Skegness Standard office closure ‘bad news’ for town
This article was published on March 26, 2014 and information contained within may be out of date.
The closure of a local newspaper’s town centre office is “bad news” for the community, according to a councillor.
Johnston Press, which owns the Skegness Standard, said it was shutting the office so its reporters could spend more time out and about.
East Lindsey District councillor Steve O’Dare said the office’s closure would be detrimental to the seaside resort.
The paper’s editor Stephen Stray denied the move was about cutting costs.
He said: “We feel it is an improvement for the community because we’ll be out in the community a lot more.
“We’re very much still there, part of the town, part of the community.”
He added that reporters can work on a story anywhere and a drop-in surgery will be held on Fridays at the Embassy Theatre.
However, Mr O’Dare, from Skegness Town Council, said: “It’s bad news for Skegness.
“It’s understandable but I think it’s going to be detrimental to Skegness… A lot of people like to pop into the office.
“I don’t think it’s the end of the world but it’s a sad reflection of the way local print media is going now.”
In recent years publishers have blamed falling advertising revenue for a decline in local newspapers.