Keep calm and beome our next talking news editorCould you be the next editor of Northamptonshire’s leading Talking Newspaper?

The hottest spot in the journalism world is up for grabs as NAB – Northamptonshire’s sight loss charity – looks for its next Sound News editor. Sound News is the NAB’s locally produced talking newspaper, providing visually impaired people across the western side of Northamptonshire with all the latest local and national news, in an accessible audio format.

Since Sound News started in 1977 more than half a million copies have been produced and posted to visually impaired adults across the county, taking the news directly into the homes of those who often can’t access the news any other way. A new edition is produced every Monday, with nearly 2000 editions produced in total.

Originally sent out on a 90-minute cassette, for 2 years NAB has provided the news on USB sticks. Now listeners can access it in a variety of ways, even on the move, via laptop.

Current news editor for four years, Joy Fedden, moves to pastures new at the end of July – and NAB is currently seeking someone to continue her great work. Is it you?

Joy Fedden said:

“I’ve found the role hugely rewarding and when you get a little note back from one of our clients saying how much they enjoyed a particular story this week, it makes it so worthwhile. I got involved after hearing NAB’s previously CEO, John Wood, on BBC Radio Northampton appealing for Talking News volunteers. I went in the following Monday and the rest is history – I also became a trustee shortly afterwards.”


Stephen Pascoe, NAB’s Sound News co-ordinator for over 18 years, said:


“I like producing Sound News because being visually impaired can make a person feel alone, but talking news brings our community into our listener’s homes and makes them feel less isolated.”


For further information or an informal chat about this volunteering position, please contact us: or 01604 719193

News Editor Role – what does it involve?

  1. Create a script 2 weeks out of a 4-week script rota, using copies of the Chronicle and Echo or downloading relevant local news from the internet.
  2. Cut and paste the news articles, news in brief, sports news and features – such as John Griff and David Saint.
  3. Edit and change (where appropriate) dates, tense, duplicated quotes and appeals for ‘eye witnesses’ etc…
  4. Remove any appeals for donations at the end of news articles.
  5. The other 2 weeks of the 4-week script rota, you will be reading through the scripts produced by two other volunteers and applying points 3 and 4 above.
  6. Copy and duplicate the finished scripts for the technical team – who will read, and record them.