about marlborough news online
Marlborough News Online was launched in 2011 as a voluntary project with the aim of providing news that readers need to know about their community - its people, its events and what's likely to happen in the near future. We provide a distinctive voice for Marlborough and its surrounding villages. We also report on Wiltshire-wide issues that will affect people in the area - such as the health of the NHS, local political changes, planning decisions, elections and Wiltshire Council services.
Our overall purpose, in the wake of cutbacks that have hit the existing local media and local government, is positive: to promote the area's citizens, organisations and business enterprises. We want to give them a focus and share their achievements as well as their problems.
We will also - with the help of factual accounts and experts - analyse and challenge decisions made and not being made. And will track decisions that should be being made for the good of the community as a whole.
We see Marlborough News Online as a force for good, supplying a constant flow of news, features, information - and fun – raising issues and supporting initiatives to boost the community and local economy.
Income derived from advertising and sponsorship gets deployed in two areas: firstly, to maintain and develop the site and cover basic expenses incurred; and secondly, to support local organisations and activities.
Your help and support is required as part of this community-based project – by becoming involved and offering press releases and/or stories, articles and details of events we can publish. We would also like to hear about omissions from our coverage.
Our staple diet is not the gloomy/bad news side of journalism. But one area we do want to develop is our OBITUARIES section. We are keen to mark and celebrate the lives of those who have lived and worked in Marlborough and its surrounding villages. We can only really do this with the help of friends and relatives. Please let us know if you would like us to publish an Obituary.
We are especially keen to hear from anyone - older or younger - who could write for us so we can extend and improve the range of stories we cover. This applies especially to the villages.
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Big business has not been kind to local newspapers. When times were good, media conglomerates snapped up locally-owned newspapers. But the demand for profits to satisfy shareholders as advertising revenues decline means the major owners must make savings – by closing local offices, reducing staffing numbers and cutting back pagination. This is bad news for everyone.
Co-operatives are different. They are owned by their members – in the case of Marlborough News Online by the three media professionals who founded this website.
We abide by the co-operative principles laid down by the Rochdale Pioneers of 160 years ago, as well as by the Editors' Code of Practice and the Press Complaints Commission.
Marlborough News Online would like to acknowledge the assistance of Co-operative Futures and the Co-operative Enterprise Hub with their assistance in the founding of our co-operative.
Who we are:
He set up public relations company Secret Agent Marketing in 2005. He lives in the Savernake Forest (in a cottage, not literally in the forest) with his wife Louisa, son Milo, and daughter Sydney.
Marina moved to Wiltshire eight years ago from the Oxfordshire area. She has been self employed for the past 11 years working on her health & lifestyle business. After attaining a Diploma in Media & Journalism in 1997, her passion for all things media began, and has gently simmered in subsequent years. She is thrilled to be working with Marlborough.news and utilising her wealth of knowledge and skills in media again. Her primary role is advertising and she strongly believes in promoting local business, so do contact her today.
Registered address is 49 Lockeridge, Marlborough, SN8 4EL