The Bradley Stoke Journal’s Facebook page has reached another significant milestone by breaking through the 5,000 ‘likes’ barrier.
The achievement is the latest manifestation of The Journal’s popularity and represents a five-fold increase in ‘fans’ since we launched our monthly print magazine in May 2013.
The Journal’s Twitter feed has also seen an increase in followers, breaching the 2,500 mark around the turn of the year.
Despite the growth of our social media channels, our website remains popular and continues to be the only Bradley Stoke focused site to be listed in the prestigious Google News search listings.
Not to be outdone, our monthly print magazine saw its annual letterbox distribution increase to more than 113,000 copies in 2015, while at the same time recording an 18% increase in the average number of pages printed per issue.
Journal editor Stephen Horton comments:
“Reaching the 5,000 Facebook ‘likes’ milestone is a massive achievement for a hyperlocal news publication that serves a town with a population of just over 20,000.”
“Our Facebook page enables us to keep residents informed of important local news between issues of our print magazine. It also allows readers to easily comment on stories that have appeared in the magazine and to start new discussions by posting their own news items, which appear in the ‘visitor posts’ section.*”
“Readers can also send private messages to our Facebook page and they will usually receive a response within minutes.”
“The Journal is proud to be the town’s only locally-edited community news publication and reaching this latest milestone shows just how much local residents appreciate our multi-channel offering at a time when many other local news publications are in decline.”
*Please note that commercial postings are not allowed and all posts are moderated, so may take a while to become publicly viewable. Reader posts that are not relevant to Bradley Stoke or are not considered suitable for our corporate Facebook page will not be approved.
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