Sign up to be part of new-look YEP team for Leeds

Yorkshire Evening Post community news reporter Kerre Chen.
Yorkshire Evening Post community news reporter Kerre Chen.
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YORKSHIRE Evening Post readers can show they have the write stuff by playing their part in a bright new era for the paper.

The YEP is currently preparing to reveal a fresh look and feel that promises to get the whole of Leeds talking.

Our redesign will reflect the paper’s place at the heart of one of the UK’s most vibrant city centres.

But we are also pledging to strengthen our valued links with communities in the north, south, east and west of Leeds.

And that’s why we want to put together a team of volunteer correspondents who know exactly what is happening in their neighbourhoods.

Whether it’s a sports club winning titles in Moortown, a school getting great results in Kippax or an am-dram group hitting the stage in Morley, the correspondents will most likely already be aware of what is going on. Their new role would simply involve compiling a fact-filled weekly column about local events for publication in the paper.

YEP editor Jeremy Clifford said: “We are fully aware that our readers value grassroots news from their communities every bit as much as the other stories that feature in the pages of the YEP.

“We’re about to enter an exciting new era at the YEP and it would be great to see people across the city playing an even bigger part in the life of the paper from now on.”

The redesigned YEP is being launched to coincide with the start of the paper’s 125th anniversary year. Our first edition was printed on September 1, 1890, with a vow to deliver “prompt and accurate” news of all kinds.

The paper would eventually go on to merge with its Leeds-based rival, the Yorkshire Evening News, at the end of 1963.

For more details on how to sign up as one of our community correspondents, e-mail steve.teale@jpress.co.uk.

The YEP’s search for the new correspondents is, however, only one half of a double recruitment drive.

We are also looking for people interested in becoming part of our reader panel.

In the short term, the panel will provide us with feedback on plans for the YEP’s new-style design.

Once the revamped paper is launched, members of the panel will also be contacted occasionally for their views on major subjects making the news.

Panellists won’t be asked to give up too much of their time and will be able to choose the level of their involvement.

And, for every survey they play a part in, they could earn themselves a shopping voucher.

For further information on how to get involved with the reader panel, visit the www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk website.

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