Regionals clear decks to cover the bombing

Evening papers around the country swung into action to break news of the London blasts.

The
Evening Mail in Birmingham found out about the bombing just after its
first edition went out at 9.20am. One reporter had been watching Sky
and interrupted the news conference with the information.

The story made the second two editions and on Friday the Mail led with a report that the bombers could be from the Midlands.

The
Argus in Brighton included five pages of coverage in its city final and
printed 8,000 copies of a special late final edition which hit the
streets at around 4pm.

In August the paper is bringing its print times forward in a move which will effectively make it a morning paper.

But
editor Michael Beard said: “If our print times had been brought forward
we would have missed some of the action but we still would have
considered carrying a special edition.”

The Southern Daily Echo
in Southampton managed to get a front page in its 10.30am city edition.
There were also around 2,000 copies of a special city final edition
with five pages of coverage.

Bearing in mind the thousands of
London commuters living in Ipswich and Suffolk, The Evening Star
printed its first edition early and followed the story up with seven
pages of words and pictures in two further editions.

The Hull
Daily Mail cleared adverts from the front page to allow for picture
fronts for the two main editions and a late final edition.

The paper carried up to six pages of reports and pictures inside under the strapline “Terror Hits Home”.

The
Manchester Evening News put six pages of reports in a special late
afternoon edition and there were also three pages in its free evening
Lite edition.

The weekly Ham and High Express and the Wood and Vale Express came out a day late due to the disruption caused by the bombings.

An
employee from the papers’ advertising team was on the train that
exploded at Edgware Road and gave first-hand accounts to the papers.

Wood
and Vale reporter Rob Bleaney was on his way to work when he received a
call from the newsdesk explaining what had happened and he headed over
to Edgware Road station by bus.

He met with colleague Katie Davies who was only in her first week on a newspaper.

Both
papers scrapped their first pages and published different covers
tackling the local angles, the Wood and Vale covered Edgware Road and
the Ham and High concentrated on King’s Cross.

The two papers
plan to follow up the story next week focusing on deterring any racial
backlash or Islamophobia in the highly populated Muslim community.

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