The News Shopper have today again revealed how continual cuts to staffing at the paper and website have harmed local media as a story again gets basic details wrong. A fire in Woolwich confuses the location and claims it is in Greenwich Peninsula.
This is almost as bad as when they recently thought an area beside Hyde Park was in Greenwich.
This is a screengrab:
It’s not Greenwich, it’s not Greenwich Peninsula and “Greenwich Peninsula near Woolwich” is simply an odd description about anything.
The story is about a fire at Leda Road in a post war estate at Woolwich Dockyard miles from Greenwich Peninsula. There are two images of Woolwich block in the story. The building is clearly in Woolwich to anyone who has ever travelled along the dual carriageway past the site.
The paper states it is Greenwich Peninsula more than once. I can only assume they are confusing flats from around the 1970s for those built in Greenwich Peninsula in recent years. The alternative option is copying and pasting incorrect information from the Fire Brigade – but any media outlet with half an idea of the area should know that’s clearly wrong.
It’s hard to blame the reporter too much here. The owners of the site have cut back on staffing for years despite pocketing millions from the Government in taxpayer funded ads denied to many local independent sites.
Those continual cuts from owner Newsquest have seen strike action in the past, and the former editor of the paper was recently let go in a process he called “undignified and unpleasant“.
What’s left is a site that doesn’t appear to know very much at all about the patch it is supposed to cover – and yet receives public money to cover.
In the breach has stepped in local sites and blogs – who often get no such support.