Monday, June 29, 2009

Bristol 24-7 new online newspaper now live

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Bristol24-7 - a new online newspaper for Bristol - has gone live today. Thought it well worth letting people know about this site - variety of information sources is a good thing after all! I'll be watching, and if/where appropriate be participating in, developments with some interest. Why not take up the online paper's suggestion of visiting their website and offering constructive comments/observations/criticism. I encourage and welcome debate on this blog about this new development in the local media (some further information here).

This is what Chris Brown, Editor of Bristol 24-7 told me about his new online newspaper:

Available and updated 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Bristol24-7 will publish original news, sport, opinion and comment on all areas of city life - as well as promoting the best coverage of Bristol affairs from every available source on the web.

As the website develops, new sections will be added so that Bristol24-7 becomes the first port of call for residents and visitors looking for information and ideas to make the most of their life in the city.

The business side of the operation will come from a digital marketing service called 'Beyond the Ad', which will offer individuals, businesses and organisations everything from new websites, to email marketing to harnessing social networking to promote themselves and/or their products. Its premise is that, unlike a newspaper, my business will offer real solutions to marketing needs - rather than the hit-and-hope offer of space to advertise in a newspaper.

I am a journalist with 11 years' experience at national and regional newspapers. Originally from Somerset, I started my career at The Independent in London in 1998 spending three years in the news and features departments, before returning to the West Country. I joined the Western Daily Press in 2002, becoming deputy chief sub-editor. I volunteered for redundancy in April this year so that I could make my dream of starting a new online newspaper for Bristol come true.

While I may be running a small company without the resources of a large media organisation, I can assure you that I am very serious in my aim to produce high-quality journalism within a trusted product people will want to access on a daily basis.

I hope you visit my site from June 29 on and give me any constructive criticism you have. You can also follow me on Twitter at @bristol247.

Christopher Brown
Editor, Bristol24-7
PO Box 2930, Bristol BS6 9FJ
Tel: 0117 2309 247
Mob: 07766 752422
Skype: bristol247