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About Us

Letter from the Editor

manchestereveningnews.co.uk is the online edition of the Manchester Evening News.

For more than 150 years we have told the stories of the people of what is now known as Greater Manchester, the most important regional city in the UK. For all of these years we have told these stories via the printed word and through photographs. More recently we have also told them through digital means, including video and audio.

Regardless of the means of publication, we have always been committed to reporting the news accurately, fairly and vigorously, holding those in authority to account and campaigning on behalf of the needs and interests of the people of the region. We are not aligned to any political party, we are supporters of the people of Greater Manchester.

Following the recent tragic events in Manchester we have campaigned to help make our city a more peaceful place, launching the We Stand Together campaign to fight hate crime and to persuade our educational chiefs to include peace studies on the curriculum of every primary and secondary school in Greater Manchester. Following the bomb attack in May we worked with our readers to raise £2.5m to help those affected.

We are also campaigning to help raise funds for Broughton House, a home for veterans in Salford, to improve facilities for ex-service personnel from across the region.

The Manchester Evening News, often known as the M.E.N. has always sought to entertain its readers as well as inform them. We lead the way in coverage of our city’s vibrant cultural and suggest to our readers the best way to enjoy their leisure time.

We report extensively and in unrivalled depth on our two world-famous football clubs, Manchester United and Manchester City, coverage which is enjoyed by readers locally and around the world.

After a long history of the M.E.N. in print, we have been proud of the rapid growth of our online operation in recent years. Reporters and writers from print and online work closely together to ensure the very best of our journalism is available to readers however they reach us. We also work closely with colleagues at sister Reach PLC titles across Britain and Ireland.

We are delighted to be a launch partner of The Trust Project as we endeavour to make it simpler for readers of all ages and from all around the world to discover more about who we are and what we believe in.

How our journalists work

Ethics policy

The maintenance of high editorial standards is at the core of the M.E.N.'s business philosophy.

Reach PLC, the M.E.N.'s parent company, is a member of and is regulated by IPSO, the Independent Press Standards Organisation.

Our journalists work according to The Editors’ Code of Practice, which sets the benchmark for ethical standards in journalism and is enforced by IPSO. On joining the M.E.N., all editorial staff complete a training course in the Code and legal refresher training.

At the M.E.N., we recognise that protecting the rights of the individual consistently comes into conflict with the public’s right to know. This means we have to make difficult judgements, sometimes quickly, which are impossible to get right all of the time. Regular bulletins and seminars give staff the best opportunity to learn from mistakes, whether our own or those of other parts of the media industry.

We are a launch partner of The Trust Project, an international initiative to make it easier for readers to find out more about the organisations and the people providing them with news, and to support quality journalism.

Verification and fact checking

We expect our staff to use their best endeavours to verify the stories being put forward for publication.

Unnamed sources

Journalists have an obligation under IPSO’s Editors’ Code of Practice to protect their sources, but we also have a duty to establish that the sources we use are reliable and that material has been appropriately obtained. Story provenance is ultimately the responsibility of the Editor.

When using unnamed sources, the company relies on the integrity, experience and professionalism of its staff.

Corrections Policy

If you believe a story we have published is inaccurate, please contact the editorial team. You can:

Once verified, we will correct the story on the website as soon as possible. Where appropriate, the fact a correction has been made will be noted on the story and/or on the corrections and clarifications page.

If you have an issue about how the M.E.N. has written about you personally or has treated you and wish to make a formal complaint over a potential breach of the Editor's Code of Practice, please see Reach PLC's Complaints Policy and Procedure.

You can also contact IPSO for advice.

Tell us what you think

There are many ways for you to get in touch with us to have your say.

Our People

Editor in chief: Darren Thwaites

Managing editor: Paul Coates

Associate editor (digital): Sarah Lester

Our Business

The Manchester Evening News and manchestereveningnews.co.uk are published by MEN Media, part of the Reach PLC group. Reach PLC is Britain’s largest newspaper, magazine and digital publisher, with a print and online portfolio reaching 38.6million people every month. The award-winning Reach PLC publications stretch across England, Scotland and Wales, with more than 150 newspaper titles and more than 80 websites. These iconic brands sit at the heart of their communities, forming part of the fabric of everyday life for thousands of people across the UK. Find out which of our regional titles is nearest you, whether online or in print.

Reach PLC is listed on the London Stock Exchange, and is part of the FTSE SmallCap Index.

manchestereveningnews.co.uk does not have a paywall and is available free to readers both on the web and as an app. As such, you are kindly asked to whitelist manchestereveningnews.co.uk if you are running an ad-blocker.

The Manchester Evening News is on sale Monday to Saturday and print subscriptions are available.

In addition to newspaper sale price, our titles are funded by advertising, partnerships, sponsorships and affiliate commission, which are regulated by the ASA.

Diversity Policy

The Company is committed to increasing the service quality, profitability and efficiency of the Company by attracting and recruiting the people who are best suited to meet the standards for the role and the Company without regard to race, creed, colour, nationality (subject to legal eligibility), ethnic origin, religion, gender, age, sex change, sexual orientation, marital status, connections with a national minority, membership or non-membership of a trade union or, unless justifiable, disability.

We pursue a policy of equal opportunities for all employees and potential employees.

Equal Opportunities

The Reach PLC Group continued its commitment to equality of opportunity in all its employment practices to ensure we attract and retain the best people. In 2016, both the number of women within the Group and the number of women occupying senior managerial roles increased to 42% of staff (2015: 37%) and 31% (2015: 24%) respectively. Senior managers have responsibility for key businesses or functions within the Group.