6:30 a.m. January 1, 2022
Editor-in-chief David Powles takes a look at what’s in store for the EDP in 2022.
First of all, I wish you a Happy New Year and thank you for your support of the Eastern Daily Press in 2021.
Whether in print or online, every day approximately 200,000 people read our stories and I am grateful to all of you.
Hopefully 2022 brings more good news than bad, and regular readers who saw my column last week will know that I think this year will bring better days – and the release of the impact of the pandemic so many of whom have seen. between us are thirsty.
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Today marks a personal milestone, because exactly five years ago I had the honor of being named Editor-in-Chief of the Eastern Daily Press, which was a dream and an ambition since I was a teenager.
Who would have predicted that two of those years would be spent covering a pandemic that would cause tragedy around the world and send us all into lockdown?
I remain incredibly proud of the efforts of our entire team over the past two years; separate fact from fiction, keep people informed and keep people connected, especially during the early days of the lockdown.
I know journalists aren’t always the flavor of the month with everyone, but come spend a few hours in our newsroom and you’ll see a team of hard-working women and men who care passionately about the region. and its inhabitants.
Of course, being caring and passionate is not always enough and as I wrote before, our industry and the product that many of you enjoy remains at a crossroads as we move into 2022.
So many of our habits have changed over the years and the way people consume their news is just one of them. We spend a lot of time creating a daily we are proud of, but as some of our readers migrate to the web it becomes more and more important that we also get this deal right.
In the year 2022, it is the desire of my team and I to further improve the print product and the digital product.
We are fortunate to have an incredibly strong team of experienced journalists in our newsroom. I think our investigative journalism and coverage of local politics, business, education, the courts, health issues, crime, Norwich City – and so much more – is unmatched in the world. ‘industry.
Our correspondents are experts in their field and in 2022 we intend to increase their content, depth and analysis to provide you with the most insightful coverage possible of the issues in the region.
Doing this comes at a cost of course. I recently wrote about changes to our PinkUn offering, where we ask digital readers to pay a small price for the content they enjoy. In return, we’ll deliver exclusive stories on a lightweight, fun-to-use advertising platform.
Watch this space in 2022 to discover similar digital developments with our news and commercial content.
As far as pricing is concerned, I’m happy to say that we are once again able to freeze the cost of your Eastern Daily Press at the dawn of 2022. Our industry is facing crippling increases in the cost of newspaper production. Energy bills are increasing, as are the cost of paper.
However, we are aware that each of you faces similar challenges, so these costs will not be offset by an increase in prices.
Once again thank you for your support. I feel incredibly lucky to be the custodian of a journal that many of you feel so passionate about, covering life in the most beautiful part of the country.