thrice weekly print editions. In fact, as you will have noticed this morning, the Journal has undergone a revamp in its layout, giving you the reader greater emphasis on news, sports, features and pictures.

Today we present a paper much more focused on community and people and from now on will have pages solely dedicated to those topics which you, the reader can have a direct effect on what they contain.

In fact, come down to the Foyleside this Friday, meet the Editor and our promotional team (9.30-2pm at the Fountain on level 2), in conjunction with Downtown Radio, highlighting our New Look Derry Journal.

Our team will be giving away a free goodie bag with every Journal purchased!!!

Being 240 years old, the Journal will never forget its past either and to mark today we have a dedicated feature on the industry that kept this city going through thick and thin-the shirt factories. So today, see our special feature for pictures from those factories and more importantly interviews with the women who worked in them which will continue over five editions in the coming weeks.