Fife Free Press 150th: How churches value newspaper coverage

The 150th anniversary of the Fife Free Press produced a huge number of messages from local organisations

By Allan Crow
Thursday, 4th February 2021, 11:32 am
Montage of pages from across the Fife Free Press
Montage of pages from across the Fife Free Press

Her two ministers pay tribute.

Rev Jim Reid, minister Kinghorn Parish Church: 150th Birthday; that's a lot of candles on the cake!

When I was leaving my previous Parish on the Black Isle it was to the Fife Free Press I turned to help me get a feel for the local area. It has promoted the best of local, investigative journalism which we need in a society that falls for too much fake news.

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Local stories are varied and interesting and command respect from a wide range of readership whether in print or online: it has shown that it can be trusted.

I've been a Minister for many years in three different areas of Scotland which all have a trusty tradition of good local press and reporting: while I was at high school I wanted to be a sports journalist (so I could get into games for free!).

I always enjoy reading "The Press" on a Thursday morning, and to have an editor who is a fellow Bruce Springsteen fan is a big bonus!

Rev Donald Lawrie, Minister Auchterderran/Kinglassie Parish Church - Cardenden: With the arrival of printing, in Europe and the building of Johannes Gutenberg’s printing machine in 1450, the link between the printing press and the Church has always been strong.

To this day the Church of Scotland has its own press officer and values a good working relationship with the wider press and all news media outlets.

We congratulate Fife Free Press on reaching their 150th Birthday and for all they have done in serving community groups. We have certainly benefited from coverage given to our projects and events.

Not only has Fife Free Press spread the good news, of what the church has been up to, we have enjoyed excellent coverage of our drop-in project.

We are looking forward to emerging from the current pandemic with a determination to strive and thrive for a better future. As we make progress we look forward to Fife Free Press, doing what they have always done, and report the good news coming forth from both church and community.

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