A reporter has resigned from his job on an East London weekly to launch his own hyperlocal website and newspaper.
The blog which was launched on Wednesday with the aim of creating a ‘journalistic revolution.’
This will be followed in February by free weekly title the Brixton Bugle which will be distributed to around 5,000 Commuters each Friday morning at Brixton tube station at rush hour.
The Brixton blog is a new version of a former popular blog written by Zoe who has won awards for her blogs.
Though there have been a number of local newspapers in Brixton in the past now there is only the Southwark News’ Lambeth Weekender, and the South London Press, owned by Tindle Newspapers which this week confirmed redundancies would be made at its titles.
Said Tim: “What we are trying to do is perform all the functions of a traditional newspaper, with quality journalism by trained journalists.
“Our launch comes in the week of rumours of yet more redundancies at the South London Press, the only local paper to cover Brixton.
“If this thing works, and we have had over 1,000 unique visitors in our first 24 hours, then we think we could be one of very few hyperlocal sites in London, and the UK, that generates an income to pay its editors and contributors.”
In an editorial on the blog this week Tim wrote: “We have little doubt that this is the right time to dive headlong into our ambitious plan to create Brixton’s very own hyperlocal news website.
“With news this week that the publishers of the 147-year-old South London Press have asked their editorial staff to volunteer for redundancy, the rapidly changing picture of both local and national media is clear.
“As journalists, it is certainly sad to see yet more talented and passionate staff losing their jobs at a historic organ. Sadly it’s a story we’ve all become used to.
“It was our aim from the outset for this website to perform the role of the now all but defunct traditional local paper. A focus point for all section of the community to come to and read, share and discuss. A voice that you can trust amid the frenetic tumult that is Brixton.
“Just like the Brixton that we love, news and access to information is changing radically but, in the modern context of savage public spending cuts, rioting and unrest the Brixton Blog will be at the forefront of a journalistic revolution.”
The Brixton Bugle will initially take the form of eight A4 sized black and white pages and Tim says he hopes it will pay for itself through advertising within the first month.
They have also applied for funding from the Simon Kelner Journalism Foundation to help with set up costs.