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The Manchester Evening NewsMEN

Chadderton, EnglandFounded in 1868

The Manchester Evening News is a regional Reach plc newspaper covering Greater Manchester, United Kingdom.

Widely known as M.E.N., the Manchester Evening News covers news, politics and sports while it also aims to campaign on the behalf of the interests of Greater Manchester people. The newspaper was first published in 1868 by Mitchell Henry, a wealthy surgeon and businessman, according to the British Newspaper Archives. Henry, a liberal candidate, campaigned for better health care for the poor. His political efforts were unsuccessful, the archive notes. And, he lost interest in the paper, opting instead to sell it to John Edward Taylor Jr., son of the founder of the Manchester Guardian. Taylor ran the paper with his brother as the Evening News of the Guardian, according to the archive's records. Circulation grew over the decades, and the paper eventually ended up under the ownership of Reach plc. The Manchester Evening News says it does not align to any political party. 

  • Paul CoatesManaging editor
  • Sarah LesterAssociate editor (digital)
Manchester Evening News

Best Practices Policies

Manchester Evening News inherits best practices policies from its parent news organization Reach plc.

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Journalists of Reach PLC publications are expected to abide by the Independent Press Standards Organization's Editors’ Code of Practice. The editorial staff is trained in the code, which includes standards on how to remain accurate, respect privacy and avoid harassment, intimidation, discrimination and improper intrusion. The code also includes guidelines on the proper way to report on children, crime, and victims of sexual assault. 

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Ownership & Funding

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Diverse Voices

Reach PLC publications commit to attracting and recruiting people who are best suited to meet the standards for the publication without regard to race, creed, color, nationality (subject to legal eligibility), ethnic origin, religion, gender, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, connections with a national minority, membership or non-membership of a trade union or, unless justifiable, disability.

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Once reports of an inaccuracy are verified by the editorial team, the correction will be made online immediately and it will be noted in the story and on the website's correction/clarifications page. 

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Unnamed Sources

The company's policy states that its publications will protect the identity of their sources, but establish the reliability of the source and that the material they've provided has been properly obtained. When unnamed sources are used, it is up to the publication's staff to determine whether anonymity will be granted. 

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