VIDEO: Behind the scenes with the Readers’ Champion - Taking a story from rumour to the front page

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Have your say

When you ask Sheffielders for their opinion you are never quite sure what you’ll get... but I have had an amazing response so far.

As Readers’ Champion it is my job to make sure The Star reflects what its readers want in their local paper.

Crystal Peaks Event - Meet the editor of the star, Jeremy Clifford and reader's champion, Nancy Fielder. Former work colleagues bump into each other at the stand, Richard Harvey and Alfred Eklid, right

Crystal Peaks Event - Meet the editor of the star, Jeremy Clifford and reader's champion, Nancy Fielder. Former work colleagues bump into each other at the stand, Richard Harvey and Alfred Eklid, right

And you, our readers, are certainly a vocal lot given half a chance.

We held an event at Crystal Peaks shopping centre yesterday and lots of people dropped by to have their say.

Editor Jeremy Clifford and I were on hand to answer queries as well as listen to suggestions.

In general, our readers certainly love their football – and lots admit to turning to the back page first.

Ice hockey is also popular with sport lovers and our coverage of Sheffield Steelers definitely got a big thumbs up.

When it comes to news, our district pages have gone down well – although some readers wanted to know why their neighbourhood didn’t have its own regular spot.

That is something we already have plans for, and will be expanding to different areas soon – watch out in Thursday’s Stars soon.

And if you think we should be including your area then please let me know and we will look at adding it to the list.

There were also pleas for more information about planning applications, more weekend events to take the kids to, and praise for our ever popular crossword.

One thing that comes across loud and clear is that our very loyal readers hold The Star dear to their hearts, and are right behind us in wanting to make it the best possible paper for Sheffield.

But we haven’t got a crystal ball so, whatever your opinion, please make it heard.

It really doesn’t matter if it is something you love or something you believe we could do better – the only way we know about it is if you take the time to let us know.

Lots of people have individual suggestions but we have also had general ideas about improving certain aspects.

Geoff got in touch about coverage of Probus Dronfield and praised the work of the paper.

He writes: “I read with great interest your excellent article in The Star, which we have delivered regularly. It is really good to have a professional explain the workings of such a good paper.

“As I do the publicity for our club, The Star has helped me obtain many new members. I have had some excellent help from Nick Ward and many members in his team. Just thought I’d let you know a message from one of your readers.”

Donna Jones was interested in how we build links with different communities in the city and ways in which that could be improved.

She had some great suggestions and we are hoping to include some of them in our plans.

Donna writes: “I think it is great that you are asking directly for readers’ opinions. I have been receiving The Star since I moved to Sheffield – for the last 33 years.

“I worked as a senior youth worker across Sheffield – the last 16 years of my career on the Manor / Castle areas, and I received the MBE in 2010 for my services to young people.

“There is a schools section which looks at the achievements of schools and pupils. But could this section include the work of the Youth Service and Sheffield Futures as well?

“Considerable work is being done with young people across Sheffield and in particular with young people ‘at risk’.

“Their contribution to their communities can be great.”

The good news is that Class Act, our weekly education supplement, is going to be given a major makeover as part of changes afoot at The Star.

Our editorial team is already working on how it will look and what it will include, so now is the perfect time for suggestions.

Whether you are a teacher, parent or pupil, why not tell us what you would want to read about in Class Act.

It is a great platform to reach other people in schools across the city – but we want to know what you would do to make it better.