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Old 22-05-2015, 23:14   #1
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How the mighty has fallen

Guess that there are more than one of us who remember the days of the Accrington Observer on Edgar Street that used to publish news about the area.

The days you could walk in with a photo and a relevant local story. When you bought it to see where you stood in the local darts, dominoes and snooker league.

When it was filled with news from our local area, with on site reporters who talked to people face to face instead of just ringing up for a quote and publishing councillors photo-ops....

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Man trapped in car for nine hours with broken leg and internal injuries - Accrington Observer

A river in Blackburn in the Little Harwood area is 'NEAR RISHTON'???? And it's 'LOCAL' news.....and...It's almost copy/pasted from the LT...talk about lazy journalism..
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Old 23-05-2015, 06:14   #2
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I have been saying it for a long time - the Observer is a rubbish newspaper and in my opinion cannot really be said to be a local paper, or one that is in tune with the area it is supposed to represent.
The job adverts are mainly for positions in Greater Manchester, services adverts are also mainly for GM. The Food column - beyond a large section of the Hyndburn electorate, as is the wine. Restaurants - guess where they are.
I fully agree with Guinness - inaccurate, poorly written, many grammatical errors (whatever happened to "Proof Readers"), perhaps the staff, particularly the management should read copies of the Observer from an earlier era and see what a local area should be.
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Old 23-05-2015, 14:38   #3
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It's not Accrington Observer anymore. We have never bought any since it was published in Rochdale.
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Old 23-05-2015, 18:20   #4
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Guess that there are more than one of us who remember the days of the Accrington Observer on Edgar Street that used to publish news about the area.

The days you could walk in with a photo and a relevant local story. When you bought it to see where you stood in the local darts, dominoes and snooker league.

When it was filled with news from our local area, with on site reporters who talked to people face to face instead of just ringing up for a quote and publishing councillors photo-ops....

Today...

Man trapped in car for nine hours with broken leg and internal injuries - Accrington Observer

A river in Blackburn in the Little Harwood area is 'NEAR RISHTON'???? And it's 'LOCAL' news.....and...It's almost copy/pasted from the LT...talk about lazy journalism..
Well yes, it's a paper that's seen it's day, BUT, what are we doing most days?

AccyWeb used to be the best local site around here, just look over the past few days, next to nothing, maybe we shouldn't be too critical until we post things of interest?
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Old 23-05-2015, 21:46   #5
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Well yes, it's a paper that's seen it's day, BUT, what are we doing most days?

AccyWeb used to be the best local site around here, just look over the past few days, next to nothing, maybe we shouldn't be too critical until we post things of interest?
Yep most of those who used to post one here have now gone to Garinda's Hyndburn Chat page on facebook, its all about local history and local news, no bickering, no slanging, no rude remark, very little swearing, instant ban if you try anything on, like some who used to post on here trying to change things to their liking, and most of the 1300 members have been Accy Webbers. You can't join like on here, you can only join Hyndburn Chat by invite.
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Old 23-05-2015, 22:42   #6
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I fully agree with Guinness - inaccurate, poorly written, many grammatical errors (whatever happened to "Proof Readers").
Exactly. A good proof reader would have inserted a question mark.
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Old 24-05-2015, 00:17   #7
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I fully agree with Guinness - inaccurate, poorly written, many grammatical errors (whatever happened to "Proof Readers").
And while we're at it, a good proof reader would have got rid of the unnecessary quotation marks and the use of upper case letters in Proof Readers. Whatever happened to proof readers?

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Old 24-05-2015, 00:40   #8
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the accy observer has gone the same as the Rossendale free press ... after they shut the offices in both Accrington and rawtenstall .. everything is Manchester based .. they used to have dedicated reporters who covered different areas .. now the same reporters are covering both Rossendale and Accrington ..
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Old 24-05-2015, 07:50   #9
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Yep most of those who used to post one here have now gone to Garinda's Hyndburn Chat page on facebook, its all about local history and local news, no bickering, no slanging, no rude remark, very little swearing, instant ban if you try anything on, like some who used to post on here trying to change things to their liking, and most of the 1300 members have been Accy Webbers. You can't join like on here, you can only join Hyndburn Chat by invite.
Yes, I know that to be true....but I will not be joining them...invited or not.
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Old 24-05-2015, 07:53   #10
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the accy observer has gone the same as the Rossendale free press ... after they shut the offices in both Accrington and rawtenstall .. everything is Manchester based .. they used to have dedicated reporters who covered different areas .. now the same reporters are covering both Rossendale and Accrington ..
A while ago we cancelled our Evening Telegraph feeling that it was poor value for money.....the Observer is going to get the same treatment soon.
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Old 24-05-2015, 07:58   #11
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Yes, I know that to be true....but I will not be joining them...invited or not.
Is that because you don't like Facebook?
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Old 24-05-2015, 08:19   #12
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I abhor Facebook.
I will never ever subscribe to it.
I know that there are people who say it does good things...rallying support for good causes etc, but to me it is mostly vain and vacuous.
Not for me.Anyway right now I am busy with things in real life.....that is why I have been less active on here.
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Old 24-05-2015, 08:44   #13
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I used to work at the Observer on a Friday night packing the papers for the Newsagent as they came off the press, also rolling papers up ready to put in the post for those who had left the area.

The man in charge at that time in the Press Room was called Dixon Hargreaves.

Got paid 19/6d for a hard nights work.
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Old 24-05-2015, 08:56   #14
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You can't join like on here, you can only join Hyndburn Chat by invite.
What I would really like to know is how these people are invited(poached) away from Accyweb, and didn't these former members think to try to influence accyweb from the inside??
I am sure that many of the converts to Hyndburn Chat(that name puts me off right away) were the ones who did the slanging, swearing, etc that they do not get away with now.

There has always been a choice and those who have gone over to FB have made theirs.
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Old 24-05-2015, 09:34   #15
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What I would really like to know is how these people are invited(poached) away from Accyweb, and didn't these former members think to try to influence accyweb from the inside??
I am sure that many of the converts to Hyndburn Chat(that name puts me off right away) were the ones who did the slanging, swearing, etc that they do not get away with now.

There has always been a choice and those who have gone over to FB have made theirs.
I'm not sure about this issue of being invited to join Hyndburn Chat. It's just like any other Group on Facebook; you make a request to join and are then accepted. There is no poaching involved.
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