A former weekly editor who set up his own monthly title four years ago has revealed plans to take on an established regional daily.
The Worthing Journal was launched in January 2011 by former Brighton Argus journalist Paul Holden, who set up the magazine after being made redundant following the closure of the Worthing Sentinel, where he was editor.
Now Paul has revealed his hopes to publish a sister title in Brighton to rival his former paper and is hoping to call on former Argus colleagues to help with the new venture.
His comments came as The Journal marked the publication of its 50th issue.
Paul said of the milestone: “It has been incredibly hard work, but also great fun. Editorially, The Journal has gone back to basics, covering local issues in depth, just as papers did 100 years ago.
“In a Facebook world where rumour is presented as fact, and facts not checked, Journal readers appreciate old fashioned journalism which is accurate and balanced.
“My next aim is to launch a Brighton Journal.
“A lot of the groundwork has been done but it’s just finding the time to do a proper job, so I may call on former Argus colleagues to assist.”
Since its launch, the Journal has campaigned on issues including the state of the town’s promenade and the unsightly tarmac patching on its main shopping precincts.
The magazine has also revealed exclusive stories including how Worthing Borough Council paid out £800,000 to car park operators NCP despite the Town Hall imposing a gagging clause on councillors in a bid to keep the total secret, as well as exposing plans to shut the resort’s tourist information centre.
The Argus has seen some of the biggest circulation declines in the industry over recent years, with the average daily sale now down to 14,370 according to the most recent ABC figures.