Times goes daily for Island Games

By Sarah Lagan

The Shetland Times celebrated the islands’ first successful bid for
the international Island Games by publishing daily for the first time
in its history.

About 40 staff, some working night shifts, produced the papers
covering the 15 events held over six days, which included archery,
sailing and bowling.

The Times usually has a print run of 11,300, but during the games produced an extra 7,500 copies of the daily.

Sales figures are not yet available, but managing director June Wishart said that most shops so far have no returns.

the months running up to the games, the paper also produced supplements
dedicated to the games and the development of sporting facilities.

said: “We are a small paper and haven’t got that many employees, so we
all worked very hard. It was a good learning course for daily

We had two teams of journalists – one for the daily
part of the paper and one for the weekly content – as well as a team of
photographers. There was a good feeling within the company and everyone
pulled their weight.”

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