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Editor to spearhead three ‘super-local’ titles

A freelance journalist is fighting back against the downturn in the regional press by becoming a partner in three new ‘super-local’ news magazines which have been launched.


Graham Keal has become editor of three free titles focusing on neighbourhood news and features which have been set up for the Newark area of Nottinghamshire – the monthly Newark Living and Balderton Living, and the six-weekly Fernwood Living.

He has also become a partner in Living Local Newspapers with advertising executive Stephanie Bilton, who founded the papers herself and was previously the advertising manager for the local paid-for weekly the Newark Advertiser.

Graham, who has been freelancing since 1986, specialises in writing about TV, still contributing features to the Daily Record, and worked previously in TV editor positions at Westminster Press, The Northern Echo and the Northants Evening Telegraph.


The first edition of Newark Living which will soon hit the streets.



In recent years, he has also written about motoring for the Daily Telegraph, property for the Sunday Express and health for the Daily Mail and Daily Express.

Graham said his new venture had ‘made going to work fun again’ despite the long hours involved.

He said: “It’s like the best new train set you could ever get – and just in time for Christmas.

“I’ve gone from working for national titles to super-local, but this to me looks like a future for newspapers which can work. So far the feedback from readers and advertisers alike has been terrific.”

The first edition of Newark Living has just gone to press, with a print run of 5,000 copies which will be distributed via shops and community outlets.

Balderton Living, which is about to publish its second edition, is distributed to 5,000 homes, while Fernwood Living, now onto its fourth edition, is delivered to 1,000 households.

A team of freelances work on the titles alongside Graham and Stephanie.


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  • November 30, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Super-local Corrie feature takes centre stage on the primary school newsletter-style front page.

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