Not 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 Guardian||W&W Recorder|
|Editions: Thurs 13 October 2016||Total size of stories (not including headlines & pix)|
|Wanstead & Woodford news||10.68m² 52%||11.99m² 52%|
|Other news: pan-Redbridge||1.36m² 7%||5.72m² 24%|
|Out of area news||8.45m² 41%||5.55m² 24%|
|Wanstead & Woodford sport||0.93m² 8%||3.73m² 23%|
|Local sport, incl WHUFC, LOFC||6.37m² 53%||11.24m² 70%|
|Out of area sport||4.67m² 39%||1.07m² 7%|
|Price||65p||Free (80p where sold)|
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.