YOUR HARLOW (YH) has just smashed through two million page views for the year.
Since we launched on July 1st 2013, with a grant from the Carnegie Trust, we have been dedicated to delivering Harlow news for Harlow people.
For the first few years, the on-line paper was our junior project running alongside our first on-line newspaper, YourThurrock.Com.
However, it was in 2017, with the obvious decline of the Harlow Star that we made a public declaration to ramp up our coverage, and publish at least sixty stories a week.
The stats below speak for themselves.
Jan 1st to Oct 8th 2014: 213,244
Jan 1st to Oct 8th 2015: 192,828
Jan 1st to Oct 8th 2016: 417,479
Jan 1st to Oct 8th 2017: 465,973
Jan 1st to Oct 8th 2018: 1,032,206
Jan 1st to Oct 8th 2019: 2,006,618
We were also greatly buoyed by our appearance on the BBC One Show, back in May. It was titled “The last journalist in town”.
If you live in our world, you will see printed newspapers closing all the time. Advertising revenue in print newspapers has fallen by 20% this year.
It does not seem so long ago that the town had three printed newspapers with busy offices.
Now, the reality is, it is one journalist, working with the help of 80,000 people.
In many ways the best comparison is the vinyl record industry. The big stores have gone but all across the country, there are little niche stores, keeping the business alive.
Likewise, YourHarlow and the newspaper industry is similar. There are over 300 similar newspapers, on-line and in print, some above shops, some in the basement of their houses, and some in the high street, keeping the flame of local news alive.
The bottom line is there is still so much to be celebrated as well as so much to be scrutinised.
So, enough of all this. Thanks for looking in, thanks to all our advertisers and sponsors and thank you to all those who make up the fascinating, very newsworthy town of Harlow.
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