A new fortnightly newspaper covering one of the UK’s National Parks has been launched by a former international journalist.
The first issue of The Moorlander, which covers news from across Dartmoor, in Devon, went out on Saturday with an initial print run of 4,000.
The paper is free, or 20p where sold, and features 24 pages of news, features, art and entertainment including the Visitor Guide, an 8 page pull-out giving information on the towns and villages of Dartmoor.
Towns and villages where it will be available include Ashburton, Bovey Tracey, Chagford, Moretonhampstead, Okehampton and Tavistock.
The Moorlander is the brainchild of Stuart Clarke, a journalist and press photographer of more than 40 years, who has toyed with the idea of running his own newspaper for two decades.
Stuart has previously worked for the Daily Mail, The New York Post, The Sun, the Sunday Times, Reader’s Digest, the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Express, Hello, Esquire, The Independent Review, The Australian Magazine and German GQ.
He has covered conflicts including Bosnia, Iraq, Israel and Northern Ireland during his career – as well as the election of Nelson Mandela in South Africa.
Said Stuart: “The idea for The Moorlander is about 20 years old. I saw a gap in the market and decided I wanted to try my hand at starting my own paper after working for many years in other people’s.
“Life and family got in the way and it got pushed to the back burner. After Christmas last year I decided to revive the project and started looking for people to work with me to make it happen and since then its all just fallen in to place.”
Stuart is joined by deputy editor and graphic designer Ross Tibbles, who previously worked as an advertising and page designer on Local World titles in Devon and Cornwall.
The Moorlander’s advertising sales team is comprised og Marion Stanbury and Samantha Honey-Pollock, who also writes a food column for the paper.
The e Dartmoor National Park Authority will be contributing a monthly column while Mel Stride, Conservative MP for Central Devon, will be writing for each edition.
Other contributors include TV presenter and Dartmoor resident Nick Baker and Rory Knight-Bruce who was editor of Londoner’s Diary in The Evening Standard and now writes for Horse and Hound and The Field.
Margarette Driscoll, for 28 years a writer and journalist for The Sunday Times, will be writing a column called ‘A View from the Smoke’.