SHU students help launch newspaper

Three journalism students from Sheffield Hallam University have helped launch a new local newspaper in Shirecliffe, Sheffield.

The S5 Observer printed its first edition three months ago, with the help of second year SHU students Sarah Cottingham, Joe Diamond, and Danielle Hayden.  Also working for the paper is SHU business student, Alasdair Grant, who runs the S5 Observer website.

Words by Joe Diamond and picture by Danielle Hayden

Since the first edition, the free paper has gone from strength to strength, with over 8,000 monthly editions being distributed in and around the centre of Sheffield.

To celebrate the launch of the newspaper, significant figures of the community were invited to attend a launch event held at Shirecliffe Community Centre, Sheffield.

In attendance was current MP and former home secretary, David Blunkett, who praised the work of the newspaper.

He said: “The S5 Observer will be a great aspect to the community.

“There is a spirit, there is a light there, and I think that informing, encouraging, and supporting (the community) is important.”

Danielle Hayden, praised the newspaper, and the opportunity provided by Sheffield Hallam.

“It’s an absolute privilege to be a part of something like this. It really brings out the best in a career like journalism.”

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