-Words by Will Summers
Media has the power to evoke everything from emotion to education, passion to passive, and humour to heartfelt. Whether in print or in any other media outlet, it’s interesting to find how different people react to what we all put out to the world to see.
We all know society, and cultural values play an instrument part in the way we look at the world, and the media we consume. It’s clear that today, we consume more media than ever before, and at lightning speeds!
Here at Penarth View, we try to stay away from the fast news cycle that puts featuring news first above being right, instead favouring features that promote, inspire, and send a positive message out to readers in a relatable way. However, having been at the reins now for nearly 2 years, we know we don’t always get it right!
Penarth View has been published since 2012, with each Editor adding their stamp to the PV brand. John and I both have a tendency to work hard, aim big and seek perfection. We’ve learned, however, that your best isn’t always going to work. It’s here that we’ve learned not to take ourselves too seriously, and welcome feedback from our wonderful readers.
We’d like to share some of the comments we’ve received, the improvements we’ve made, and share some funny faux pas, in the hope that you too, will let us know what you think of Penarth’s magazine. You see, it’s important to us to make sure Penarth View reflects the people that read it, and Penarth itself. You can email us on email@example.com
Here are some examples!
An lovely email message from a Penarth resident
“I just wanted to say congratulations on the new Penarth View magazine. It is hugely improved, well-written and a good read.
Keep up the good work!”
An email message from a concerned monoglot
“I was very disappointed to feel excluded by an article in your magazine. Please, if you choose to do the same in any other minority language in an English language publication, print a translation.”
Needless to say, we’ve ensured at least one Welsh-language article, with an English-language translation available online, in every single edition ever since.
A delightful email message from a music fan
“I was reading your online version of Penarth View. I love it well done.
I am a volunteer with the friends of bellevue and wondered if I could use any of the photos that you have in your review of last year’s music in the park on the social media promotion of this year’s event.
Looking forward to hearing from you!”
An email message from a keen reader
“Love Penarth View. I have moved from Caversham Park to the new David Wilson Homes estate— Manor Park. Please can you deliver out here?”
We held Penarth Bakeoff and sent the winter 2018 edition to print on the same weekend. No wonder we forgot to drop in the final figure of £1,553.92 raised for Forget-me-not Chorus and Marie Curie Wales. Oops, we were all-caked-out!
“After a very successful Penarth £XXX for Forget-me-not Chorus and looking forward to seeing what our l to offer this Christmas. Santa Claus to town, with everything.”