Living in the area we receive the Stourbridge News free of charge on a Thursday or a Friday every week. Delivery has been consistent I am pleased to say and to be honest it is the only free local newspaper that I even open.
The majority of the paper is taken up with local news stories which are usually consistently well written and objective in their reporting. As far as I am aware most of the reporters for this newspaper have worked on it for a number of years now.
There is often local charity news which includes our local Mary Stevens Hospice, who run a day center and a residential 24 hour care center. They do their own lottery to raise money for the charity and the results are printed on their own page every week.
There is a letters page where local residents can write in with any local concerns, building and planning applications and proposals as well as any other local issues which are causing concern.
The classifieds section includes births, deaths and announcements. There is also a section where you can advertise any items you wish to sell, some adverts qualify for free advertising.
In the middle of the paper there are several pages dedicated to the selling and renting of property whether it be residential or commercial properties. Local estate agents take out advertisements in this section.
There is a car section where new and used cars are advertised by both private and trade sellers as well as articles on the newest cars available.
A twos company section towards the back of the newspaper can be found for anyone looking for love or friendship whether you are gay, straight or bisexual.
Throughout the newspaper there are sections which local businesses are able to advertise and these usually include local restaurants and bars, cinema listings, club listings, what on locally for entertainment, trades adverts etc
At the back of the paper you will find a jobs section where local full and part time positions are advertised by local companies. Unfortunately this is now a quarter of the size it used to be, another result of the credit crunch no doubt!
Local sports news can be found on the back page covering football, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, cycling, swimming, basketball etc.
I have to say for a "local rag" its of a fairly good standard with well written, interesting and relevant articles. These are often of a positive nature eg fund raising as well as the usual negative and depressing stories that cover the pages of all our newspapers!
I hope to receive this publication for many years to come, as to be honest I do think I would miss it if I no longer received it!