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Editor’s comment: Why Recorder plays such an important role

PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 May 2018

Local Newspaper Week 2018

Local Newspaper Week 2018

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Each year, local newspapers celebrate their vital role and importance of trusted local journalism during Local Newspaper Week.

Ever wondered how you would know what was going on in Redbridge without the Recorder? If someone posts a story on a website, how can you be sure it’s true? Fake news sites are proliferating.

Anyone can write anything online, but how do you know they don’t have a hidden agenda? How do you know they have all the facts, that it’s not just a rumour or they haven’t got the wrong end of the stick?

The Recorder stories are written by reporters who have qualifications in journalism, have studied media law and who will always make every effort to get both sides of the story.

If someone makes an accusation or an allegation, we can check it out with the police, the council, the fire brigade or the school.

We approach the people who are the subject of the allegation and give them the chance to respond.

We go to court so you can see that justice is done, and the criminals are named and shamed.

We promote the good things that young people are doing through our coverage of the annual Jack Petchey Awards in which we highlight some of the most impressive achievements and bring you photos of all the winners.

We’ve followed community campaigns like the one to get Village Green status for Dovers Farm green, and highlighted the never-ending problems on the Orchard Estate.

Our sports team bring you match reports from local teams, not just the professionals – where else would grassroots players get the recognition of their efforts?

And we can make a difference to our community.

In recent years we have run campaigns to raise money for Saint Francis Hospice and First Step and to highlight awareness of mental health issues.

That is the power of a local newspaper you can trust.

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