Torridge leader's video blog

LEADER of Torridge District Council James Morrish has started compiling a successful video blog. He said: Some might call it a video nasty. But I see it as just another way of communicating with the people of Torridge in a format which, especially the y

LEADER of Torridge District Council James Morrish has started compiling a successful video blog.

He said: "Some might call it a video nasty. But I see it as just another way of communicating with the people of Torridge in a format which, especially the younger generation, will be used to and comfortable with. It will be in addition to my written blog. It's also to a chance for people to see the leader of the council as a real person and not just a stereotypical political wannabe!"

The video blog has come about as the result of the communications team in Torridge meeting with the team in Teignbridge, where they have a dedicated multimedia officer and use video throughout their website.

"While we won't be employing anyone like that, our communications officer has a background in IT and has been able to beg, borrow and steal equipment from other departments, so we are able to do this at no extra cost to the council tax payer, " said Councillor Morrish.

The plan is to make a monthly video blog and to put it on the website, with extra video messages being recorded as and when necessary. There will be other videos throughout the website where appropriate.

Councillor Morrish added: "We're not only doing these videos, but from our next Torridge View residents' magazine edition due out later this month, we will also have audio versions of the articles available on the website or on CD for people with impaired sight to listen to."

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Catch up with James' latest video blog at www.torridge.gov.uk/leadersblog

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