Leys News is a highly successful community newspaper that was established over 18 years ago. It serves the South East corner of Oxford known as Blackbird Leys and Greater Leys, and in the last four years has grown from being a bi monthly publication to a monthly publication. We now also produce community newspapers for six other areas of Oxford and four in Reading, with more to follow in 2015 following the creation of our umbrella organisation Community Media Group.
Leys News provides a comprehensive news and information service for local residents, giving everyone the opportunity to contribute to the content of the paper and enjoy the feeling of 'ownership' that this offers.
We provide training and learning opportunities for volunteers in our office and working with Oxford Brookes University deliver Community Journalism Training Courses which are run by Sarah Edwards, the newspaper's editor who has worked in journalism for 24 years.
The Leys News office is run by Business Manager John Charlton who has run and managed many businesses and has been pivotal in moving the paper from a bi-monthly to a monthly publication. All our design and art work is created by Julian Dourado, an experienced and talented graphic designer and page layout artist.
Our team is built from professionals who have worked in the business/corporate world, mainstream media and broadcasting and the third and public sectors.
Using the skills and experience that we have brought to Leys News, we are now offering a 'COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER TOOLKIT' package that can help communities across the UK to launch their own community newspapers.
We recognise and understand the importance that community projects play in enhancing the lives and expectations of people. Leys News has provided many people with free training and the chance to realise their ambitions and create aspirations for their futures and those of their families. Many of our volunteers have gone on to take further training that has led to employment opportunities; others have experienced an increase in self-confidence and awareness that they would not have been able to achieve outside of a community project. We have opened our doors to everyone and embrace the diversity that working in these communities has to offer.
Now we want to spread this message further and offer other communities the chance to create their own newspapers and experience the success and life improvement opportunities that we have been able to offer.
By investing in our "COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER TOOLKIT', communities will be able to take advantage of our direct skills, experience and professionalism to create their own thriving and truly local newspaper while also offering local people some potentially life changing opportunities for self-improvement.