OPINION: We try our best to provide something for everyone

NEWS is a delicate balance. It always has been.

Back when I started to undertake my journalism studies at high school I was taught the old inverted pyramid - that is, the most important facts go at the top of the article so readers get the best bits and subs can do the old cut from the bottom trick if they have to.

But the industry has had to move with the times and while that's sometimes still a good way to write a story, it's generally a good idea to lead in with something readers will find the most interesting.

It's our job to keep readers interested, just as much as it's our job to keep them informed about what's happening in the world around them whether it be big or small, local or worldwide.

Recently we asked for feedback on what our readers did and didn't like about the paper.

What news suits you best? (pick three)

This poll ended on 30 June 2015.

Current Results



Local government






Letters from readers




Lifestyle (cooking, gardening, fitness etc)








National news


World news








This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

There sure was a fair chunk of criticism over news not being relevant, local or quite hard enough.

The fact is our main focus will forever be local news, but sometimes readers have to share with other readers.

That is, while one person might only want stories about politics and the council, another reader wants international news.

Another reader out there wants entertainment, and someone else might want business news.

Business news might bore some people to sleep, and those people would probably prefer quirky, offbeat news.

What is relevant to one person isn't always relevant to another. 

The online medium gives us endless space to give as much news as we can and a varied assortment for anyone from teens to stay-at-home parents to workers to business people.

The quirky, international or topical news we post doesn't lessen the number of local stories you get (we have online teams who work on a mixed range of news while our local reporters tend to your community).

While we'd love to give each and every one of you a tailored experience, it's just not possible, although we do try our best!

That's why we provide as much varied content as possible, so hopefully no one is bored to sleep, and hopefully we can post at least one thing per day on our Facebook page or website that will interest you.

And a big thanks to everyone who took the time to tell us what they think - we've taken your thoughts on board and we look forward to continual growth. 

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