A free newspaper set up by two former regional press staff is hoping to expand its operation beyond the city it serves in the New Year.
The Yorkshire Reporter, which launched in July 2013, currently has a monthly print-run of 45,000 across Leeds, although it also carries news from other parts of the county.
However, while it currently reports on news received from further afield, it is considering expanding to actively cover areas including Doncaster, Harrogate, Huddersfield and York.
The Reporter, which has a motto of “we might print sad but we won’t print bad”, was set up by Brian Holmes and Lesley Anne Coates, who have both previously worked in sales at the Yorkshire Evening Post.
It is currently distributed from 70 of its own branded stands in Leeds and outlets offering it include supermarkets, libraries and the city’s three main hospitals.
Editor Lesley Anne’s son-in-law serves as a web designer, her daughter-in-law as a journalist, her son as a historian and her granddaughter as a junior reporter at the paper.
Said Lesley Anne: “People pick the paper up and think ‘they must have quite a team’, and they’re always very shocked when they find what the core team is.”
The paper will make a decision by April on whether to expand further across the county, with Lesley Anne adding: “The title gives us the potential to go where we want.”
Commenting on the Reporter’s editorial stance, she said: “Every time you turn the news on it’s just so depressing.
“I thought ‘I’m so fed up of putting the news on and half the time I can’t bear to hear it.
“I made the stance that we’re not having anything horrific in the papers, although there are sad stories.
“The general feedback has been ‘I don’t know what it is about your paper but it’s so uplifting.'”