Lib Dem News is changing. After 14 years at the helm, editor Deirdre Razzall is retiring and the time has come for us to take a fresh look at one of the key ways members can get information about what’s going on in the party.
First of all we’re going to change the format. In the age of news websites, blogs and social media there’s less of a need for a weekly publication to supply members with news.
By switching to a monthly magazine format we can do a whole lot more – features, interviews, long form journalism, debates.
We want to make sure that we keep all the things that Lib Dem News readers cherish and rely on the paper for, but, frankly, we want more of you to read it.
Around 3,000 of you currently subscribe to Lib Dem News. I want to double that number at least, but to do that I need to know what it is you want from it.
If you subscribe to LDN, tell me why. If you don’t, tell me why not.
One thing we want to ensure is that the magazine is not the central party dictating to members.
The Liberal Democrats are a family. We don’t (or shouldn’t) see our government ministers, MEPs or council leaders as aloof, distant public figures, but part of the same team. We have our serious debates but we are also fun, self-deprecating and gossipy.
If the magazine doesn’t reflect that, then it doesn’t reflect us. I’m determined to make sure it does and I want to hear from you how we can do that.
In my job I talk to a lot of members from all across the country and one of the regular concerns I hear is that you’re not always getting the information you want from the party.
We are all working hard (honest we are) to put that right and this could be one of the best ways we have of doing that.
So here’s your chance. Tell us what you want. Give us your ideas. And while you’re at it, you might want to tell me what you think it should be called.
Please email your thoughts and suggestions to email@example.com
Helen Duffett is Internal Communications Manager for the Liberal Democrats.