Today we welcome Brighton and Hove News, who are one of our Brighton Open Market Christmas fair sponsors for 2016. Find out more about them in our interview below.
What is Brighton and Hove News?
It’s a website covering everything from mainstream news and current affairs – politics, crime, health, education and transport, for example – to some of the quirkier goings on around town. We started up seven years ago and we’re very much focused on Brighton and Hove – the place and the people. With 10,000 readers visiting our site each day, it’s great to know so many others share our passion.
How did you become involved?
The site is run by Frank le Duc and Jo Wadsworth – two professional journalists. Frank is from Brighton and Jo moved here eight years ago. We both love newspapers but we’re also fascinated by the opportunities presented by the internet, including the ways in which we can share so much on social media.
What is the best thing about being a journalist?
Meeting interesting people – not necessarily the rich, famous or powerful – and finding out what’s going on.
How do you find your stories?
We rely on people telling us what’s happening around them. We speak to dozens of people every week from politicians, the police and PR people to traders, community activists and various officials. We have a busy email inbox with a mix of tip-offs, press releases and answers to our many questions. And we chat on social media.
Are you looking forward to the Christmas season and perhaps visiting The Fairy Tale Fair for a spot of local gift shopping?
We love supporting community events and organisations, including the Open Market, so it’s highly likely we’ll be popping by for a spot of Christmas shopping when The Fairy Tale Fair is there.
How can we find out more about you and get involved?
Our website address is www.brightonandhovenews.org. Obviously we’d love you to read our news stories and Albion reports. Most of our advertisers are local and their ads are not intrusive so please support them as they help keep us in business. If you’re not already one of our 56,000 Twitter followers, feel free to check out @BHcitynews. Some prefer our Facebook page facebook.com/brightonandhovenews. It has 28,000 likes but we’d love more people to join our growing online community.