Community newspapers will soon make a return to the Moreton Bay Region’s northern and southern districts, after a successful year publishing in the eastern pocket.
Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism (MBRIT) has been publishing a free community newspaper called Dolphins News for residents on the Redcliffe Peninsula, Deception Bay, North Lakes, Mango Hill and Griffin for the past 12 months.
MBRIT Chairman Shane Newcombe says Dolphins News will be rebranded as part of the expansion and all three papers will be known as Moreton Daily News. They will publish fortnightly.
“The name change reflects the papers’ connection with our online community news website, Moreton Daily, which we launched during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 to give residents positive and useful community news,” Mr Newcombe says.
“We’ve had awesome feedback from the community, grateful for a platform that is not full of ‘doom and gloom’ news and one that actively brings people together.
“Our community newspapers have the same philosophy – delivering the good news you’ve been waiting for to your home.
“We will deliver 150,000 copies of Moreton Daily News to households in the north, south and eastern pockets each fortnight.”
Mr Newcombe says while the newspapers will share a masthead and philosophy, they will publish content specific to their communities.
“People have been telling us they need a community newspaper to keep them informed of what is happening around them. They want easy to access to news, events and community sport. They also love reading about the community heroes making a difference and business success and innovation,” he says.
“Advertisers are also calling for an easier way to reach their customers, particularly those in trades and services. Moreton Daily will take their message straight to households every fortnight.
“We are really excited about the expansion and look forward to giving readers a taste of what we can do, when we publish a special edition for the north and south districts on December 8. Full fortnightly distribution will kick-off on February 2.”
The newspapers will be published by team of experienced journalists and advertising consultants, who between them have almost a century of industry experience.
They are: Kylie Knight (Senior Editor), Nick Crockford (Northern Editor), Jodie Powell (Southern Editor), Stacie Davey (Senior Client Relationship Manager), Jenna Armstrong (Client Relationship Consultant), Lubica Urbanska (Senior Graphic Designer), Anika Julie (Graphic Designer) and Dominika Lis (Photographer).
“We have spent the past year building a strong team and we’re ready to take the next step. Readers and advertisers have overwhelmingly told us they want a printed newspaper delivered to their homes filled with community news they can use,” Mr Newcombe says.