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The Manchester Evening News (MEN) is my local newspaper, that is distributed freely throughout Manchester city centre six days a week and can be picked up in the suburbs for 30p.
The MEN has provided locals with a daily newspaper documenting local news for over 100 years and it has become part of the city's heritage. However the paper recently ran into financial difficulties and it has made many journalists redundant, the editorial department is not even half as big as it used to be and boy can you tell there have been cutbacks...
The MEN website (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk) used to be the first place I'd to during the day for breaking local news stories, but I now find that they take a long time to upload local stories (the BBC usually does the job a lot quicker).
It is obvious that the newspaper has reduced the number of sub-editors working for the newspaper because more and more spelling and grammatical errors are creeping in, both on-line and within the print version of the newspaper. I've also noticed that some of the writing has become sloppy and rushed.
Although you can still pick up hard copies of the MEN on the street, there are less distributors. The stories inside in print version of the newspaper aren't as investigative and as cutting edge as they used to be either.
On a Thursday the MEN has jobs section, this used to be comprehensive and job hunters would scramble for a copy of the newspaper each week, but it seems that local companies have realised the newspaper is going down hill and have decided to place recruitment budgets elsewhere.
We all know that print journalism is dying a death, but the MEN is a prime example of what happens when you sacrifice journalists to save money - the product suffers.
At the moment I don't see how the MEN will recover, if it can recover, but I know one things for sure... it needs to up its game before another publisher sweeps in and takes its place.
We live in Cheshire, about 6 miles from city centre Manchester & although we have a good free weekly newspaper there's always a copy of the Manchester Evening News (MEN) lying around because it's such a good newspaper.
I'm not quite sure why it's called 'evening' as we pick it up first thing in the morning but there is a later edition which comes out at lunchtime.
The price is 40p & although today's edition is 56 pages sometimes it's more 'meaty' & holiday periods it's a lot thinner.
Mondays are good for businesses, Thursdays for jobs & Fridays & Saturdays are great for sport & entertainment.
The rest of the week is full of local news, events, reader's letters, puzzles, stars, weather, holidays etc & MEN markets itself as 'the voice of greater Manchester'.
Today's front page features a story concerning a 3 year old girl '999 crew takes 42 minutes to reach choking toddler' & there is a reference to our friend Martin Lewis who has a great article on 'how to survive the credit crunch' which can be found inside the paper.
There are plenty of adverts for sales in shops, cars for sale, houses to rent/buy, cheap flights & 15 pages of sport in the edition I'm looking at today.
There's a very good TV guide which gives up-to-date information & is detailed but well laid -out & easy to read.
Although there is always reference to world events & UK topical issues, the MEN obviously attracts readers who live in the north west - Lancashire, Cheshire, Manchester city centre & the outskirts of the centre who want to know what's going on locally.
- good price.
- informative local newspaper.
- very readable & easy to access specific information.
- some days better than others (it depends on what you are looking for).
- well worth a read if you live in greater Manchester or are thinking of re-locating to the north west.
manchestereveningnews.co.uk is an interesting website.
The Manchester Evening News is Manchesters free paper, and can be picked up or handed to you all over the streets and shops in the city centre.
The paper boasts a selection of local and sometimes national news, sport, business news and classified ads. They have a special on each day, including a housing pull out with a selection of houses to rent or buy, or a jobs pull out with a large selection of the latest jobs in the area.
The news itself is short and can sometimes be biased, I have noticed they seem to have something against the local fire service and sometimes the council.
The paper is also a bit cluttered with advertising, but that is to be expected.
The paper also has a website, so if you miss the jobs day, for example or need to read a particular piece of news again, you can catch up.
You cant really complain about this paper, it doesn't cost a thing so saves you a bit of cash each day.
The Manchester Evening News paper is probably the biggest selling paper in Manchester. It has more than one edition a day now , I think three altogether and in the city centre itself it can now be picked up for free - this didn't used to be the case and some places that sell it in store will still charge for it at normally 30p. However if you are going through the city centre then there is no need to as it can be picked up for nothing!
The paper covers a lot of topics including a sports section, general news and also nationwide news. There is also a travel section in the paper too, usually with some really cheap deals and the paper also has a retail section for people to sell goods.
The paper has a jobs section which depending on the day is either a small part or a full blown jobs pull out with hundreds of jobs normally advertised for jobs across the north west not just Manchester.
The newspaper also sponsors a arena building in the city centre that used to be called the NYNEX, which was then bought out and sponsored by the Manchester Evening News and is now called the MEN Arena for short.
