Huddersfield Hub is an independent news website providing a fresh, vibrant and positive voice for Huddersfield.
Run by professional and experienced journalists, Huddersfield Hub is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company meaning it has the best interests of the local community at its heart.
Huddersfield Hub will combine quality, added-value journalism with coverage of grassroots news, sports and events which are so important to thriving local communities but which often go unreported by the traditional media.
It will cover local news, sport, business, what’s on, community and charity events, across the Huddersfield area.
It will provide traditional-style local news and information, promoting the good things happening in and around Huddersfield and highlighting local charities, voluntary groups and the fundraising efforts of individuals.
It will also promote the positive opportunities available in Huddersfield and provide an outlet to promote and support local shops and small businesses.
Funded through sponsorship, advertising and subscription, Huddersfield Hub follows the core journalistic principles of independence, accuracy, fairness and impartiality.
Who are the directors?
Editor and managing director Martin Shaw is an experienced and passionate journalist who has worked in Kirklees throughout his 34-year career.
From starting out as a trainee reporter at the age of 18, he later became a freelance and took over Huddersfield-based West Riding News & Sports Service.
While running the agency – started in Huddersfield in the 1950s – Martin covered Huddersfield Town, Huddersfield Giants and the Drakes Huddersfield Cricket League.
In all Martin has covered Huddersfield Town for national and local newspapers for 25 years.
Martin ran his own newspaper for several years before joining the Huddersfield Daily Examiner in 2012, eventually being promoted to news editor and then print content editor. He left the Examiner in August 2020 and returned to freelancing.
Deputy editor and director Steven Downes is also a professional journalist. He has expertise in social media, PR and communications and has worked in rugby league as a communications manager.
A Huddersfield Town season card holder, he has “lived the dream” in reporting on the club he has supported all his life and has written for local and national newspapers.
Remarkably, despite being registered blind, Steve regularly commentated on Huddersfield Town for Huddersfield Hospital Radio before the Covid-19 pandemic.
Steve qualified in journalism with a 2:1 degree in Sports Journalism at the University of Huddersfield.