Local news website launches print edition in York

A York-based news website with ambitions to "secure the future of the local media'is launching a new monthly news magazine two months after the site went live thanks to funding from the from Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

One & Other launched in September with a mission to 're-inject the relevance, intelligence, charm, beauty and purpose'back into the regional news agenda.

The first city to have a One & Other bureau was York but there are plans to launch in another seven cities in the UK within the next three years, including daily news and culture websites, weekly newspapers, monthly magazines and events.

The social enterprise was set up with the help of a small grant from UnLtd, a charity supporting social entrepreneurs, and the print edition has been supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Content on the website is currently created by community members and aspiring journalists but in the New Year it will be hiring a full-time team of editorial staff, though the numbers have not yet been finalised.

Founder Stuart Goulden said that in keeping with their "open and free approach'there will be no cover price for the magazine.

He also said it would use the backing of the foundation to extend the support they provide to local causes and community groups in York by helping raise awareness of the positive work they are doing.

'At One & Other, we have always believed that local media has the potential and responsibility to act as a catalyst for positive change in local communities, and this takes us one step closer to testing this theory,'said Goulden

He added: 'We want to publicly thank everybody at Joseph Rowntree Foundation for their enthusiasm and backing for the adventure we're embarking on as we attempt to become part of the solution to the UK's biggest social issues."

Nancy Kelley, Joseph Rowntree Foundation deputy director of research, said: 'The Joseph Rowntree Foundation's York Committee grants are aimed at supporting and strengthening the communities of York and reducing poverty and social exclusion.

'One&Other is a great example of an innovative project with the potential to make a real contribution to life in York, and we hope the grant will support the project to reach out to and work with people living in poverty in the city."

The magazine, which will have a circulation of between 15-20,000, will be designed by creative agency The Beautiful Meme.

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