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TOPIC: Dispatched! Enfield's new community newspaper hits the streets

Dispatched! Enfield's new community newspaper hits the streets 02 Oct 2018 23:06 #4101

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enfield dispatch issue 1 page 1aThe first issue of Enfield's new community newspaper has been published.  Delivery to 222 distribution points throughout the borough began on Friday and should be complete by Wednesday.

Fourteen of the 16 pages of the first ever Enfield Dispatchare entirely devoted to news and features about the borough - easily outstripping the small number of column inches which the existing "local" paper, the Enfield Independent, dedicates to Enfield.

The Dispatch is the third community newspaper published by Walthamstow-based Social Spider CIC, which works on projects around social finance, community media, health, mental health and developing digital solutions to social challenges.

The majority of the content has been written by local community journalists, but the publication has been professionally edited by Southgate resident James Cracknell, who has also employed his reporting skills to update us on important local issues, such as the Meridian Water regeneration project, the arguments within the local Labour group about councillor candidate selection, the suspension of the Conservative whip from two councillors, the petition to save the Intimate Theatre, and more.

Articles submitted by community journalists cover a very wide range of subjects, including the project to improve water quality in the Pymmes Brook, a new Age UK Enfield project, an interview with the outgoing manager of Forty Hall Farm, the amalgamation of borough police forces, opportunities to hear live classical music in Enfield, films at the Dugdale to mark Black History Month and a new children's choir.  And, naturally, on the last page, a report on Enfield Town's prospects for promotion from the Isthmian Premier League.

Enfield Dispatch distributors in Palmers Green

Hugs and Mugs Wishing Well
Kiva Coffee House Hayaty Shisha
Sainsburys Local Ruth Winston Community Centre
Vaporium Palmers Green Library
My Time Cafe Winchmore Hill Library
Palmers Cafe Cult Salons
Greens Cafe St John the Evangelist Church
Craft Hairdressers  

Map showing all 222 distribution points



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Interview with the editor of the Enfield Dispatch community newspaper 08 Oct 2018 19:49 #4102

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The amazing Enfield Voices Facebook group continues to pump out interviews on subjects of local importance at an astounding rate. Francis Sealey has now brought two further interviewers on board - Katy Davies and Julia Daniel. Below, Katy Davies talks to James Cracknell, editor of the Enfield Dispatch, about the new community newspaper, and about the state of and prospects for journalism in general.

It's very good to hear from James that it's no longer his dream to work at one of the big national papers - he's discovered his niche in local community journalism

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Have the Enfield Dispatch read to you 11 Oct 2018 01:01 #4107

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Enfield Talking News have now read and recorded the first edition of the Enfield Dispatch, making it available to blind and partially sighted people. And greatly increasing the quantity of news about the borough that they can now access.

You can sign up to received ETN recordings at .

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