July 28, 2015

 DianaTuohy and Patrick McKinleyI attended the launch of Maghull Press on Friday at Maghull Town Hall.

It was an excellent launch event for what is an excellent community initiative.

Maghull Press is the latest initiative launched by Maghull Community Enterprise which is designed to give new opportunities for training people from Maghull and the surrounding area in the very competitive media industry.

The quarterly community magazine is the sister publication of the thriving Maghull Radio station which launched in February last year, but already boasts a 40-strong team of volunteers, young and older, who are running the station and getting invaluable broadcast training at the same time.

Maghull Press has the same aims. To train people in in putting together print publications, writing, photography, etc, while also highlighting the great things about living in this community.

I know that Maghull Radio has gained interest and support from some of the big broadcasters in Liverpool and it was encouraging to speak to some of the senior team from the Champion Newspaper at Friday's launch who are equally impressed by Maghull Press.

The first edition certainly achieves its aims. it is bright and colourful and it is packed full of useful information and fascinating features about Maghull.

If you live in Maghull, it will be dropping through your letterbox in the coming weeks.

But the key thing about all of these initiatives is that they give local people the opportunity to try their hand at something new, to gain new skills and who knows, maybe even find a new career.

Lots of young people tell me when I am on visits to our fabulous local schools that they want to become journalists, photographers, DJs and presenters.

Maghull Radio and now Maghull Press gives these young people an invaluable foot in the door.

Congratulations to everyone at Maghull Community Enterprise for their fantastic work on this project, including Patrick McKinley, Lynn Gatherer and Diana Tuohy.

Maghull Press is a brilliant community publication and I am already looking forward to the next edition in the autumn.


Diana Tuohy, Patrick McKinley and Bill Esterson.

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