OUR HERALD: Blackwater Newsagency's Jodie Lane is confident the community will still enjoy reading their Blackwater news on a Wednesday, inside the CQ News.
OUR HERALD: Blackwater Newsagency's Jodie Lane is confident the community will still enjoy reading their Blackwater news on a Wednesday, inside the CQ News. File

The Blackwater Herald takes the next step

THE Blackwater Herald is embarking on a new approach to cover the news and events that shape the lives of the people who live in and around this great town.

From Wednesday, February 10, The Herald will be incorporated into The CQ News as an eight-page lift-out.

The Herald has championed Blackwater and surrounding areas for close to 40 years and its talented reporting team is driven to ensure it maintains this voice and delivers an engaging read.

Editor Adam Wratten said the move enabled the paper to maintain coverage of crucial issues.

In recent times, The Herald has led community updates on major job losses at BMA and the casualisation of the town's mining workforce, provided local reaction to the findings of the Royal Commission into unions and most recently shone light on the outbreak of black lung disease where a former Blackwater miner was the only one of six people who had contracted the potentially fatal disease to speak publicly.

"We will continue to follow these hugely important issues and any others that emerge," Mr Wratten said.

He said the lift-out would also incorporate a mix of community, school and sporting news.

And readers needn't worry they will lose their TV guide or favourite quiz page, which are already part of The CQ News offering.

The change to a lift-out comes after the Save The Herald campaign was launched last year, where the paper's plight was put to the community.

Like so many other businesses, the mining downturn hit The Herald, and its advertisers hard.

Mr Wratten thanked everyone for their support.

He said it was this support that played a key role in the decision to ensure The Herald was kept alive.

The Herald lift-out will be part of The CQ News each Wednesday.

Mr Wratten said while there was a change to how the print version was delivered, importantly, The Herald's online and social media presence would remain.

"I'm confident more and more people will look to our offerings in the future as the first place to get the news that matters to them," he said.

If you have any questions please give Adam Wratten a call on 0438 730 159 or drop him a line at adam.wratten@capnews .com.au.

>>If you have a story tip to share contact our news team on:

 Team leader Emma Boughen - 4980 0802;

 Reporter Rebekah Yelland ¬ 4980 0805;

 Reporter Amber Hooker - 4980 0812;

 Sports reporter Matty Holdsworth - 4980 0806.

SPECIAL edition

MAKE sure you don't miss next week's bumper edition of The Blackwater Herald.

It promises to be a collector's edition where we take a look back at the paper and its connection to the town during the past 40 years.

It will be the last standalone edition of the paper.

We will look at the milestone moments that shaped this wonderful part of the world.

And we want to share Blackwater's story through the words of you, our readers.

Please send in your stories about what makes Blackwater a great place to live and what you enjoy most about your Herald.

We will make sure we include them all.

There will also be a special contribution from Meghan Kidd, the Blackwater local who spent the past five years sharing her life with Herald readers.

Your thoughts can be sent to emma.bougen@ cqnews.com.au


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