Who are we? Other Side of Solihull is a not-for-profit blog covering news and events in North Solihull (Castle Bromwich, Chelmsley Wood, Smith's Wood, Kingshurst & Fordbridge and Marston Green). The site was set up in 2014 in response to widespread cuts in local journalism. The decision to no longer deliver weekly newspapers in the area had robbed communities of a proper news outlet and we believed this site could help fill a hole. A year later we launched a regular digital newspaper to complement our blog posts. It's our aim to give residents a voice, speak up for the community and provide clear, accurate information about what is happening where you live.
1. No clickbait: We are a local news site and proud of it. We have no interest in recycling stories about z-list celebrities or a murder in Liverpool because they will get a lot of hits through Google. There are other places you can read that coverage and we believe that the local press has been wrong to put so much emphasis on this type of content. With this in mind we are focused solely on North Solihull.
2. Balanced coverage: The site strives to remain fair and impartial at all times, including in its coverage of political matters. We believe it is the job of journalists to report the facts, present both sides of the argument and let our readers decide.
3. Light and shade: North Solihull is a community full of good people, where a lot of good work is done. We will challenge the negative perceptions of the area and promote success stories. That said, we believe it is important not to gloss over bad news or ignore problems such as crime when they arise. Only by covering a broad range of events and incidents can people be kept properly informed.
4. Council coverage: We will hold those in power to account. One of the sad consequences of cuts in local journalism is far too little time is being spent covering the movements of those elected to represent us. Yet their decisions - be it allowing building on part of Babbs Mill or cutting funding to an Adventure Playground - affect thousands of residents. Our editor has been reporting on Solihull Council for over ten years and we take pride in providing regular updates on meetings and how decisions will affect you.
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Get Involved: We are always keen to hear from local residents. If you have a story, complaint or just a suggestion of the sort of thing you'd like to see on this site then please get in touch. We are also open to comment pieces or features relevant to the local area if people want to contact us with their submissions. For younger people who want to pursue a career in journalism or writing generally it could be a good opportunity to put some pieces together for your portfolio.