Overall this paper has a good mix of everything with lot of local stuff and national news. It has sport, jobs, selling and buying sections and best of all you can get it for free!
The Manchester Evening News (MEN) are in my bad books at the moment, but you'll have to read the nice bit of the opinion first to find out why. This is a local(ish) paper that is published in tabloid form 6 days a week. Though Manchester by name is spans the whole of the north west and other areas of the country too - and even though at home we have weekly and daily free and not so free papers that cover a more local area, in the newsagents in which I used to work many people still asked for the MEN. It's an afternoon daily (as indeed most local UK publications are) but the time it hits the shelves depends on your location - I can get it around noon here in Manchester, but we used to take delivery around 2.30, 3pm at home. It costs 30p most days, but 10p on Fridays at the moment, and also often comes with a free bar of chocolate (worth more than the cover price of the paper) on this day. Not bad, but still not as cheap as the daily broadsheets which our union shop sells at permanently discounted prices.. I called the paper local(ish) because it is, sort of. On any given day there will be stories about the Greater Manchester community's recent activities, tales of rescued cats, troublesome yobs and littering problems. But, the paper also includes coverage of national and international news - I've not seen today's issue yet, but I can almost guarantee they'll be a lovely picture of a certain Iraqi president on the front. There is a decent selection of jobs throughout the week, and the paper also has sections that are more magaziny - when to cut a guinea pig's claw, what to do in your garden in November, the best local pubs for nights out and so on. They have a "history" section that looks back on the news of 100 years ago, but in the weird way they order their articles, this is followed by reviews of the latest computer games to hit the market. The Saturday edition has a weekend going out guide with times for cinemas, the
atres and so on. Even the "news" part of the paper mimics a trashy gossip mag at times, answering any burning questions you might have about, say, why Drew Barrymore likes her boyfriend (he's a great kisser). As with most newspapers, they also have random extras - cross words, number puzzles, horoscopes and similar. At the moment every Wednesday there's a free Christmas shopping guide in the paper, but it's nothing really special. My favourite though has to be the personal ads - I like to think they say something about the typical reader of the paper, though if the Eccles lady looking for an ugly man with a GSOH and the gay bloke looking for "discreet fun" are truly representative, I'm not sure. It's a readable paper but not one I would usually buy at the best of times (unless I fancied some cheap chocolate - it was chocolate orange bars last week, and snickers the week before). It's neither local enough to be of specific interest to me, nor inter/national enough to stop me needing to switch on BBC Business breakfast the next morning. At the moment, though, I'm annoyed with them. We had a charity event last week for which I wrote a perfectly fine press release. On the day we had a photographer but no reporter there, but were promised none the less that we'd have an article in the next day. It didn't appear then, and when it finally did over the weekend, they had managed to take what I had written, re-jig it a bit (taking out what I would deem to be essential parts of speech like, say, verbs), remove the main point of the event and print it with a completely different slant. I've never had problems with a paper before (and my press clipping file at home is pretty big - I get in our locals A LOT), but this bugged me - probably enough to stop me buying it unless there's a free sugar rush attached.
Local papers. They are a strange creature. I was brought up on the Dumfries and Galloway Standard and the Dumfries Courier. I am sure you have a similar paper. They are all usually the same. Pictures of local tots at their play school Halloween party, and local youngsters just graduated with their coo and gown and scroll looking pretty smug as they say bye bye to the regions to start a new career results from such exacting things as the local bridge society and the WRI jam making contest. Then there are the hatches, matches and dispatches and the listings of the court proceedings. What I am trying to say is the main point of reading a local paper is to find out who is doing what. Another locality?s local paper is boring as you know no one. Then there are the local papers such as the Manchester evening News (Or MEN for short) that have a touch of schizophrenia as they are not sure what they want to be. I find the MEN a very strange hybrid of a local paper who reports national news! What is the Manchester evening News? The MEN is Manchester?s daily paper. It is not printed in the evening as the title implies but is available from about noon each day (I am not sure about Sundays). It is available throughout Manchester in corner shops, newsagents and from street vendors and it costs 30 pence. On Fridays it costs 10 pence and if you are lucky enough to get it from a street vendor early enough you may get a free gift usually a chocolate bar or a drink. I find this offer great as the chocolate bar is usually a well known one and is worth about 30pence. Once I got a litre bottle of good quality lemonade an excellent bargain. It is published by the same people who publish the Guardian. The Content I have here Tuesday?s MEN here ready to undergo analysis. The headline is about some Manchester United player so I skip it. I really am not interested in football. Usually the headline is some top local story or a local spin on a national story.
