A new independent weekly newspaper is to be launched later this month covering three towns in West Norfolk.
The new title will have a print run of 20,000 and will be available from a range of outlets, including supermarkets and newsagents.
The team behind the project includes managing director Alan Taylor, a former Archant and Johnston Press executie, and editor Donna Semmens, who has also worked for both groups in journalistic roles.
Donna has worked as a journalist in Norfolk for 25 years, most recently with the EDP. Before that she was news editor at the Lynn News for 13 years and has also been deputy editor of the Diss Express.
Said Alan: “We have had fantastic support for the paper from advertisers. Readers are keen to have an alternative to paying for their local news and free papers have changed, they are no longer the poor relation to their paid-for counterparts.
“There is definitely room in the market for us – advertisers are telling us they want an alternative and the readers don’t always want to be paying around £1 for their local newspapers.”
Added Donna: “This is a great project to be a part of – we are completely independent so don’t have to dance to anyone else’s tune.
“We will produce a local paper serving our community and creating a viable platform for our advertisers. West Norfolk is a great place to live and we want to reflect the good things going on as well as reporting the traditional, harder news stories.
“We know there will be people out there who maintain that printed papers have had their day – well we know that’s not the case here and we know our community wants to pick-up a local paper for a good read.”
The team is completed by account managers Gary Bush and Karen Everitt, and news editor Daisy Wallage.