Bedford Independent is live and we’ve hit the ground running

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Bedford Independent Stories
The Bedford Independent launched on 28 November 2018

“Our mission is to inform and inspire our readers to engage with local matters, take part in community action, shop local, attend local events, and exercise their right to decide who we choose to represent us in all levels of government”

This month news reporting in Bedford jumps into the 21st Century with the launch of the Bedford Independent, a new online news desk.

Poppy Bridge
Our video about Bedford’s ‘Poppy Bridge’ was viewed by over 111,000 people.

The Bedford Independent soft launched on social media in August and has already published 165 stories and achieved a readership of over 250,000 a month. Now our website has launched, we can deliver high-quality, genuine news to even more people.

We’ve already kept you informed from the scene of fast-moving news stories and broadcast live from local events.

We’ve shared emotive stories about local people and helped find missing loved ones. We’ve followed campaigns fighting education restructures and launched our Shop Local campaign to support all local businesses.

Trust in journalism

As a responsible news desk our editorial will be of the highest quality. In an age where fake news is rife and ‘churnalists’ are simply copying and pasting whatever line they’re fed, our editorial team will seek out the true story and provide balance at every possible turn.

Parking Charge Freeze
We looked into the truth about Bedford’s parking fees and how they compare to other towns.

We’ll be regulated by Impress Standards and will abide by their code of conduct. This means we’ll protect our sources and also respond and investigate any challenge to our editorial. This will mean our readers can trust that what we write is genuine high-quality editorial, whatever the subject.

All our journalists will also be given the opportunity to join the National Union of Journalists and they’ll receive training to ensure they’re able to carry out their duties passionately with the utmost professionalism.

“Bedford needs a strong voice. The Bedford Independent might just be the answer”
– BBC’s Roberto Perrone

Our editorial won’t take sides. If our local authority does something right, we will say so. If they do something wrong, we’ll find out why. If action is needed at a community level, we’ll help raise awareness. If a fellow Bedfordian does something above and beyond we’ll celebrate their achievements.

We can only do this if our editorial is accurate, unbiased and comprehensive. Bedford Independent readers will then be armed with exactly what is needed to make an informed decision about things that matter to them.

BedfordIndependent.co.uk features:

  • News: Whether it’s business, politics, village news, environment, health, transport or education you’ll find everything you want here on your mobile, tablet or desktop.
  • Sport: We’re building strong relationships with sports teams and clubs across the borough, so you can get more than just a simple match report.
  • Going out: Bedford has more going on than most towns and you won’t want to miss out. We’ll have weekly roundups of what’s happening right on your doorstep.
  • Jobs: Our job pages will help you find the right career for you. As a business you can fill that role far more quickly by targeting future employees right on your doorstep.
  • Announcements: Celebrate key milestones with our announcements page. Each one has its own link so you can share your good news or memories with loved ones across the world.
  • Property: Our easy to use property pages give you access to homes the day they’re up for sale, helping you find your dream home and selling your old one more much more quickly.

Great for Bedford business, great for our readers

While the Bedford Independent will be funded by advertising, offering excellent opportunities for businesses of all sizes to promote themselves, this won’t be at the detriment to the readers.

We’re committed to ensure our readers come first and this extends further than the content of our editorial.We won’t have pop-ups obscuring your view or surveys that have to be filled in to read a story.

town centre stabbing
We were the first on the scene when Police closed a large part of Bedford Town in October.

Instead our banner ads will sit alongside high-quality editorial and be aimed at readers who are already primed to find out more with a simple tap or click.

As we’re primarily online we can move quickly with breaking news, making sure you’re kept up to date as a story develops.

Our stories can be viewed, fully optimised, on desktop, tablet or mobile and across our social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat.

This means more readers becoming informed and more people seeing the businesses and organisations around them. A perfect balance that need not be ruined by invasive advertising practices.

“Bedford Independent is a news desk for Bedfordians by Bedfordians about Bedfordians”

But we can’t ignore the fact that some people still like to have their news in print.

Each month we will also be publishing a round-up of our biggest and most popular stories in The Bedford Clanger, so no one will miss articles from what we’re sure will become their favourite source of Bedford news.

With all this, it’s no surprise we’re already turning heads. We’ve made the news ourselves and been featured in national and local media already. We’ve also been criticised and congratulated by exactly the people we want to criticise and congratulate us.

As traditional news desks face uncertain times and struggle to adapt to the needs of the modern reader, the Bedford Independent offers an opportunity for news gathering to not only survive but thrive well into the 21st century.

Now more than ever, we need your help to fund the Bedford Independent’s quality journalism that serves our community...

We choose to champion editorial independence, meaning we report the facts without bias and can stand up to those in power when we believe it’s needed.

We can give a voice to people in our community whose voices may otherwise not be heard. And we don’t have a paywall, so everyone can read the stories we publish for free.

But in this time of crisis, many news organisations all over the world are facing existential threat, with advertising revenues plummeting. We’re no different.

We work hard every day to bring you news, commentary, entertainment and announcements from across Bedford. We hope that, with your help, we’ll be able to continue this for many years to come.

Will you help sustain our work today by clicking below ? Even a small donation makes a difference for our future.

Thank you for your support.