“ Local, free newspaper from Birmingham City Council. „
This newspaper is thinner than most, and is usually only about 16 pages long. This is the Birmingham City Council newspaper, and contains content which is specifically about Birmingham and it's residents. It is produced by the Council and is distributed to 378 000 homes in Birmingham. This is not the most interesting newspaper in the world, so don't expect a riveting read. I suppose a lot of the news is typical of local newspapers. The news usually covers six pages or so. In the May 9th issue, there are three different articles on the front page. One article is about visitors from China visiting the Council house. There is one article on a young girl who plays cricket. The other article is about a new antiques and craft market which will be held in the Jewellery Quarter. This last article is an example of the sort of articles that I personally find very useful in this paper. It is something that I haven't yet heard of, but that I would be very interested in visiting. This paper is more informative than other local papers I have seen, in letting people know about events and activities that are taking place in Birmingham. On Page 2 there is a Top Ten Useful Numbers list, which is useful to have around. This includes numbers such as Neighbourhood Advice & Benefits, Trading standards etc. The numbers vary every issue. The newspaper includes an Arts & Leisure Guide; as well as including arts and leisure news there is also a Going Out Guide, which includes info and contacts of upcoming events. Bygone Brum is for anyone who is interested in history, this has local history features. There is also a Where Are They Know section, to which people can write in to track lost family and friends, as well as a letters section, in which the Council answers any questions. The Job Search, takes up a good part of the paper, and is comprised of vacancies with the council, and Council-linked organisations. The jobs are catego
rised by department, which makes them easier to look through if you know what sort of work you want. It includes temporary and permanent vacancies as well as short work placements. Birmingham City Council is one of the largest employers in Birmingham. For anyone who is looking for work with the council, this paper is essential, and includes all sorts of jobs from cleaners to teachers, and accountants. On the back page is "Sarah's here to Help" where you can write in with queries and problems about Neighbourhood Advice and Information Service. As well as reading the advice given, it is also interesting to see any action that has been taken by the Council in response to people's letters. The whole of the back page used to be a children's / young people's page, but now this section is only restricted to one column, which contains letters/articles sent in by children. Nice idea, but I don't think that many children will notice it is especially for them, it probably needs to be more colourful etc to attract children. To conclude: this is a useful paper, and if you get it through your door, I'd certainly recommend looking through it. Its free, and if you don’t get it delivered you can usually pick up a copy from your local library.