Blog Preston is a hub of news, views and information about the city of Preston in Lancashire, UK.

In January 2014 to mark its fifth birthday the site became a Community Interest Company.

The aims of Blog Preston are:

  • To report and create online content about the city of Preston to be published via and its associated social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr and any others which it chooses to use)
  • To involve community contributors across the city to produce content about their local area which may be of interest to their community or the wider community of the city of Preston
  • To work with other community organisations, for example a community radio station or the local university, to report on community events and news
  • To establish a Blog Preston community fund which can help fund community events or projects across the city, such as the sponsoring of a new exhibition about Preston’s history, a community fun day or any other number of worthwhile community initiatives

In autumn 2016 we also launched a community newspaper, which was distributed free each week across the city. More than 10,000 copies were printed and it is stocked at a number of shops, community venues and pubs across the city centre and beyond. You can see the full list here. We have paused the print edition and it may return around big events in the city.

Who runs it?

Kate Rosindale, Director and co-editor

Kate is a proud Yorkshire woman who conversely also happens to love the city of Preston. She first came here to study Journalism at UCLan in 2001 to 2004, and returned to live in the city in 2012. Kate works in IT for a global insurance company, and writes for Blog Preston in her spare time. Although genetically a Leeds fan, Kate has adopted PNE and has a season ticket in the Town End. She enjoys contributing to the community through her writing, plus her volunteering roles for Preston Cats Protection and Age Concern Central Lancashire. You can follow Kate on Instagram @katerosebud or write to See all of Kate’s articles here.

Rachel Smith, Director and co-editor

Rachel is an NCTJ qualified journalist, spent 14 years working in local news before going freelance in 2015. She now writes for local and national press and has been writing for Blog Preston since October last year. You can contact Rachel on See all of Rachel’s articles here.

Ed Walker

Ed Walker, Founder & Non-executive director
Ed started Blog Preston on 11 January 2009 and spent a decade reporting on the city before hanging up his keyboard and pen in summer 2019. Ed holds a non-executive role for Blog Preston CIC and has taken a back seat. He graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a first-class honours degree in Journalism in 2007. You can follow him on Twitter @ed_walker86. His email is See all Ed’s articles on Blog Preston.


Paul MellingPaul Melling, Photographer
Paul is a talented local photographer who often takes stunning images for the site and covers events. He works locally but also does freelance photography in his spare time. One of his big contributions is the Preston in the Picture series of desktop wallpapers, giving readers an iconic image for their desktop every month. You can see his work on Flickr and follow him on Twitter @pjmimages. See all Paul Melling’s articles here.

Lisa Brown, Writer and Photographer
Lisa is a local writer with a keen interest in the arts, nature and travel. She has been writing for Blog Preston since 2010 and has had work published in national and local publications. Lisa regularly uploads photography to her Facebook and Instagram pages. See all Lisa’s articles here.

Charlotte BrockbankCharlotte Brockbank, Advertising and Marketing
Charlotte looks after all the advertising on Blog Preston, working with local businesses to help them reach our audience of Prestonians. She works for a local company doing their marketing across the North West. She’s Preston born and bred. You can email her

James DuffellJames Duffell, Designer and coder
The man who makes the site work, James is the technical whizz behind Blog Preston. He is also a founder of Preston-based web agency 3ManFactory. You can follow him on Twitter @jamesduffell.

Commenting on the site

We allow comments on Blog Preston and we want the site to act as a voice for the city and a place for local people to have their say about the city and issues relating to it. Before you start commenting we recommend reading our community guidelines.


All views on this blog are those of the authors. If reviews appear they are done off people’s own back, no money or ‘gifts in kind’ take place in return for a favourable review.

This blog is a community news site We do take advertising on this site, but any money made is put back into reporting on the local community as we are a community interest company.

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