CONSTRUCTIVE criticism which I expect both papers will react to. We certainly will. We accept that journalistically we’re never going to win any awards. But we don’t publish our papers to impress other journalists. It’s the readers we’re more interested in and from their feedback they seem to like what we do. But we always strive to do better. It should also be remembered that both papers are operating with vastly reduced editorial staffing levels because of the continuing difficult economy. What we are doing at the View, and the Echo for that matter, is giving young reporters a chance to get on the first rung of the journalistic ladder which very few other companies are doing. I spend as much time as I can with them but as everyone in the business knows, I’m a crap journalist!
One correction. New View owner Jerry Ramsdale is no longer a St Alban’s based publisher. He recently sold his engineering magazine/exhibitions company for significant seven figure sum.