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An ultra-modern 185-year-old

From 1829 to 2014, the Sentinel continues to reflect and serve its readership.

From 1829 to 2014, the Sentinel continues to reflect and serve its readership.

  • by Staff Reporter
 

Founded in 1829 by Londonderry Journal defector William Wallen - the Londonderry Sentinel & North West Advertiser has been serving the local readership ever since.

In fact, its been informing the people of this city of the issues that affect them for 185 years.

When it was established in 1829 the paper was printed daily and because of the city’s major commercial and naval port the paper was able to convey news from across the globe.

It has survived two global conflicts and the Northern Ireland conflict and continues to keep people informed of the issues affecting their lives.

The tradition of this paper reveals that it always embraced the most up to date technology in printing and was amongst the first to regularly harness the use of photography in newspapers.

To this end, the fast changing pace of news delivery has seen the Sentinel and its sister titles spot the changing trends and recognise the need to once again adapt to the changing circumstances within the industry.

This is just part of the reason why the Sentinel remains one of oldest continuously published English language newspapers in Europe.

In a city of 100,000 people, the news changes by the hour and to reflect that the paper has committed to harnessing itself to the increasing demand for online news.

www.londonderrysentinel.co.uk has been up and running for several years.

The Sentinel has also a strong presence across various the social media outlets, twitter and facebook and because of this you will know in advance not only what is coming in each edition of the Sentinel but what is happening around you each day -in a similar way therefore, you can let bus know what is going on almost instantly as well as letting us know your thoughts on events as they happen.

These formats will also importantly let you tell us what you think the issues are that we should be focusing on.

This commitment to new media does not mean in anyway that the weekly edition of the Sentinel will take a back seat.

In fact, what it means is that the editorial staff of the paper are better placed to get a handle on what is going on, what issues are affecting people most and allow readers to give their voice to those issues.

Another facet of the Sentinel website is the fact that we are also able to bring you video interviews online of the news, features and sports stories in your city whilst bearing in mind the political and cultural aspirations the Sentinel has represented for almost 200 years.

New technology allows journalists to continue to preserve the best traditions of the outlet in terms of breaking exclusives and holding to account political and statutory organisations charged with running your city.

There will of course also always be room for coverage of community events and the achievements of local people.

In this way it is plain that the commitment to local news remains just as strong as it did back in 1829. In fact we have again become a daily news presence in the city once more and you can find us not just in your newsagents each Wednesday but on your PC, your tablet device and even your mobile phone.

 

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