Leeds independent launches newspaper

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South Leeds Life has gone into print with a free 12-page tabloid newspaper.

The website, which previously produced a quarterly magazine which stopped in 2012 due to lack of funds, has today announced its newsprint debut will take place this weekend at the Beeston Festival.

Posting on the website, Jeremy Morton said the decision to go into print had been made to reach more residents in the area, especially those who aren’t online yet.

He said: “The newspaper will kick off a campaign to encourage more residents to volunteer their time and skills in the community. It also has a report from South Leeds Foodbank as well as looking ahead to summer galas, local history and sport.

“This first edition of the newspaper is a pilot. If it is successful we hope to produce a regular monthly newspaper starting in the autumn. To be financially sustainable we will be looking for advertisers.”

This launch is the latest independent publication to choose a printed format. As we reported last week, taking local enterprises offline is becoming something of a trend across the north. The Salford Star is also due to return to print this autumn.

* SLL NewspaperThe paper, which will be available a community venues across South Leeds from next week, will be available at the stall at Beeston Festival on Saturday 14 June.