The Mansfield Chad is the biggest selling, paid for, weekly local newspaper in Nottinghamshire. Published in six editions - Mansfield, Mansfield Woodhouse, Shirebrook, Rainworth, Warsop, and Sherwood, news content is ensured to be as local as we can possibly make it. The Chad is read by over 73% of all housholds within its circulation area, over 98,000 readers every week.
Mansfield Chad. This is the Mansfield edition of the Chad newspaper, they do publish other editions for the Ashfield and Sherwood areas of Nottinghamshire.
I see the previous review for this newspaper was in 2001, so how has it changed? The price for one thing it's 62p to buy in the shop and 60p to be delivered so the incentive to have it delivered has lessened greatly.
It is still a tabloid format of about 100 pages and that basically hasn't changed. They have recently started a page of money off coupons and offers, always welcome at the moment.
It is well produced and the journalistic content for a newspaper of it's size is good. It isn't full of WI meetings etc as some local newspapers are. It has embraced modern technology and has a good website.
As mentioned in the earlier review the obituaries pages ( 4 of them in this week's issue) can seem a little odd if you are not used to seeing them, they have during my lifetime always been there in the same format and as a local you don't notice them. To sum up a good local newspaper, not perfect but I think just about as good as you can get.
Chad is the weekly local newspaper serving Mansfield and the surrounding area of Nottinghamshire. Published every Wednesday morning the newspaper is very popular and read by the majority of the people of the town. Copies bought in a shop are 42p each, whereas delivered copies are only 32p - the 10p saving is to encourage people to have their copy delivered on a regular basis. Each issue is normally about 100 pages, in a tabloid format. Although most of the paper is black and white there is normally a number of coloured pictures each week and coloured print is used on the front and back pages. The first about 30 pages contain the main news items of the paper and the last 6 – 8 pages are for the sports news. As I have very little interest in local sport I rarely read the sports pages, but “sporty” people tell me that the articles are comprehensive and well written. In the news section there are a few pages that are specific to different parts of the town and the surrounding areas giving local community news. On the front cover it states which area each paper relates to. This is fine as long as you have bought your paper in the area you live, however if you buy the paper in a different place it is a little annoying when you don’t see all the news relating to your own area. The paper has often spearheaded campaigns and usually is very successful in winning these, but I think this is because it only really tackles issues that it stands a very good chance of winning in the first place. There are 60-70 pages of adverts, the majority of which are for jobs, cars or houses. There are also all the normal classified sections and individuals can place a free advert for items up to the value of £500, all private car adverts are also free. Adverts can be placed in person by calling at the Chad office, by telephone or through the newspapers own website: http://www.chad.co.uk One unusual
part of the paper that I don’t particularly like is the obituary section. Here there are some long reports about the deceased person and the funeral arrangements, but what I find disturbing is that a picture of the person accompanies each report. It just seems a bit strange to me. There is a fairly comprehensive “What’s On” section which also includes reviews of new films or plays in the area. There is also a music review section here. This section of the paper often has 3 or 4 competitions each week with tickets to local events as the prizes. On the children’s page there are normally a few competitions for the younger readers, The Chadventurers. They also have their own club and birthdays are shown on their page in the paper. The paper always contains information for residents such as domestic arrangements around holiday times like when the bins are going to be emptied etc. In my opinion the letters page is a bit staid and often contains long, not too interesting letters, from local politicians. Threads of discussions rarely take place and this is a disappointing part of the paper. Overall the news coverage is very good and it would be very rare for any major event to happen in the town and not be reported in full by the news team. All the main stories will have photographs with them and the news in nearly always reported in the week it occurs. I have lived in areas before where the local newspapers seem to lag behind events by a couple of weeks, this certainly is not the case with Chad. If there is a national perspective to a local story this is normally written very well, with the local issues taking priority. Chad is a good newspaper, which is very well written and edited. If you are visiting or live in the Mansfield area then it is well worth buying this paper every week.