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The Oxford Mail's weekly broadsheet sister paper.

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      09.04.2001 23:04
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      The Oxford Times is a weekly newspaper covering the local news in Oxfordshire. It is owned by the same company as the Oxford Mail, and therefore tends to cover the same stories as that daily paper, but it is a broadsheet, and consequently its stories are a little more in depth and there are bigger supplements. The quality of the newspaper is pretty high, and it reports most important Oxfordshire stories. It has been published since the middle of the 19th Century, so has something of a traditional standard to keep up, which it does. The paper costs 50 pence, which is good value. It has an extensive news section, a letters page and a lengthy sports section. Local papers have an important role in providing the community glue that holds regions together, something that is particularly important in areas like Oxfordshire which are rapidly becoming full of sleeper towns, in which you are more likely to meet your neighbour in Tesco than in the street. The Oxford Times fulfils this role through being the place to put notices and private announcements. It does not betray this trust by being party political. The editorial policy is clearly non-partisan, and will condemn or applaud councillors’ / MPs’ behaviour according to its merit and not which party the person responsible is a member of. Each week there are two property pull outs, a classified/jobs supplement and a weekend / features section. There is also a monthly magazine. The property pullouts cover all kinds of houses from affordable first homes to million pound north Oxford mansions. Given that Oxfordshire is the fifth richest part of the country, yet still has many people earning a lot less than average, getting this balance right is important! The jobs section is the place to advertise jobs in the county – if you are looking for work, you need to buy the Oxford Times – again the balance of jobs advertised is a mix from domestic cleaning to executive jobs. There are also pag
      es of car adverts – something that I can’t elaborate on, as I have not made use of them myself. Therefore this newspaper provides something for everyone – rich or poor, young or old, sports fan or gardening addict. Getting the mix right is very important for a local newspaper as I have explained above and I believe that the Oxford Times manages to do this. If you are in the region and you want to know what is going on and what people have been talking about the Oxford Times is the newspaper to buy. Failing that, you can look up its website which it shares with the Oxford Mail at: www.thisisoxfordshire.co.uk

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