It’s great to see the launch of a new newspaper for Lyme Regis. It’s called LymeOnline and it’s a lively 24-page tabloid print companion to the community news website bearing the same name which was launched last month.
It had an initial print run of 4,000 copies and emerged off Newsquest’s excellent Weymouth press in the early hours on Friday for distribution door to door in the town. Editor Francesca Evans, ably supported by her father, Philip, and mother, Jackie, has produced a cracking launch edition, packed with local news, points of view, what’s on information and sport. Crucially too, it’s been well supported by local advertisers.
The pages are illuminated by some of photographer Richard Austin’s best work and there’s a brilliant column by Geoff Baker that’s fizzing with humour and mischief. This is a column equal to the best you might read in the national press and it’s available to enjoy free in LymeOnline – further proof of the quality to be found in the new wave of community publishing.
The arrival of LymeOnline is great news too for the wider community of local independent publishers, who will be encouraged that another title has joined their number. The new paper may also encourage more entrepreneur publishers to follow suit. Credit is due also to Newsquest for helping new community enterprises get their papers to market. Short print runs are not particularly lucrative so it is good to see Newsquest doing their bit to encourage the renaissance in local journalism.
Long may it continue.