Be part of a new era for YOUR newspaper

A view west towards the Pentland Hills
A view west towards the Pentland Hills

We are launching a new, exciting era for your local newspaper.

The Midlothian Advertiser is inviting more of its readers to contribute to a “people’s paper”. Many readers already write letters, features and club or council reports for the Advertiser, and many more submit a wealth of sports items or photographs.

Readers also send us a variety of articles by email. Thank you to everyone who does so. But, you can now also join the Advertiser in other ways, either being part of a new Midlothian Advertiser editorial panel or by submitting news items on a more regular basis. You can take part more directly in your Midlothian Advertiser in our relaunch

Our reporters will still be covering the big issues with council, court and crime stories, and making sure that your Advertiser is first class.

But we want to create a panel of readers to have their say and to write directly on the pages of their favourite local newspaper. You can send in articles as a representative of a club or group, or you can submit short articles as an individual. This is a unique chance to represent your neighbourhood, street or wider community.

Do you think we are missing out on your news or do you have interesting subjects to write about that don’t normally make our columns? Contact us!

And there are dozens of events and meetings taking place each week, from coffee mornings to meetings of the Royal British Legion, book clubs, local history societies, theatre productions and live music. If you are involved, let us know. Let us publicise your event in a bigger way.

We will support your efforts with access to parts of the newspaper so that you can make quicker and easier inputs.

This is a great chance for you to start the new year with a new role in helping the community.

Your news, your views

The Midlothian Advertiser is embarking on an innovative scheme to allow its readers to help edit the paper.

From January, the Advertiser will be put together with the assistance of all our loyal readers.

You can contribute your articles and ideas to ensure that the paper fully reflects your views and your interests for the community good.

This is how it will work: We are setting up an Advertiser Panel, a group of readers from across the county who will be part of our news meetings.

The panel has an added input into how the newspaper is put together, and how the paper remains even more relevant to local life.

If you wish to be considered for a place on the Advertiser Panel, please email janet.bee@jpress.co.uk and euan.mcgrory@jpress.co.uk, marking the subject line Advertiser Panel.

Simply explain in no more than 50 words why you want to take part and what kind of articles or suggestions you could contribute.

It might embrace stories, points of view, features, photographs or video ... as long as it is local and relevant to the newspaper’s community, we want your input.

We will be revealing more in coming weeks in the paper and on our Facebook page and Tweeting about it at @Mid_Advertiser. Join us!