This news has been somewhat counter balanced by the launch of a new national tabloid, The New Day, but circulation figures for national newspapers in general are falling.
However, there is one notable exception. First News is the only UK newspaper aimed at young people, specifically those aged seven to fourteen years old. It launched in 2006 and appears in full colour tabloid format every Friday.
First News has recently celebrated its 500th issue and has a healthy circulation of around 76,000. It has won a host of awards in its short lifetime.
By making current affairs interesting and relevant, it is hoped that its young readers will develop into citizens who will be engaged and motivated in the future. It includes a stimulating mix of light hearted stories amongst the more serious articles and is helping to improve child literacy throughout the country. Special rate subscriptions are available for schools.
Let’s hope the habit of reading newspapers to keep abreast of current affairs continues.
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