Wanstead gets a new newspaper

img_7927 img_8676Not many places get new newspapers nowadays – in fact the opposite is true with more than 300 newspapers closing across the UK in the past ten years.

But Wanstead has bucked the trend with the launch of a new free weekly newspaper – the Wanstead and Woodford Recorder. Issues are being handed out on Wanstead High Street and there will presumably be some door-to-door distribution.

It will come as an unwelcome development for the Wanstead and Woodford Guardian, but is good news for readers – nothing sharpens journalistic ambition like competition.

Wansteadium reader Clive Power has been incredibly quick off the blocks by comparing the rival editions and offers the following analysis.


 W&W GuardianW&W Recorder
Editions: Thurs 13 October 2016Total size of stories (not including headlines & pix)
Wanstead & Woodford news10.68m²         52%11.99m²       52%
Other news: pan-Redbridge1.36m²            7%5.72m²        24%
Out of area news8.45m²          41%5.55m²        24%


Wanstead & Woodford sport0.93m²             8%3.73m²        23%
Local sport, incl WHUFC, LOFC6.37m²           53%11.24m²       70%
Out of area sport4.67m²           39%1.07m²         7%
        (100%)                  (100%)


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He adds this note:

I measured the size of the news (including planning applications) and sports stories. I did not include headlines or photos or old stories reprinted.  So I did not include the many Reception class photos in this week’s W&WG (although only 10 out of 61 of these were from W&W schools).

I did not include the letters as there hasn’t been time for W&WR letters yet (although it is likely to print the same letters as the Ilford Recorder). W&WG had 4 letters (all ‘out of area’) this week; W&WR had 6 (from the Ilford Recorder) plus social media points.


5 thoughts on “Wanstead gets a new newspaper”

  1. The W & W Guardian is increasingly including news of Epping, Waltham Abbey etc. which is of zero interest to W & W readers. Also, many instances of duplicated articles within the paper. Padded out with court reports, planning applications and adverts. I remember the ‘Woodford Times’ and ‘Express & Independent’ – both truly LOCAL papers. It will be interesting to see if Guardian and Recorder both survive, especially as the Recorder is free.

  2. can somebody please post me a copy if i send a stamped addressed envelope as i used to live in wanstead and would like to look at this paper many thanks

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