Why your Shields Gazette needs your support

The Shields Gazette. YOUR Shields Gazette. It has been part of our communities lives since 1849. Now it needs you.

Friday, 3rd July 2020, 11:05 am
Updated Friday, 3rd July 2020, 11:06 am

It has an illustrious history. Once known as the UK’s oldest provincial evening newspaper it is now a round-the-clock multimedia operation. The Gazette - as those of us, like myself, who used to deliver it on paper rounds will know - still lands on doorsteps six days a week. But in modern times, our readers also want all today’s news and information at their fingertips via mobile phones and laptops in a fast-paced digital world.

If there’s something happening in South Shields, Jarrow or Hebburn or in our villages, Boldon, Whitburn and Cleadon, the Gazette will be covering it. Every day our reporters are out and about. You’ll see them at council meetings, at court, at sports events and in our towns providing unrivalled news coverage across South Tyneside.

Many of us have grown up with the Gazette. It’s at the heart of life in South Tyneside. Like shopping on King Street or in the Viking Centre. Or a day at the beach or Marine Park. It’s our paper. Our website. Yours too. And we are proud to represent it and bring the news to you all.

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The Shields Gazette has been South Tyneside's main news service for decades. We've always been here, through the good times and the bad.

But that devoted journalism costs money. We have to be upfront and honest with you. And that is why we are asking for the support of you, our loyal readers, to help us continue to do this by subscribing to the shieldsgazette.com website.

Our new subscription service aims to keep you in the know while making your online experience easier. This means fewer advertisements and access to our newsletters. Yes, that means there will be a charge. But we hope you will agree there is also a value.

For it will be your financial support that helps us continue to focus on the news YOU want to read about. To report more on the issues that matter to you, holding powers to account and making sure your voices are heard.

In an age when social media is awash with unregulated content, inaccuracies and rumour, it is more important than ever that our regulated and trusted voice remains at the heart of the community.

YOU are at the centre of what we do - and that is why we are asking for your continued backing. Thank you for your support.

Gary Oliver, Acting Editor