Peninsula News focuses on reporting the decisions being made that will affect the lives of our readers on the Peninsula, and the local activities they can be part of.
We report what is happening locally and what is planned to happen.
Plans and proceedings of council, as they affect the Peninsula, feature strongly in the newspaper for this reason.
Peninsula News attempts to remain neutral but relevant. It aims to reflect the diversity and commonality of the interests and issues of the readers who form the Peninsula community, allowing readers to draw their own conclusions.
Peninsula News aims to provide information and news that is comprehensive, readable and accurate, and is likely to encourage informed and reasoned discussion and local decision-making.
As far as possible, we aim to give local groups the opportunity to tell the news in their own words, with many articles being predominantly direct quotes from material supplied.
This is moderated by the need to keep items readable and relevant. In editing an article, we may re-order the content so that it starts with what seems most interesting, or cut parts to avoid repetition or irrelevance, or simplify sentences to convey the meaning more effectively.
Part of our role is to provide the opportunity for the community to hold its democratic representatives to account.
As far as possible, we try to serve the interests of the readers and remain independent of pressures from those interests, such as advertisers and authorities, who would prefer us to endorse their activities and decisions.
To keep faith with our readers, we attempt to be as transparent as possible about where and who our news items come from.
A community is ultimately defined by the relationships between its members. We believe that, for a healthy community, it is important to identify who is making the statements published in the newspaper, and that they do not hide behind anonymity.
In producing Peninsula News, we like to apply a version of the Rotary organisation’s four-way test:
Is it the truth?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build goodwill and better relationships?
Will it be beneficial to the community?
Mark Snell, 6 Aug 2020