The Area Council discussed the Community Magazine, Penistone Matters, which had been produced as a pilot for two editions.
Members discussed the positives of producing a magazine, but noted its reach could not easily be measured, and it was felt that the cover photo could be more representative of the content within. A suggestion was made to include a competition in order to help measure the readership of the publication.
It was noted that four other Area Councils produced a community magazine, and therefore discussion was taking place with the Communications to stagger production in order to reduce lead in times for production. This would help to ensure articles were more timely.
The proposal to produced two further issues was supported, and Members requested final draft copies to be circulated prior to publication.
(i) that approval be given for the production of two further editions of a community magazine for the Penistone area, with £3,362.44 approved for distribution costs; and
(ii) that the human resource requirements for the production of the magazine, and the process for signing off future productions be noted.