What NEED does this meet?
A central place to help people write a letter to their local newspaper. For individuals, it makes it easy to find out what local newspapers you have, and it saves you having to look up the address. For organisations (e.g. campaigining charities) it makes it easy to encourage your supporters to write to their local newspaper.
What is the APPROACH?
The same interface as WriteToThem. Enter your postcode, it shows newspapers with circulation in/near that area, and brief info about them. You choose a newspaper, and write your letter to the editor. A few weeks later, it mails you to see if your letter was printed or not.
What are the BENEFITS to people?
It will encourage more people to publicise and share their problems and opinions in their local community, via their local newspaper.
What is the COMPETITION?
The newspaper society has a database of local newspapers http://www.nsdatabase.co.uk/. But it has no feature to search by postcode, or to directly write to them.
What BUDGETS & LOGISTICS are required?
Fairly cheap, as we already have part of the code to screenscrape the Newspaper Society database, and maintain changes to it.