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Independent publisher launches new paid-for local weekly

A new paid-for local weekly newspaper has been launched by an independent publisher.

Community Matters Media has set up the South London Weekly to cover the southern part of the capital.

The SLW has launched as a 32-page print title with a listed cover price of 50p.

Kevin Quinn, who edits Community Matters-owned weekly the Southwark News, has added the new title to its portfolio.

South London Weekly

News deputy editor Katherine Johnston, sports editor John Kelly, and reporters Herbie Russell and Isabel Ramirez are also listed as contributors.

In South London, it will compete with the likes of the independent South London Press and Newsquest’s South London Guardian series.

Community Matters is also responsible for weekly title the Greenwich & Lewisham Weekender, as well as lifestyle magazines The South Londoner and the Bermondsey Biscuit & Rotherhithe Docker.

An introductory piece in the SLW, which is also available free online as an e-edition, states: “We believe in community and in balanced, independent and responsible journalism.

“As a South London business, we also work to support fellow local businesses.

“A dedicated team of staff work tirelessly to cove ras much of what is going on as possible and strive to ensure that community-led, independent newspapers can survive and excel in a market dominated by national and multinational media groups.”