It is our absolute privilege to welcome you to LouthNow.ie, a brand new news and sport website serving county Louth, its inhabitants and family and friends across Ireland and around the world.
Today’s launch marks the end of a long and arduous journey for the team behind this new venture – and the start of an exciting new one for us all. This time, it’s a journey on which we can bring you – our readers – along too.
We have striven for many months to strategise, develop and bring to fruition our new journalism brand. It is with immense pride that we can finally bring the finished product to your devices today.
Our aim is to provide readers, listeners and viewers with innovative, personalised and contextualised local news direct to you – seven days-a-week. This will be news that matters to our readers delivered by a trusted source at the heart of the county and the story.
Journalism should be about quality, not quantity. Producing journalism of value is our goal, reporting with the authority to become a necessary, vital, surprising and entertaining part of your daily intake of local news.
Ensuring our users are given access to the full story – all the facts and context surrounding them – is an integral part of our mission.
Innovation also plays a key role in our approach. How users access news is ever-evolving with new technologies presenting new opportunities for delivery and consumption.
“The team behind LouthNow.ie feels passionate about delivering the best news service to readers based locally and around the world. ”
- Barry Landy
To accompany our traditional text output, we have invested in creating a unique audio suite of news and sport offerings. These include the LouthNow.ie Audio Bulletin – available daily on smart speaker devices such as Amazon Echo and soon Google Nest. The bulletins will also be available to listen to on Twitter and via WhatsApp.
Our audio bulletin is Ireland’s only local news smart speaker bulletin. Infact, it is one of only three news bulletins produced for smart speaker listening in the entire country.
In addition to that, LouthNow.ie’s bi-weekly podcast series ‘The Wee Hour’ launches next month, alongside The Louth/Soccer Podcast. Hosted by Editor-In-Chief Barry Landy, the former will include feature interviews with interesting people from across Louth.
Visitors to LouthNow.ie will also be offered the option to personalise their homepage based on their location – Dundalk/north Louth, Ardee/mid Louth and Drogheda/south Louth – meaning you can tailor our news and sport coverage to show what matters most to you.
Our twice weekly newsletter, WhatsApp news alert service, #LouthLive blog and innovative Story Timeline feature are just some of the other elements our news readers will be able to explore and avail of at their leisure.
Social Media offers the chance to engage with readers, listeners and viewers in a meaningful way. We are active and available on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat – providing regular news and sport content including live text and audio updates, video content, Facebook Live and in-depth social storytelling.
“Readers should be informed when they access news. They should come away with their questions answered. Whatever their beat, journalists should be an authority on the topics they cover. We believe in providing quality journalism in an innovative way.”
- Barry Landy
LouthNow.ie aims to deliver exciting new solutions to delivery quality local journalism. The goal is not merely to survive, but to thrive. Journalism is at its best when new techniques and technologies are combined with traditional reporting skills.
Our multi-platform approach will ensure we are where our readers are every day. When properly engaged and informed about issues, people have the power to affect change. Promoting civic participation is key for us.
Thank you for visiting LouthNow.ie. We hope you enjoy having a browse around, reading our content and familiarising yourself with the website. If you’re interested in local news, sport, business, life, culture or education, we think you’ll be back soon.
Bookmark us, favourite us, subscribe to the newsletter, sign up for WhatsApp news alerts, like us, follow us, add us, listen to us, watch us, download our podcast, contact us, send us your feedback, support our advertisers, advertise with us. Be a part of it.
This is the start of a bright new era for local journalism in Louth.
Barry Landy is the founder of Longshot Media and the Editor-In-Chief of LouthNow.ie.
Barry has a decade of extensive experience in journalism, having graduated from Staffordshire University with a BA Hons in Sport Journalism in 2013. He has worked on a freelance basis for the Irish Independent, Irish Daily Mail, Irish Examiner, RTE.ie, eir Sport (formerly Setanta Sports), Sky News, The Irish Sun, Irish Daily Mirror, Irish Daily Star, The42.ie, DAZN Group (formerly Perform Group) Drogheda Independent and Dundalk Democrat.
From 2015 to 2018, Barry served as Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief of hyper-local news and sport website ThisIsArdee.ie. Barry is a fully accredited journalist and member of the National Union of Journalists and the Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland.
LouthNow.ie is published by Longshot Media. For readers information, a select number of articles originally published on ThisIsArdee.ie between January 2017 and January 2018 are now available to read here on LouthNow.ie. These articles are clearly marked as having been originally published on ThisIsArdee.ie.