MEDIA: Newsquest papers to get content from Schoolsnet

In a bid to raise its national profile, education website

Schoolsnet is to syndicate its content to 305 regional newspapers owned

by Newsquest.

The site was founded by former Sunday Times news editor Greg Hadfield

and his 18-year-old son Tom, who created Soccernet, one of the world's

most popular football websites, at the age of 12.

Schoolsnet currently attracts around 212,000 visitors a month. Of these,

40 per cent are teachers, 40 per cent are parents, and the rest are


Resources include a guide to every school in the UK, an online library

with more than 20,000 titles and a news service reporting seven

days-a-week on education stories.

'We recognise that schools are closely allied with their local

newspapers. By offering this service, we can promote our online services

to schools on a local level, at the same time as providing regular,

high-quality copy to Newsquest's editors,' said Hadfield.

As a result, editors of Newsquest titles, including the Darlington

Northern Echo, Brighton Evening Argus and Watford Observer, will receive

a weekly e-mail newsletter outlining content which the newspapers can

use for free.

The deal is a two-way affair providing Schoolsnet users with a link to

education stories on Newsquest-owned websites.

Schoolsnet is the largest provider of educational stories in the UK. It

has a team of seven journalists working from its Westminster base. It

launched in November 1999. In April last year, Newsquest invested pounds

3.75m to take a 15 per cent stake.

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