We are two Catford residents who have lived in south London for a combined total of 26 years. We are hoping to start a new local newspaper for our borough called The Lewisham Ledger, which we’re aiming to launch in May 2018.
We currently run two hyperlocal newspapers called The Peckham Peculiar and The Dulwich Diverter, which were launched in January 2014 and May 2016 respectively.
Both titles were successfully funded via Kickstarter thanks to an average of 150 generous backers each time.
Like these titles, The Lewisham Ledger will be a printed newspaper of at least 24 pages that will be published six times a year (and possibly more frequently!).
Our pages will be filled with grassroots, on-the-ground reporting and unique stories and interviews that are 100 per cent about Lewisham and its people, rather than generic content driven by press releases.
The paper will shine a spotlight on people and places whose stories have never before been told, with a strong focus on design and lots of great photography. It will be stocked by a wide variety of more than 100 local businesses and will be free so the whole of the community can read it.
As well as covering the area as a whole, each issue will have a special focus on a different part of Lewisham, such as Catford, Crofton Park, Brockley, Deptford, Hither Green, Honor Oak, New Cross, Forest Hill, Telegraph Hill, Lewisham, Ladywell, Lee and so on.
We believe that local newspapers play a vital role in the communities they serve, giving people a voice and a platform and, crucially, holding councils to account. They also celebrate the area and its people, helping to bring those who live and work there closer together.
With parts of Lewisham such as Catford earmarked for vast amounts of change in the coming years, we feel now is the right time to launch a paper that will help ensure people’s voices are heard and celebrate what makes Lewisham special.
Readers will also be able to keep up-to-date with daily local news, views and other stories online via our social media pages and blog.
What our (future) readers say
Here are just a few of the many comments that people have made about us on Twitter since we announced our plans to launch the paper:
Lewisham Lately: Excellent news for the borough: The Lewisham Ledger newspaper to launch in 2018
A Brush with Art: Fantastic news. Can't wait to read the @lewishamledger
Positive Ageing: This is EXCELLENT much as we are doing everything we can to support older people to get online who want to, we realise how important print media still is for many. Will be in touch in the new year. Whoop.
Rosario Blue: You've totally got my support and will share with as many as possible. CONGRATS!
Sam Coates, The Times: Some good news for 2018: local community newspapers springing up - their website suggests they recognise need for local accountability for big decisions - this one in south east London.
Featured 15: This sounds brilliant love to be involved!!
WEP Lewisham: Very good news for Lewisham. Local press are an important part of local democracy.
Suttons Radio: Ooh! We are excited for the new community newspaper, The Lewisham Ledger.
Darryl: Good luck to @lewishamledger - if it's anywhere near as good as @peckhampeculiar and @dulwichdiverter it'll be very good indeed.
So Last Century: This is excellent news! Looking forward to seeing @lewishamledger up and running in the New Year.
What is the money for?
In order to get The Lewisham Ledger off the ground, we have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise £5,000. This is exactly the same figure that we asked for to help create The Peckham Peculiar and The Dulwich Diverter.
It is the minimum amount we need to cover the bulk of our costs for the first two issues – including journalism, photography, design, illustration and printing.
If we manage to raise a sum in excess of £5,000, like we did with The Dulwich Diverter, we will be able to substantially increase the size of the first two editions. For the Diverter, we added a combined total of 24 pages on to issues 1 and 2 thanks to our generous backers!
We will invest any surplus funds either into increased circulation and/or helping produce future editions, and keeping the project alive throughout 2018 and beyond.
As with our other two titles, we will then rely purely on advertising revenue to stay in print.
What will the newspaper look like?
We will be (a minimum of) 24 pages from issue one.
The publication will be colourful, bright, lively, well photographed and designed, energetic and well researched with original and creative content.
The logo and the limited edition front page for the first issue have been specially designed by award-winning artist and graphic designer Jake Tilson, who is based in south-east London. His work has been exhibited around the world in hugely renowned venues including the Tate, the Museum of Modern Art and Centre Georges Pompidou.
If we reach our crowdfunding target, we will launch The Lewisham Ledger in May 2018. In the run-up to that date, here is what we have planned:
January 2018: We are currently recruiting new team members who will ideally live in the borough of Lewisham. If you're interested in being involved, please contact us via our email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) with some info about yourself and any relevant experience you have! We are also researching and writing initial stories and have recently started up the paper’s Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and Instagram accounts.
February/March 2018: We will work on the initial design for the internal pages of the newspaper, as well as editing copy and photographing stories.
April 2018: We will finalise the design, photography and copy; we will begin to lay out the paper.
May 2018: We will send the paper to print and then launch later that month in the local area. We will distribute the newspaper to over 100 stockists across the borough of Lewisham.
For more of an idea about what we do, you can read all the back issues of our two newspapers online here:
Please follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates and if you’d like to get in touch, drop us a line at email@example.com.
Thank you for reading!
Risks and challenges
There’s no risk.
If you support the project and we don’t reach our target, no money leaves your account.
We will then have to look at alternative ways of getting the project off the ground, such as individual sponsorship and speaking to local businesses about advertising from the off.
But to tell you the truth, it really wouldn’t be the same without you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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