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Who would ask questions and hold those at the top to account if it wasn’t for your local newspaper?

We are celebrating Local Newspaper Week at The Star this week.

We are focusing on press freedom and highlighting the importance of our right to scrutinise authority and hold the powerful to account.

In every edition of The Star you will find stories which wouldn’t have made it into the public spotlight if it hadn’t been for our reporters pressing politicians, business bosses or senior public servants.

This week we will be looking at our role in Sheffield, how newsgathering has changed over the decades and what the future may hold.

We will be organising debates in city schools giving youngsters the chance to have their say on local news.

And we would like to hear from as many of you, our readers, as possible on what you think the role of your newspaper is or should be and how important you believe local newspapers are today.

We will also be hosting a debate on press freedom in Sheffield – at a date, time and place to be announced – when you will be able to put your questions to our panel.

Although all newspapers face the challenge of the digital age, there are still 30.9 million people who read their local edition every week, making it the most widely read print medium in Britain.

The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Judge, who supports Local Newspaper Week, said: “Local newspapers are an invaluable asset to their communities. They hold those who exercise power within communities to account.

“They comment, cast light on, and where appropriate criticise the activities of local government. And they strengthen communities in other ways.

“They allow local successes to be celebrated.”

n Email nancy.fielder@thestar.co.uk to give your opinions or get involved.

n Opinion: Page 8

 

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