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One of the first things I do when I get home on a Friday evening is to make a mug of tea and to sit down to read my copy of the Bexley Extra.
The Bexley Extra is my favourite local newspaper for several reasons.
The first reason is the generally high standard of the journalism that features in each edition. Being part of the Kent Messenger Group of companies, and having access to their resources probably helps, but certainly there is a high standard of reporting week after week, they also seem to better prioritise the news stories than some of the other local papers. There was a good example of that this week. The main story on the front page of the Bexley Extra was about a new report which showed Bexley is the safest place in London to live. This same story was the subject of a special report on pages 10 and 11, detailing exactly how the crime statistics have improved in the area.
By contrast, in another well known local newspaper this story was relegated to one paragraph on an inside page, while their front page was given over to a story about a student prank that people had mistaken for a UFO encounter, a fun story but probably a better fit for a bit of light relief inside the paper, not suited to the front page.
Other regular features of the Bexley Extra include 'Community news' 'Club news' 'What's On', and the 'Opinion' section featuring readers letters. All of these sections in their different ways enable the paper to interact with it's readership. This gives a real feel of local people having their say in a local paper, giving it a proper connection to the local community.
One other part of the Bexley Extra that I like is their three day television guide. It makes planning my viewing nice and easy and ensures that I keep the paper around the house long enough to give it a thorough reading.
If you live in the Bexley area then don't miss you copy of the Bexley Extra. It adds something extra to your weekend.