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Print return enables city news title to pass paying subscriber milestone

Meg Houghton gilmourA city news title has credited its return to print for passing a paying subscriber milestone.

Bristol 24/7 has announced it now has more than 1,000 individual supporter members, who pay £5 a month to back the title.

Membership fees contribute to funding for its climate and sustanability editor, four community reporters and a work experience programme, among other projects.

B24/7 had attributed part of its recent growth in membership to updates to its website and the return of its print magazine.

Head of audience Meg Houghton-Gilmour, pictured, said: “The dream is to grow the team, to expand our coverage and offer more opportunities for people starting out in the world of journalism.

“We’d like to be able to pick and choose what advertisers we work with, knowing that the income from advertising is purely supplementary to the support we get from members. We want to still be reporting in

“Bristol in another ten years’ time, and perhaps in other cities too. Growing the membership to 2,000, 5,000 and 10,000 supporters is pivotal to all of our plans.

“I hope more people will see the good work we are doing and join us on this journey.”

Editor Martin Booth added: “We want to light a path for a new type of local journalism; one that truly exists for the good of the community.

“With the help of the 1,000 people that are paying to support our work, we are well on our way.”