MEN coverage of terror attack 'exceptional local journalism'
25 May 2017
Coverage by the Manchester Evening News of the Manchester Arena terror attack is an example of ‘exceptional local journalism’, the Society of Editors has said this week.
Speaking in the wake of Monday's attack which killed 22 and injured more than 100, the Society said that the regional daily’s coverage had kept both the local and international community informed of developments in the aftermath of the atrocity and that its journalists should be applauded for the work they had produced under difficult circumstances.
The Society said: ““In terrible circumstances, the Manchester Evening News has this week proved that local newspapers are an essential and valued source of information in their communities.
“Not only did the paper’s journalists work throughout the night to put together 34 pages of coverage in the immediate aftermath of the atrocity, they have continued to provide comprehensive, sensitive and informative updates on a daily basis in the wake of the attack. A fundraising appeal set up by the paper to support the victims of the bombing has also raised more than £1 million in a matter of days.
“In what must have, at times, been challenging and difficult circumstances, the paper has produced timely reports, asked the difficult questions and provided a voice to a community that is both grief stricken and united.
“An example of truly exceptional local journalism, the MEN’s coverage has provided a trusted and valued source of information and updates for the people of Manchester and a national and international community that stands by its side.”
For comprehensive coverage of the Manchester attacks visit www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk and to donate to the Manchester Evening News’ Just Giving appeal visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/westandtogethermanchester