about marlborough news online
Marlborough News Online has been launched with the aim of providing the news that people need to know in their daily lives – and to provide a distinctive voice for Marlborough as, like other market towns, it suffers from the effects of economic recession.
Its purpose, in the wake of cutbacks that have hit the existing local media and local government, is positive, the objective to offer some “glue” to bind the town, its citizens, organisations and business enterprises together.
We see it as a formidable force for good, supplying a constant supply of news, features, information - and fun – raising issues and supporting initiatives to boost the community and local economy.
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 consider for publication.
We are especially interested in hearing from community stalwarts and would-be young journalists who would like to write for us on a regular basis.
You can contact:
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 four 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 was awarded the OBE for services to journalism, which included serving on the Press Complaints Commission and being deputy chairman of the Association of British Editors, the first cross-media organisation of its kind in the country, now merged with the Society of Editors.
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 Marlborough three 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 Online 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 13 George Lane, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 4BX