Just seen the Monday article
22nd August 2018
Let us see more evidence that the paper is reaching more than the online edition
or which has the greater opportunity to reach more ?
The Online Star is narrow and often boringly repetitive
The number of quick links is pathetic and the search engine crashed.
Banging the drum for the Trade Unions, Labour Party and other Socialist
idealists should bring in all the necessary revenue,
because none of them have a printed copy
or an online website to match the Star.
Frankly I blame the blinkered Star management team not the editor.
Getting the online edition started, was like blood out of a stone,
and it has developed into a rag for pulling teeth.
The last thing really believed is that the Star is run by its readers.
Because firstly I don’t know who the readers are as they are never revealed.
Secondly the Star is a Socialist media of the left
but to me its protecting its small corner, when it
should be offering space at a price and be more inclusive.
That way it is entitled to ask the contributors for publicity and financial support.
See what Rightsandwrongs.co.uk has that the Star does not have
and I refer to its set up not its content.
I don’t need to spell it out because Ben Chacko and others check the site,
which I have been doing alone for ten years without a break.
Lastest articles have a category name,
so readers can quick link those they want to see
Its not pushed down their throats.
The Search engine is quick, simple and massive.
This website has two linked website for (Damning) Editorials and History
and I would include socialist education here, not in the News copy
The centre of the site has revolving pictures
and music for those who like to look and listen
rather than read but they still tell a story.
Punch lines in the centre of the page
can be personal as they like to Fascists Racists Capitalists
Pigs and those in a Poke.
There are those out there sitting comfortably that sits there and thinks
and others that just sits.
But local issues that the Tory press refuse could be championed better.
So could the stalwarts in the socialist movement,
who thanklessly slog away get recognition.
That is were the readers come in.
Give the real people want they want –
And expose the reactionaries that try to thwart them.
Name and address withheld if necessary
But most of all make the Online edition
one of the first webbers to watch in the morning
by making it a 24 news service 7 days a week.
How do you do that ?
Stop trying to be all things to all people.
It may involve cutting your cloth to begin with
Until you discover what the Online edition really is
And what it isn’t
It isn’t a mirror image of the Printed copy which is too narrow
Start with running debates – Sunday Stories ?
Make people return
Fact not Fiction
Finally get a better webmaster and acknowledge free advice for once,
which is given because it is a shame to see such an opportunity wasted.