What follows is a mixture of topical stories, some light hearted, some human interest and some harder hitting. There are often the latest national stories which I feel uncomfortable about. I can read the national stories in a national newspaper. Specific stories in Tuesday?s paper include a big colour photo of convicted nanny Louise Woodward because she has got engaged. Other stories include an ongoing campaign for local building Victoria Baths to win Restoration. On page 5 there is the local weather juxtaposed with information about temperatures elsewhere. Again another example of the paper not quite knowing what it wants to be. On page Seven there is the Diary. This is a column about local celebrities as far as I can gather as I usually skip it. Page 10 is a stab at international news with American granddads being charged for pirating pop music and Hitler?s film maker dying at 101. Whilst on page 12 it is back to cute little local girls winning a fashion design competition to get their drawing of their party dress made up with the chance for them to model it at Manchester fashion Week. This is more the Standard territory. I love the letter?s page. It truly sums up the Manchester Evening News There is always a debate on a topic local, national or international. The letters range from Iraq to some old dear wanting to thank someone for finding her purse and petty disputes in Stalybridge and Stockport! The main reason people buy the Manchester Evening News though is for the jobs. They have a great selection of jobs each day taking a different sector. Tuesday?s is mostly secretarial and admin. Thursdays is sales and marketing. In the middle there is sport which I usually skip. There are the other classifieds with the proliferation of adverts for massage parlours, flats to let and motors to sell. This is more like it (well apart from the massage parlours. I never recall seeing those ty
pes o f adv erts in the Standard) At he end there's the TV page another good reason for buying the MEN. On a Friday there is a great pull out section featuring reviews and a what?s on guide to the area. Again a useful feature The journalism is not bad but it is not good either. i would say it is good for a local paper but not up to the standards of a national. The Manchester Evening News is an okay paper but as I have said before it really does not know what it wants to be. It covers too large an area to be a truly local paper and its attempts at being a more national paper are very feeble. Get it for the jobs, the what?s on guide and if you fancy a cheap choccie bar on a Friday with the bonus of a newspaper to read.
The MEN has its good and bad points - its defintely the ideal starting point for a career change. I have got my last two jobs through its extensive job advert pages and its business pages give plenty of coverage on the regions companies, from the small partnership to the plcs. Local news is actually quite thin on the ground as the paper seems to concentrate on a few headline stories and relegates the rest of the days news to short paragraphs. Its definitely an easy read but does sometimes have major features - the Shipman case was a prime example. Sport is extensively covered, particularly the goings on at United and City. I am a subscriber and would reccomend it to anyone new to the area as it does have some excellent leisure features. Plus its only 10p on a Friday!!
The great advantage that The Manchester Evening News enjoys is that it covers a wide enough area to be actually reporting news and genuine happenings rather than 'Dog barks at man' or 'Schoolgirl spotted in High Street', the standard of stories covered in my most local of papers, the Sale and Altrincham Messenger. There are any number of disadvantages in the MEN, most notably in its slavish, frequently front page coverage of the minutiae of events at Old Trafford. Much of the speculation - like today's front page about Ruud Van Nistelroy's possible transfer to United - belongs on the back page. Instead, if Alex Ferguson farts somewhere in the world, there will be a three-page special report. Moreover, in its attempt to be a bustling metropolitan paper, the MEN will turn up to virtually anything that happens where a United player can be photographed. A glut of non-events held at the Trafford Centre, attracting minor United players, the cast of Hollyoaks and a couple of Northern-based page 3 girls, and the Evening News will turn up and cover it like its the Oscars. Anything involving Posh Spice or David Beckham is given blanket coverage. For all this, the MEN definitely loses one star. But in most other respects, it's very creditable. It's quite modern and well-presented with some excellent writers and superb investigative journalists. In todays Daily Mail, you may be reading about the head of investigations of a car-parking firm in Manchester being exposed as the kind of cheat he's supposed to catch - the story makes no reference to the fact that it was the MEN who shadowed and exposed him. The news coverage is good, and there is a superb Friday section which has excellent restaurant reviews (I'm eating my way around the region under its auspices) and a fine series of free movie screenings. Moreover, this Friday edition, the biggest and best of the week, is 10p instead of 30p. <br> Most Northerners must know about the Evening News, but if you don't, or if you're passing through, pick it up - it's a genuinely good read.