From the editor's chair: The day Icicle the cat went viral on the news

Icicle the cat who is home with Mandy Baker after his adventure in the river in Great Yarmouth meant

Icicle the cat who is home with Mandy Baker after his adventure in the river in Great Yarmouth meant he had to be rescued by the RNLI Byline: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Oh look Icicle the cat is on Sky News!

You will have seen the story of the cat that was rescued by the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston RNLI from a river.

We covered the moggy's rescue online and then made sure it had a prevalent position in this week's Mercury, with Icicle and her rescuers claiming a coveted page 3 slot.

But as the story of the dramatic rescue developed and appeared on our website and other local media it began to appear on national media outlets, such as Sky News and the Daily Mail's website.

Icicle the cat who is home with Mandy Baker after his adventure in the river in Great Yarmouth meant

Icicle the cat who is home with Mandy Baker after his adventure in the river in Great Yarmouth meant he had to be rescued by the RNLI Byline: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

As an editor my first thought on seeing these other reports is I hope they don't have something we missed.

But rest assured our reporter Liz had all the bases covered, even setting up a picture of Icicle with her grateful owner Mandy.

People may not realise how news spreads through the Press Association, which this paper signs up to, and other news agencies which allow other media organisations to share stories.

It is always fascinating to see how the national media cover stories from our patch, and sometimes they do get it wrong, with Great Yarmouth once being moved to Suffolk on a national news channel.

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It also brings a sense of journalistic pride that the story you have worked so hard on has been picked up on a national level.

Anthony Carroll, community editor for the Great Yarmouth Mercury. Picture: Danielle Booden

Anthony Carroll, community editor for the Great Yarmouth Mercury - Credit: Danielle Booden

And if say the Daily Mail repeat your story almost word for word, it can be seen as a feather in your journalistic cap.

So like a rescued Icicle reporter Liz is purring at her success in capturing the drama of the rescue and the happy reunion so well.

The other thing about journalism that we all pride ourselves on is covering in detail stories that impact on people across our news patch.

As I write this on press day I am pulling together what we call a spread on the chaos caused by Storm Eunice.

Our stories involved reporters going out on patch, our web reporters constantly filing updates and our photographers out and about capturing the aftermath of the storm.

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The tree in Howard Street South carpark has been pulled from its roots by strong winds. - Credit: James Weeds

And it gives me a sense of pride to see how all that teamwork has paid out with what I call unrivalled coverage on our website and in the paper.