We are recruiting community agents to help us both distribute newspapers and also to gather news in the more far-flung, rural areas of the county.
Because of the decline in village shops, post office and newsagents in recent years, many long-time Journal readers have told us that they are finding it difficult to buy a paper in some parts of the county.
The new community agents would help us plug that gap by distributing newspapers to areas not currently served by newsagents.
Journal editor Brian Aitken said: “The Journal has been at the heart of life in Northumberland for more than 180 years and we want to stay there for many years to come.
“Large numbers of village shops and other outlets have closed in recent years and that makes it harder for some people to get their daily newspaper.
“By recruiting a team of community agents, we hope to make sure people can get their newspapers without having to travel long distances.
“We also hope that the relationships these agents build up would see them bringing us news for use in the Journal, both in print and on our websites.”
Agents will be working on a self-employed basis, responsible for receiving a daily delivery of Journals, building up a customer base and taking a fee for every newspaper sold.
There will also be income from stories supplied and used in the Journal.
Anyone interested in the roles, or who wants more information on the initiative, should email firstname.lastname@example.org. Support and training will be provided.