Old Trafford News was formed in 1997 as a black and white, photocopied, free community newsletter. In 2002 it was taken over by St John's Centre and relaunched as a full-colour quarterly, voluntarily produced by residents, for residents. The aim has always been to entertain, inform and inspire this community to take action to improve their lives and their community and to hold local powers to account. With a free distribution through 10,000 letterboxes and another 2,000 collected from pick-up centres, OTN has always strived to make Old Trafford a better place to live and work for everyone.
We believe Old Trafford News is the best independent, not-for-profit community magazine and website in the country. But OTN is so much more than that. Many skills are required to produce a magazine and website to our high standards, and OTN offers free training, support, advice and volunteering opportunities to around 50 volunteers every year. Many of our volunteers have used OTN as a springboard into employment or further education, including many who have gone on to careers in journalism, photography and design.
In 2010, the OTN team established a new community owned, not-for-profit social enterprise, OT Media Plus, to manage this project and expand our activities.
If you live in or around Old Trafford and would like to volunteer or be part of the OTN team in any way, we'd love to hear from you.
If you would like to find out how the team behind OTN can help you develop your own community media, or commission from our catalogue of services including writing, design, photography and consultancy work, please visit the OT Media Plus website.