The Western Herald Expands into Lightning Ridge


Noel Fisher from the Western Herald is glad to welcome Lightning Ridge readers to the Western Herald. Photo TWH

In an age where traditional newspapers are moving online, downsizing or closing their doors completely, the Western Herald is expanding its printed editions into communities that have been left without a local newspaper.

From this week The Western Herald will now be reporting on news and events in Lightning Ridge each week.

The Western Herald is an independent, community owned news paper with an emphasis on catering to local content for outback communities.

To assist with this, The Western Herald is looking for a person on the ground in Lightning Ridge to assist with reporting for both The Western Herald and Outback Radio 2WEB.

Western Herald Operations Manager, Noel Fisher, said that this is a great opportunity for someone in the local area with a bit of a flair for writing and photography to be part of a well organised, independent, community news organisation.

“We are looking for a person that would enjoy being engaged in the community at Lightning Ridge and reporting on local news and events for both the newspaper and on radio,” Mr Fisher said.

“It may even be a school leaver or a person that would like a career change with an interest in becoming a journalist; this is a great way to gain practical experience and qualifications.

“We are offering support and training. Our crew has a broad cross section of experience across the media spectrum and works as a team to get the best result.

“One of our journalists, Layton Holley, came out to the bush as an intern at the beginning of the year and enjoyed it so much he now works for us fulltime,” Mr Fisher said.

Deputy Mayor of Walgett Shire, Councillor Greg Rummery, said it would be a great opportunity for a homegrown person with an aptitude for writing and an interest in the local community.

“We always talk about how difficult it is to get skilled workers into the bush, I believe we should be growing our own,” Mr Rummery said.