A new fortnightly newspaper has been launched by a group of local residents after the town’s long-standing title was suspended pending a search for new owners.
The Glossop Gazette was published for the first time this week after the Glossop Chronicle halted production last month, along with sister title the Tameside Reporter, so talks could take place with potential new owner the New Charter Housing Association.
Now a group of local people with no background in newspapers or journalism have set up the Gazette, which was published for the first time on Tuesday after just two weeks to put it together.
The new title had an initial print run of 5,000 and is being sold at local newsagents for 90p, with editor Daniel Bennett saying the response to it has been “amazing”.He told HTFP: “We have had a newspaper in Glossop since the 1850s. It stopped being published and we got to where we had three weeks without a newspaper in the town and I thought ‘let’s do something about it’.”
“The problem we have had with local newspapers in the past is that the first three pages have been local then everything else has been out of Glossop. We decided to just cover local news.
“Everybody is telling us that we should just carry on regardless of whether the Chronicle comes back. We are bringing a very fresh approach to reporting news in Glossop which I think people appreciate.”
Since the first issue was produced, the team of volunteers have since had contact with some journalists who may get involved with the publication.
Daniel, who has a background as a wildlife conservation biologist, said the first edition was printed by Archant but they are hoping to find a company nearer Glossop to print the title.
The new title will only include news from the specific local area immediately around Glossop and aims to hold local government to account.