A former newspaper editor made redundant by Newsquest five months ago has launched a paid for paid-for glossy magazine.
Paul Holden had been editor of the award-winning Worthing Sentinel for almost 11 years before the axe fell last October.
He lost his job when the weekly title was closed as part of a round off cuts affecting its sister paper, The Argus.
But undaunted, Paul immediately took steps to set up The Worthing Journal, a hyperlocal full-colour monthly magazine which is now about to publish its fourth issue.
Said Paul: “The whole of Worthing and district was stunned when Newsquest pulled the plug on The Sentinel because it was such a hugely popular, and unique, publication.
“I received hundreds of emails and letters from people expressing their dismay, and urging me to continue.
“I was astonished by the reaction and decided to go for it. The response has so far been fantastic. I’ve even got a volunteer team of former Sentinel readers who said they would deliver The Journal in their neighbourhoods – for free!
“I had only a few weeks to sort the first edition and therefore decided to limit it to 32 pages, but immediately found myself turning advertisers away because there was no space left, which was obviously daft. Now it’s 48 pages, which will get bigger as the year progresses.”
The magazine bills itself as “A celebration of Sunny Worthing for just £1 a month.”
Added Paul: “April’s edition will have six or seven pages of letters, which speaks for itself. And if it can work in Worthing, it can work in Brighton, so watch this space.”
“The Sentinel prided itself on being a campaigning newspaper and The Journal is following suit, already raising money for a Paralympic tennis hopeful from Worthing, and launching a seafront flag appeal.
“The Journal proves, in my opinion, that hyper local publications serving the community rather than shareholders are the way forward. If these big newspaper groups offer you redundancy, take it, and set up on your own. You won’t look back!”