Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds dropped in to the Reporter today (Mon), to look at preparations for the revamped paper ahead of its launch, on Thursday.
Bosses at the Stalybridge-based newspaper – which was established in 1855 - say the paper will have a stronger focus on the community.
And, as well as appealing to its loyal readers, they hope the new format will attract new readers too.
On Monday Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds dropped in to the newsroom to see the preparations for the launch.
He said: “For those of us who live and work in Tameside, the Reporter has been a vital source of news and information that has been valued by generations of families across the borough.
“Many people have told me they have missed the Reporter over the last few weeks, when it has been missing from the news stands. So it’s great that it’s back.
“I am delighted that The Reporter’s future is now secure and I can’t wait to see how it will develop, following its re-launch.”
The new-look Tameside Reporter will have a circulation on 25,000, 15,000 of which will be distributed for free and the remainder available from newsagents.
Editor Nigel Skinner said: “The Tameside Reporter has a long and proud tradition and I was very keen to see that continue long enough so the paper could celebrate its upcoming 160th anniversary in a few years’ time.
“The paper is, and always will be, a community focused venture dedicated to providing independent journalism to Tameside residents and our re-launch is all about re-enforcing that message as well as improving the content of the paper.
“Financially, the paper will continue to support itself with improved advertising opportunities and editorially we have full control of what goes in the paper.
“It’s been a long while since we’ve been in a position to take on new people too so we’re really looking forward to being able to train aspiring reporters.”
Published 22 October, 2012