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Started during the pandemic lockdowns in the small village of Newstead in the Scottish Borders, the Newstead News serves one of the most rurally remote regions of Scotland. Initially a small, A4 flyer with information about local businesses offering deliveries, the paper has since grown in both size and involvement. 

Originally run by volunteer editor Lisa Cowan, the Newstead News now features writing and photography by 13 contributors, with more joining all the time. It contains over 20 pages, is produced three times a year and delivered free to the 170 homes in the village. A new ‘Junior Reporter’ initiative was recently started, with children receiving their ‘press passes’ after creating stories for the December issue.

“We cover everything from village issues and forthcoming events, to nature, films, and science. To date, more than 100 people have been involved across eight issues, from writing stories, contributing to a quote or taking photos to deliveries, admin and coming up with ideas. Our youngest participants are of primary school age, and our oldest are in their 80s and 90s.” Lisa Cowan, Newstead News

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