How our newspaper is produced
We send weekly recordings of local news in the Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton Journals and the Express and Echo to anyone in the area who has little or no sight or who just has difficulty reading the local newspapers. Talking News has around 60 volunteers working in teams to edit, read, record, copy and distribute an hour’s local news every week to our listeners. We also produce a fun magazine every quarter purely for entertainment.
We cover an area that encompasses Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Lympstone, Littleham, Exton, Topsham, Otterton, Yettington, Woodbury, Colaton Raleigh and Woodbury Salterton.
Every week before production an editor selects items of news in the local newspapers to be read by 3 or 4 readers whilst a producer makes a digital recording. About 100 copies are then made and transferred onto memory sticks which are then posted to our listeners free of charge in special wallets.
Our listeners are provided with a player, specially designed for people with sight problems, and shown how to insert the memory stick and listen to the recordings. After listening to the week’s news the listener returns the memory stick to the studio in the same wallet by simply reversing the address label. Again, postage is free.