The Croydon Citizen
THE STORY SO FAR
In the year since its birth, the publication has grown from strength to strength; more than sixty contributors (our 'citizens') now write for the Citizen, reporting and commenting on numerous topics from a wide range of perspectives: political, cultural, left, right, serious and wry. For every major debate taking place over the last year, the citizens have been there, reporting, commenting, critiquing and debating the local issues that matter to them:
An innovative for-and against style debate over the council’s multimillion sale of the Riesco collection with leading figures from Croydon’s political scene
A united, forceful and enlightened condemnation of the far-right EVF march from all of Croydon’s MPs.
Coverage and analysis of fiercely supported Crystal Palace’s promotion to, and subsequent journey through, the Premier League.
An ongoing and extended discussion into Croydon’s emergent gentrification and what it means (both good and bad) for Croydon’s communities.
WHAT WE ARE RAISING MONEY FOR
Determined to reach more people than ever before, we now want to produce a monthly printed edition: a 'news magazine', distributed monthly, for free, at prime locations around the borough of Croydon, featuring brand new content by our contributing writers. This won’t just allow us to reach a greater number of readers than ever before; it will engage more people than ever in the Croydon debate and highlight the all-too-often-overlooked local heroes fighting to make their town a better place.
To produce the first run of our news magazine, we need our printing, distribution and start-up costs to be covered. We intend to produce more than 10,000 copies – with a potential readership of 30,000. Your support guarantees us the ability to print the first two editions of the newspaper, and allows us to present an already established, high quality, well-circulated publication to advertisers.
THE JOB WE ARE CREATING
The news magazine will create an important advertising revenue stream to fund the employment of a professional core team of staff. This will allow us to substantially increase both the quantity and quality of what we publish, and to widen the kind of coverage we can offer. In the first instance, this will allow us to pay a general manager to look after the commercial and immediate administrative affairs of the publication and then subsequently a professional editorial staff.