When words make for a great picture (or why we should still love the news bill)

North West Tonight

North West Tonight

If a picture can speak 1,000 words, what does the picture above tell us about the power of a good newspaper bill?

North West Tonight, the BBC regional news programme for the North West of England, used a photo of a bill from the Macclesfield Express to illustrate a story about a nursery which had closed suddenly.

It certainly tells the story better in the background more effectively than the alternative shot of a nursery building the vast majority of viewers would never have passed.

But it also illustrates, to me, the enduring power of a good news bill, and the impact it can have in a community. They remain powerful tools for local newspapers.

(For readers not in the North West, the answer to the question you’re asking about the picture is: Yes, that is Gordon Burns, ex of the Krypton Factor).

 

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