Yesterday (August 6) the news broke that Louise Mensch was resigning as MP. Obviously pretty big news as she’s one of those MPs that just about everyone in the country knows. What I found interesting though, was the fact that alongside this article, another article was written about the fact that Mensch told her local newspaper first, before announcing her resignation to the nationals.
I don’t think it’s really newsworthy. It’s great news for The Northants Telegraph. And I imagine it increased traffic to their website dramatically yesterday. But is it newsworthy? I don’t think so.
I’d say it’s fairly obvious. Mensch wanted her constituents to be the first to know – and rightly so. Although she is a high profile MP, the people who will be affected by her resignation are her constituents. And the easiest way for her to communicate the news to them is through the local newspaper.
And yes, local newspapers are sadly getting a lower readership with each week so it seems. But that doesn’t mean they should be written off. In fact, I’d say that’s even more reason Louise Mensch was right to give the exclusive to The Northants Telegraph. But it still doesn’t make it newsworthy.
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And yes, the Press Gazette does exclusively deal with media and journalism news. So, it would be their area of expertise. But it doesn’t mean that it needs reporting in its own article.
An MP resigning wouldn’t necessarily make big news in the nationals normally. It’s only because of who it was that it’s been page leading news. If my local MP in Essex resigned in the same circumstances I’d genuinely be shocked if the news was broken by the nationals first.
What do you think? Is it newsworthy? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @wannabehacks.
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