A local editor has urged newspapers to go “back to basics” and use Victorian era publications as their models, claiming that Sun-style headlines and celebrity gossip have had their day.
Paul launched the Journal in January 2011, having previously worked for Brighton daily The Argus and edited the Worthing Sentinel.
His comments come as the Journal celebrates its biggest issue to date with a 128-page bumper edition, pictured below.
Said Paul: “To reach 128 pages is quite a milestone, and a huge amount of work, but it proves that printed publications still have a future so long as they remain at the heart of the communities they serve, and provide proper, grass roots journalism.
“If newspapers are to survive, they need to go back to basics and study publications from the Victorian and Edwardian eras, when, if the mayor sneezed, readers knew about it.”
He added: “Those still serving up a diet of 1980s Sun-style headlines and celebrity gossip dressed up as news have had their day.”
The Journal has campaigned on several issues to do with Worthing since its launch, including a 2013 guerrilla gardening raid on the seafront, led by Paul, which saw readers rip out weeds and replace them with colourful blooms.
Every year since the “raid” has been repeated, although now it has borough council backing and sponsorship from town centre traders.
Readers also this year donated flags worth £2,000 to decorate the town’s promenade and pier, taking the total donated, since 2002, when Paul ran the Sentinel, to £26,000.