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My advice to the Express and Echo, would be to bring out less papers with more in them. Currently the paper comes out 6 days a week, and contains very little. I believe my last copy cost me 36p, which for something which is only fit to wrap fish and chips is really a little much. They would get a much better audience if they brought out more content less often. From my experience, the reporters and photographers are friendly enough, and they always get people's names right etc. However generally the articles are badly written, contentious and frankly it provides me with about five minutes of reading. Comparing it with local papers from other (much smaller) towns I have lived in, it is comes rock bottom. Also I don't know whether it is just me, but they seem to put the same articles in every day sometimes, with just a little addition or comment from someone else - subtly changing the emphasis but not the content! It is good to have a local paper, but the Express and Echo desperately needs an overhaul. On the other hand they always keep their website up to date, and promote arts events in the area.
The Express and Echo is the local paper for the Exeter area. It is published from Monday to Saturday and can be bought from your usual newspaper outlets, supermarkets, local shops or delivered to your door. Aside from printing local news and sport in every edition it also has a number of regular features in a pull-out section in the middle: Tuesdays- properties to rent, Wednesday - a job section, Thursday - properties to buy, Friday - an entertainment section. Unfortunately in order to fill its pages on a daily basis, it takes a rather sensationalist and sometimes downright offensive tone. Serious crimes have been presented in unsympathetic and salacious ways and increasingly it is becoming the first point of call for members of the public with petty gripes rather than a newspaper reporting, well, news. It is more often than not that it appears to be completely out of touch with its readers, as reflected in the responses to the articles that appear on its website www.thisisexeter.co.uk. This is usually followed by the paper backtracking the following day or alternatively just printing the minority that agree with its tack. The content is often very poor and it only takes a couple of minutes to read. You might ask why I read it when I dislike it so much, but I feel that I need to be informed about my local area and my partner refuses to cancel it and I have no willpower when it comes to winding myself up. It is very much anti-big business, University and general public sector work which is very sad in an area which has a great number of its readership and population working in these areas. On several occasions I have found out about a local event that would have interested me far too late from the paper. However, in all fairness, I am not sure whether this is the 'E+E's' fault or that of the venues' PR agency so am willing to keep an open mind about it. However, the paper is at its best when writing adverts promoting local businesses, particularly on a Saturday when it features local food producers and associated recipes.
The Exeter Express & Echo is the local newspaper serving the Exeter area. It contains accounts of a varied selection of news from OAPs hitting little boys over the head to how well Exeter City performed over the weekend. It is perhaps not the most intellectual of newspaper however many residents in Exeter purchase it simply to be aware of anything that may affect them or just to be in the know of everything going on around them. My personal opinion of the Express & Echo is that it always seems biased and has recently slipped further down in my estimations. I don't really know why I buy it anymore. It's very rare that anything is included of interest and the Classifieds take up a huge section of the paper, as does local sport which I have no interest in. I think the newspaper is designed to make local news accessible to all but unfortunately this means that the paper lacks news that would interest anyone with a bit of intellect. It's a dull, uninspiring newspaper that needs some sort of redesign.