Publisher eager to fill local void left by Johnston Press

Johnston Press has come in for a lot of criticism after announcing its plans to close a raft of local newspapers, but one publisher has seen an opportunity to offer a lifeline to redundant journalists.

Danny Lockwood, who publishes The Press – a local newspaper based in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire – is offering help to any journalist who wants to set up their own newspapers in nearby local towns.

Lockwood told Hold the Front Page: “If any sacked Johnston Press staff want to collaborate on launching a low-cost, locally-driven product, they can contact me and I will be more than willing to help.”

He is offering production, back office, print and distribution assistance, and what he wants in return is “a bit of local passion, pride and someone on the ground to write stories and flog local ads”.

As Johnston Press continues to anger journalists and locals with its attitude to local news publishing, Lockwood’s enthusiastic attempt to provide for local areas is an encouraging sign that the hunt for profits isn’t all that drives the local press.

(Source: Hold the Front Page)

Comments

comments

 

“Before we all sink into a slough of digital dystopian despair, it might be worth considering this: is this a sign of the strength, not weakness, of revelatory journalism in the digital age?”


Charlie Beckett, director of POLIS at the London School of Economics, reacts to news that the UK government forced the Guardian into destroying hard drives that contained information leaked by Edward Snowden.


(Source: POLIS)

 

Enter your email address to subscribe to Media Digest and receive notifications of new stories by email.

Latest Media Industry News, Independent News and Media, UK