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Online-only title to become print newspaper after fundraising success

An online-only title is set to publish a regular print newspaper following a successful fundraising campaign.

The Barnet Post has announced it will launch as a monthly print edition from July with a free circulation of 15,000.

The Post initially launched online in February but two months later began a four-figure fundraising bid to enable it to begin publishing as a print title.

The copies will be available to pick up from community venues including cafes, pubs, libraries, community centres, hair salons and places of worship, alongside some door-to-door distribution.

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Post editor Bella Saltiel said: “I am so pleased that Barnet Post is going to print. As a print publication we can reach many more people, in particular we will now be able to provide local news to those without internet access.

“Print publications are an important part of news-telling, offering a tactile object can really bring stories to life.”

The first print issue of the Post will feature articles on mental health, local mums giving pre-loved items to disadvantaged families, a local teenager opposing modern slavery and protests from residents affected by cladding issues.

Its owner Social Spider CIC publishes four other local papers in London – the Waltham Forest Echo, Tottenham Community Press, Enfield Dispatch and EC1 Echo.

David Floyd, director of Social Spider, said: “Print newspapers connect with local people in a unique way and play a vitally important role in both holding power to account and promoting a sense of belonging at a local level.

“I’m delighted that we’re launching our fifth social enterprise newspaper in Barnet.”