A monthly magazine launched in January by a local newspaper editor axed from his job last year has almost doubled in size.
Hyper-local magazine The Worthing Journal was founded by Paul Holden, a former journalist on The Argus, Brighton, who also edited The Worthing Sentinel, which Newsquest scrapped last October after almost 11 years.
Paul said the title is going from strength-to-strength: “It is a lot of hard work, but the feedback from readers and advertisers makes it all worthwhile.
“With most traditional newspapers fading, journalists should seriously think about launching their own publications – just as people with a sense of community did 200-odd years ago.
“Don’t be afraid – just get under the skin of the village/town or city you live in rather than sit in the office churning out press releases from council press officers.”
In April Paul attended every Royal Wedding street party in Worthing and sent the resulting edition to The Queen. He received a reply from her lady-in-waiting saying the Queen was interested to hear about the town’s royal celebrations.
Paul started the journal after becoming so overwhelmed by messages of support from Sentinel readers he decided to pour his redundancy money into the publication.
He had just a few weeks to produce the first edition, which consisted of 32 pages. Now it is 60, and Holden will be aiming for at least 64 in October.
He added: “Many papers owned by big groups have turned their backs on the community, getting rid of experienced reporters and closing offices, and that’s why they are in a tailspin, unable to grasp this basic fact as they panic at the controls.”