Former Telegraph reporter returns to his roots for national article on the media
"THERE are good signs that journalism is thriving in North East Lincolnshire and I am very happy about that."
That was the verdict of a former Grimsby Telegraph reporter, who has returned to his training ground after 30 years to research an article he plans to run in the Sunday Times.
Tim Rayment, who now works as a freelance writer for both the magazine and the Sunday Times, is looking at how the media industry is changing in the face of the rise of social media and the heightened public interest the Leveson Inquiry has brought.
And details of how today's Grimsby Telegraph compares to his memories of the Grimsby Evening Telegraph during his time in the newsroom, from 1982 to 1985, will feature heavily in his finished piece.
Recalling his days splitting his "sweet addiction" between two Cleethorpes newsagents as he headed into the newsroom, he said he had fond memories of his time in North East Lincolnshire.
He said: "I arrived in Grimsby as an English graduate who knew nothing about how the world worked, and left as a shorthand-equipped observer of the world, who knew a tiny bit more.
"I learned a lot here and, today, I am encouraged by what the journalists do here.
"These are strange times for newspapers. Our whole industry is transfixed by the Leveson Inquiry and newspapers have never gone through such a period of transition as fast and as deep as it is now.
"However, here in Grimsby, the readership might be smaller than it was back then, but the strength of the relationship with the community seems greater."
He said his most memorable story from his two-and-a-half year apprenticeship in Grimsby, was when he flew out to Tokyo to quiz the vice president of Nissan on the possibility the firm could build a production plant in the area.
He said: "Humberside, as it was then, was on a shortlist of three potential sites for a new car factory, which would bring with it 5,000 new jobs.
"Nissan eventually went somewhere else, Sunderland I believe, but before the decision was made, I flew to Tokyo (after persuading BA to give me a flight) for an interview with the vice president of Nissan for a story about the jobs at the end of the rainbow.
"Such a large number of jobs was important then, just as they are important now. I am sorry that Grimsby missed out. I think my fondest memories of my time here are of the job. I loved the whole idea of journalism and the Grimsby Telegraph has always been a real newspaper in a newsy area. It was a very good training ground."
Keep checking your Grimsby Telegraph for details of when Tim's article is due to appear.