From the Journal’s Managing Director, Alex Lister
One month ago, the Journal put its first story onto social media. We couldn’t have predicted what would happen next.
In the first month our stories have been read over 80,000 times by more than 37,000 people. We revealed that Club Chem was taking over Steinbeck & Shaw, and we were first to break the story of nurse Jackie Moskovits, sacked for calling her boss a d***head on social media. At our busiest we’ve had more than 5,000 people a day logging onto the Journal to read the latest district news.
We’ve welcomed multiple contributions from the Labour party, the Conservatives, the Lib Dems, and the Greens.
We’ve examined issues around parking, housing, homelessness, and students. We’ve brought you a glimpse inside our magistrates’ court, not to mention keeping you updated on what the council has been up to.
We’ve had a very diverse mix of feedback from our readers.
Local resident Andrew Richardson wrote that we are “shameful, dishonest and really really extreme left wing.”
Librarian Ian Clark questioned whether we are “the latest anti-Labour strategy in Canterbury” and likened us to the Daily Mail.
Susan Juliet Wyles left us a five-star review saying “I love everything I’ve read over the past few weeks and feel more hopeful for the future in the area.”
As we enter our second month, the Canterbury Journal will continue to bring you the latest news supported by commentary from across the political and social spectra.
We hope that (most of) you have enjoyed reading the Journal. We’ve got some exciting things in the pipeline and we look forward to bringing them to you.
If you have a story or would like to contribute to the Journal, please get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.