The latest news from the Doncaster Free Press relaunch

Launching a new look Epworth Doncaster Free Press.
Launching a new look Epworth Doncaster Free Press.

Welcome to my third blog as we mark a momentous day in the history of the Doncaster Free Press with our new look title hitting the news stands for the first time.

Welcome to my third blog as we mark a momentous day in the history of the Doncaster Free Press with our new look title hitting the news stands for the first time.

We have been busy of the last few months listening to your views of what you think of your paper and what you would like to see included.

I am grateful to all those who took a few moments of their time to share views. I speak for everyone here at the Free Press when I say your feedback, which we have tried to incorporate in the new look paper, has been greatly appreciated.

However, this is not the end of the process and I would still like your valuable contribution on what you think of the new look paper. We will continue to take these views on board.

Although the price has gone up to 95p there is still a great opportunity to get your Times for just 67p a week - a saving of 25 per cent - with our subscription offer.

It’s easy to sing up visit

There’s a number of easy ways to get in touch with us with your views.

Email me at telephone 01302 347264, send a Tweet me @kathfinlay1 or leave a message on our website, or on our Facebook page.

Welcome to my second blog as we enter the the last weeks of our run up to relaunching the Doncaster Free Press.

There are only two weeks to go until our big relaunch.

We’re just putting the finishing touches to the dummy edition, testing that the new designs look right and that all the technology works.

We’ve also been spending time refining the new-look content to make sure that it reflects the content that you’ve told us that you want to see in your local paper. It was great that so many people took the time and trouble to send us their views.

It’s not too late if you want to have your say now, just email me or via twitter @kathfinlayDFP1 or phone me on 01302 347264.

So what have you told us so far?

Well, it’s your paper so you’d like to see more of your views and opinions. So our popular letters section will be expanded to three pages every week and it will include your photos too.

You will have noticed our two columnists, mum, journalist and author Veronica Clark and reporter Kate Mason, who will be continuing to share their views on life with us.

As well as news coverage, we’re introducing more in-depth features to explore serious issues in depth or to entertain with a look at the lighter side of Doncaster life.

There’ll be longer reads in our sports section too, with a new club focus section and features on minority sports.

We always get a very interested response from our nostalgia, retro and heritage features so we’ll be running more of these. We’re always pleased when you contact us to share your memories with us too.

I’ll update you on more on our planned content in my next blog.

In the meantime, keep your suggestions coming.

If you are a regular reader you will have seen examples of our new pages on Page 2 of the newspaper each week.

We have also been featuring pages on the website and asking people to give their views by voting in a weekly poll.

We are listening - we want to know what you would

like to see in your local paper as we make changes.

We’re bringing in a smart new design, so that your newspaper is packed full of local

features, sport, and special offers as well as motoring deals, new homes and jobs.

There are also some great new features including columnists and extra pages of letters and reader photos.

The price of your newspaper went up last year and there will be another increase in 2013 . Like so many businesses in today’s

economy, we face a battle against growing costs, but at 90p - less than the price of a pint of beer

or a cup of coffee - we believe that your newspaper represents fantastic value for money.

We are absolutely committed to giving you the best local news service around in print and online and

ensuring that we are able to provide quality journalism in our area.

And there’s an opportunity for our loyal readers to save 25% on

your newspaper by taking advantage of our great subscription deal, which means you

can actually save money on the current price.

Graeme Huston, South Yorkshire Newspapers’ editor in chief, said: “We will never forget that our job is to serve the community we have

been part of for so long. Times change and we must change with them, but our commitment to

you and your news remains stronger than ever.

“The price of the paper has risen but we believe it is

still great value. We promise we will always continue to report the issues that matter to you,

challenging local authorities and campaigning on your behalf.”

If you would like to get in touch with your views on the paper or how we can change for the better please email me at or telehpone 01302 347264 or leave a message on our Facebook page. you can also send me a Tweet @KathFinlayDFP1