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Free weekly newspaper for various areas in South London, including
Bromley, Dartford & Swanley, Greenwich, Bexley, Gravesham and Lewisham.

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      16.05.2001 17:57
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      The News Shopper is quite a thick paper that gets delivered, for free, every Wednesday or Thursday, depending on when the delivery people can be bothered. It covers local news, and as you get further into the paper the areas covered expand, so that by the time you get to the leisure section it's pretty similar between all the areas the paper's produced in. This is, of course, how it should be. Obviously, the News Shopper has to pay for itself in some way, and this is done by running adverts. If there was any justice, I'd have been able to write 'adverts' there in five-mile high letters, with big neon signs pointing to it and saying "look at this word!". The adverts are about as subtle – often taking up three quarters of a double-page spread, hence the title of this opinion! What money does come in will obviously pay for the excellent LeisureTime section of the paper, with details and reviews of what's going on in the area. After this, though, there obviously can't be enough left for good journalism or editing. The news stories carried are frequently severely biased, and badly reported. Spelling and grammatical errors are rife, but these aren't as serious as the factual errors that creep through. With this being a local paper, some people can be severely affected by this. That said, there are good sections of the paper, and there are some good, honest reporters. It's worth the read – just.


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