The West Leeds Dispatch has produced its first physical edition with an initial print run of around 2,000.
If the pilot is successful, the Dispatch could become a monthly publication in the New Year.
It was founded as a digital-only venture by editor John Baron and local residents around six months ago.
John told HTFP: “We’re looking to test the market to see if there’s going to be enough interest in terms of advertisers and readership to put together a regular copy and regular edition.”
He added: “We hit the community centres and libraries about three weeks ago with the pilot edition and the reaction’s been really positive.
“We’ve had a lot of feedback saying the website is putting West Leeds on the map and giving communities a voice that might not be picked up and given coverage in the mainstream media.
“We know our market and we know our readership’s needs, it’s just a case of making the sums add up.”
John, a professional journalist of 21 years, began his career at the Leeds Weekly News.
He then became a reporter on Wharfedale newspapers, where he later switched to sub-editing.
He also worked on the Guardian’s ‘Guardian Local’ project, and currently works as a journalism teacher on the degree course at the Hull School of Art and Design.