March has been a particularly successful month for weekly newspaper, the Isle of Wight County Press, in print and online.

In February, we reported that the newspaper was confirmed as the biggest selling local weekly newspaper in the entire country.

In March, it was the online version, that the team was celebrating.

Not only was it the most visited news website on the Isle of Wight, it recorded a 35 per cent hike in year-on-year visits.

Recently, the newspaper launched a WhatsApp channel, widening its range of social media outlets.

On March 26, the Isle of Wight County Press was commended at the prestigious 2024 Newspaper Awards in London. The paper, in its 140th year, was shortlisted for the local weekly newspaper of the year award for the second year running.

Among the top stories viewed by readers in March were a large landslip just off the Military Road in Atherfield, a grey seal caught on camera spitting at a sea eagle, eight directors stepping down at Red Funnel and complaints a St Helens beauty spot looked like a 'bombsite'.

Front page stories in print included warnings from farmers over attacks on sheep, a youth arrested over a horror crash, Ventnor residents forming a group to tackle transport and road closure issues, and a new blow for derelict Ryde Arena.

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