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10,000 stories… Newcastle Weekly celebrates major milestone


The Newcastle Weekly has undergone many changes in recent times but it hasn’t stopped the daily news cycle.

The locally-owned media outlet, which welcomed new ownership in June, published its 10,000th online story this week… not a bad effort in just two-and-a-half years.

On average, that’s 333 yarns – dedicated to current affairs, community, sport, property, business, lifestyle, entertainment, food and wine – per month.

And, even better, it’s all free since it’s not hidden behind a paywall.

Although Newcastle Weekly began its print journey in May 2015, serving the people of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Cessnock and Port Stephens, it didn’t join the world wide web until April 2020.

Back then, the editorial team uploaded its inaugural offering, a joint City of Newcastle-NSW Police-Little Blue Dinosaur Foundation road safety campaign targeting holidaymakers and Novocastrians.

From that point, there’s been no stopping the hard-working crew, who have constantly chronicled the goings-on – good and bad – within the Newcastle and Hunter Valley regions.

We’ve broken big stories, such as the body of a man being located near Strzelecki Lookout in January 2021 to the Wickham factory fire in March this year, and we’ve delivered everything from flooding to fireworks, individual excellence to team achievements, politics to council developments, police to criminal activity, latest commercial ventures to state-of-the-art innovation, and much more.

But, importantly, we’ve covered the issues that matter most to you, our reader.

“It’s [10,000] a huge achievement that we’re extremely proud of,” editor Rod Thompson said.

“It is also a credit to our journalists and photographers, past and present, for their diligence and commitment.

“At one stage, I didn’t think we’d reach the milestone after our closure in May.

“However, thanks to Nicole and Ryan Shelley, and the support of recent advertisers, we were offered a lifeline – and we’ve grabbed it with both hands.

“We’ve documented the region’s unsung heroes, the new businesses putting the Hunter Valley on the map, the beautiful homes that showcase our unique style, the plethora of talented sportspeople; they’re now part of recorded history.

“It’s a privilege to serve the community in such a way.”

Here’s to the next 10,000.

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