editor of CWN you hear some strange stories and this headline is truly one of the
But Ill recount more of our first work day of the new millennium before Ill
tell the cows tale.
All staff turned up present and correct and raring to go for a big new year for CWN.
Just before Christmas we learnt that we had won two major contracts that will more than
double our turnover and have a major impact on how we operate.
One of these is to provide a business news service for the CW2000 project that is just
beginning in Coventry. This will be an exciting development for CWN as it will fund our
first full time staff journalist. Were recruiting
now if you know anyone that wants to be in on this groundbreaking project
Ill more reveal more details soon.
The other project is the design and build contract for the major new destination
tourism marketing website for Coventry and Warwickshire Promotions. We were already
involved in the project as managing agents but now we will, in partnership with local
company Cathode, be putting together the nuts and bolts of the website as well.
Were recruiting for this project as well particularly web database
programmers the job details will appear soon but if you know anyone in the meantime
do tell them to contact me.
So some interesting times ahead were changing our company structure,
were deciding whether to stay in our current offices or move and well be
almost doubling our staff numbers over the next six months.
Thats what makes running a company so much fun!
And the first of our new year recruits joined us today. Helen Cotterill has taken up
the post of Marketing and Editorial Officer. She was formerly working for the Students
Union at the University of Warwick.
Helen will be looking at ways of promoting and marketing CWN and, on the editorial
side, working on the whats on listings and the competition.
And so to the cow.
In between phone calls and project briefings I sat down for a facinating hour this
afternoon with John Russell. John, a true Cov Kid, has spent the last nine years deep in
the citys archives indexing and databasing all manner of historical records
primarily for the benefit of family history researchers.
John has already published five books jammed packed with details of the citizens of
Coventrys past. Now he is working on undoubtedly his most intriguing project to date
a history of the County Court.
This grand old building just across the way from the Golden Cross and the old cathedral
is shortly to become yet another Cathedral Quarter drinking place. But before it goes John
is ensuring no stone of its past is left unturned.
And he is turning up some time-warpingly interesting material. Amongst the crimes tried
at the court was the case of Daniel Grimshure who was executed for the murder of his baby
by pouring boiling water into its mouth.
And then there was the cow. Thomas Summers was sentenced to death in 1784 for
They dont make headlines like they used to, do they?