Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

150 Years of the Manchester Evening News

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

150 Years of the Manchester Evening News

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It's a proud milestone for the Manchester Evening News today as we celebrate our 150th anniversary.

We've been there every step of the city's journey since 1868, reporting on our triumphs and tragedies, our hopes and our fears.

Just like the city itself, we're proud of our Victorian past while embracing the opportunities of the modern age.

The M.E.N. is built on the heritage of the world's first great industrialised city, where economic might powered our growth but poverty and hardship remained a constant companion.

Great social movements and fights for equality were born on our doorstep and they are now woven into the fabric of our journalism.

From calls for better health care for the poor in the 1860s to our shocking investigation this year into hidden homelessness, slum landlords and the deaths on our streets that the authorities simply don't count.

We were there before Manchester town hall was built or Emmeline Pankhurst was born. We were there to cover the first games of Manchester United (or Newton Heath back then) and Manchester City. We've been there to report on the births, the marriages and the deaths of so many generations. We've grown as the city has grown.

The regeneration and investment that bring us a glistening new skyline and uber-cool vibe is reflected in our own pioneering digital transformation of recent years. We were born in the industrial revolution of the 19th Century and we've been at the forefront of our own information revolution in the 21st Century.

Now the biggest and most respected regional news publisher in the UK, the M.E.N., reaches around one million browsers a day. We're one of the world's leading publishers on Facebook and highly regarded as a trusted and authoritative source by Google. We swept the boards at this year's UK regional press awards, named both the Website of the Year and the Newspaper of the Year, along with a host of other accolades.

Thanks to the rapid growth of our free app, web and social platforms, we deliver live coverage day and night, seven days a week to more people than ever. And even in today's fast-paced digital world, our flagship newspaper still rattles off the presses -shifting through one million copies a month.

We capture the best of everything in one place, designed, edited and packaged in print by a team that cares passionately about Manchester.

The newsroom of today is a very different place to that of our founding editor Mitchell Henry in 1868. He surely never could have imagined a world where most readers consume our stories through the screen of a little hand-held device.

But some things remain the same.

Our commitment to this city burns undiminished. We report honestly and in the public interest. We think Mr Henry would be proud of the way we've carried his legacy forward.

The Evening News offices -Cross Street (1879-1970, main image), 164 Deansgate (1970-2006, below left), Scott Place (2006-2010, below centre), and Mitchell Henry House (2010-present day, below right) Chief reporter Neal Keeling looks back on the first 150 of the Manchester Evening News and some of its biggest stories These words were spoken by Mitchell Henry, the founding editor of the Manchester Evening News at its launch on October 10, 1868.

They remain relevant today, 150 years later, and are embossed on the wall of the entrance of the M.E.N. But we would not be able to fulfil that pledge without the public. Thanks to their bravery, courage, and civility in talking to us, at often the most trying times in their lives, we can report accurately and expose and scrutinise.

We exist not only to report on the monumental local and national events but the successes and often astonishing achievements of Greater Mancunians.

A distinguished history of campaigning is part of our makeup.

Legendary editor Tom Henry helped Harold Evans mastermind campaigns in the 1960s limiting industrial smoke and demanding the pedestrianisation of St Ann's Square -now a fine oasis of calm in the city centre. …

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