Park Ridge News Ramps Up It’s Hyper-Local News Service To Logan West
Logan West’s local news service, Park Ridge News, has renewed its commitment to publishing in print, stories that celebrate the people, places and events that make Logan West a great place to live.
Since launching their first issue in December 2018, the Park Ridge News has grown from strength to strength publishing hyper-local news and stories distributed to 20,000 homes and business every month. With plans to increase their distribution to 30,000 over the next eighteen months, the paper seems to be bucking the trend.
Its informal style aims to give residents and community groups a platform to share what is happening in the neighbourhoods and public spaces of the community. “Anyone can write a story for Park Ridge News”, said organisation founder, Paul Jackson. “It’s a grassroots publication, by locals, for locals. The primary criteria for any story is, ‘Does it celebrate what we want to see more of in our community?’”
All of the writers for Park Ridge News are currently volunteers from the community. “We hope to be putting on our first journalist before the end of 2020 to cover more of the public interest news”, Paul said. “We’ve also just put on a School-based Trainee from Marsden High School who has been helping with research and information gathering for stories.”
The PRN coverage of the Logan City Council elections in Divisions 7, 8, 9 & 11 increased the popularity of the magazine and raised its online profile to more than 3000 followers on Facebook (@parkridgenews), and stories across the website (www.parkridgenews.com.au) averaging 2500 visitors every month.
“Now, more than ever, our community needs a way to celebrate real people doing ordinary things. Life and family and community is much bigger and way more real than the 24 hour news cycle”, Mr Jackson said. “I hope that the Park Ridge News can play a part in highlighting the beauty and goodness of the people we live amongst, and that community is interested in getting behind something like that.”