Posted: 26.01.21 at 20:50 by The Editor
AS Thurrock Nub News continues to set the pace on the borough’s local news agenda the UK’s top media politician has commended the concept of bringing local news back to communities.
Minister for Media and Data John Whittingdale, whose own Maldon constituency is also served by a Nub News site, has praised Nub News for showing there is still a demand for community-focused local journalism.
His comments come as Thurrock Nub News has surged past 400,000 page views in January alone – and it could possibly reach the magical half million mark by the end of the month. More than 3.25 million pages on our site have been viewed since our launch at the end of 2019 with our companion Facebook and You Tube sites also racking up big numbers.
The success of Nub News in Thurrock has been followed by the recent launch of a sister site, Basildon Nub News which brings the number of Nub News sites to 62 across England and Wales and many more are due to be rolled out in the coming weeks and months.
Mr Whittingdale said: “I am delighted by the success of Nub News which proves there is still a strong demand for professionally produced local news content.
“In my own constituency, Nub News is now embedded in the local community and is already doing a great job providing a fast and reliable source of local news.”
Nub News founder and chief executive Karl Hancock said: “At Nub News, we focus on the community first and listen to what they want. We help to give a voice and an identity back to towns across the UK. Local news journalists should be in their communities talking with and listening to the people that matter."
"The country is moving back to a more town-centric approach where people care more about their towns and communities. The Covid crisis has accelerated this trend.
“Whether you are a local business owner, sports club volunteer, photographer, councillor or just a community-minded resident, we are here to represent you and want to hear from you. Nub News will enrich and strengthen its role as a record of daily life in our towns, getting to the heart of community issues, frustrations, hopes and joys.
"A virtuous circle of opportunity has arisen from the demise of the regional press, the lockdown focus on communities and the migration of corporate marketing away from traditional commercial models towards sponsorship. The evidence points to more engagement with the communities in which they operate. With that, we are hiring journalists and growing. Currently in 62 towns, we'd like to be in more than 100 over the next year.
"I see a bright future for the provision of local news in this country."