Post news? Coventry Observer fills entire edition with listicles

This week’s Coventry Observer has dispensed with news and instead filled the entire paper with listicles.

The unusual move received a cool welcome from one reader of Bullivant Media’s free weekly who said: “This is embarrassing. It’s almost like it’s satire – but it’s not.”

The title said in a statement: “The Coventry Observer continued to consistently deliver big exclusives throughout 2016, campaigns and journalism which challenged authority and others. This was recognised on several occasions by national and regional awards judges both in 2015 and 2016. We took a different ‘lifestyle’ approach for one edition in the holiday period.

 “Many readers have welcomed our scrutinising stories and coverage of major issues often ignored by rival media,  even though this appears to have put some noses out of joint.”

The list of lists starts with a local flavour: the best places to visit in the Midlands in 2017, set out over four pages.

It then drifts into the generic (unless Galileo is secretly from Coventry), with:

  • A list of the greatest inventors
  • The ten safest countries in the world
  • The ten most dangerous countries in the world
  • New words of 2016
  • Top baby names
  • The top ten active volcanoes
  • And the most haunted places in England
  • The highest grossing films
  • Top ten things discovered on Google Earth.

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  2. Are you serious? “Different”?! It’s an absolute embarrassment. How Bullivant has the audacity to charge advertisers to appear in this, I don’t know.
    Another sign of journalism taking a back seat to profit. On this evidence, Bullivant are leading the way in that regard.
    As for “providing competition” for Trinity Mirror – that’s like comparing an apple with a drawing of an apple. They’re clearly not even in the same industry. Bullivant appears to be playing at journalism rather than taking it seriously. This specific publication is hardly read – and only seems to get publicity when it publishes stories which are, at best, loose with the facts. There’s no accountability either as the publication isn’t signed up to IPSO or any other regulator. The freedom to publish what they like – and they still struggle to generate interest.
    Time to throw in the towel.

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