This is the biggest challenge the Royston Crow has ever faced. I’m asking for your help to overcome it
- Credit: Archant
Have you heard the phrase “news desert”? It’s been coined in America to describe what is left behind when a newspaper closes down and the community it served is suddenly left without a source of credible and comprehensive news and information.
You can guess what happens next in those places when the vital scrutiny that a campaigning, investigative local newspaper provides is gone; when no-one is there to shine a light on that which is hidden from the public.
I’m determined that Royston and the surrounding villages will never become a news desert - and I need your help to stop it happening.
That’s why I’m asking you to give your financial support to our work. You can contribute any amount you like, as a one-off or a recurring contribution.
Why am I asking this now?
More of you are reading the Royston Crow than ever before, and increasingly that is on your mobile phones, tablets and laptops rather than in print.
- 1 Ian Stewart murder trial: Diane 'suffered lack of oxygen for up to an hour'
- 2 Former nurse at Stevenage's Lister Hospital struck off
- 3 Hundreds in Herts fined for breaking lockdown rules
- 4 Meldreth mental health cancer support charity appoints first patron
- 5 Fake Dyson Airwrap and Primark baby toy among recent recalled items
- 6 Murder trial told Ian Stewart was 'so cross' after sister-in-law called coroner
- 7 Revealed: Hertfordshire's most desirable villages
- 8 Ian Stewart's sons say 'devastated father was in tears at wife's death'
- 9 Stewart 'wasn't distressed and calmly answered questions' at scene of wife's death, paramedic tells court
- 10 Teenage moped rider seriously injured in crash
We’re delighted to serve so many of you - but please understand that trusted journalism costs money to produce, and the money we make from digital page views is a fraction of that from paper sales.
Our advertising revenues have also been hit by the tech giants, many of whom pay little or no tax here.
Still, we are determined to continue to keep fighting for you and our area.
In recent years, we at the Crow have provided extensive coverage on issues that matter to our area including the Therfield Heath land swap saga, we continue to campaign to Make The A505 Safer, and most recently we’ve launched the #ThereWithYou campaign to help get our communities through the coronavirus crisis and show our support for the NHS.
So please help us with a contribution to supporting award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.
Every single gesture of support will help us make sure Royston and surrounding villages do not become a news desert.
Anne Suslak, editor