Camdenist is a new magazine-style cross-platform media title, currently in beta mode.
Our goal is to create a totally new approach to local publishing, using the latest technology – and some of the oldest, too – as a means to connect people and promote all the good things that happen in the London Borough of Camden.
We feel that the Covid crisis, and the difficult times ahead, mean there’s never been greater need for a collaborative and democratic form of locally-focused media.
We’re not aligned with the council, any other organisations or local stakeholders, however we do look forward to creative partnerships in the near future.
Here’s our launch manifesto. We welcome all feedback, and hope you’ll want to be involved, as a reader, contributor, partner or critic, and grow with us.
Promoting the local economy at this vital moment in history
- Use of local sources of employment, skills, training, talent, supply chain and services wherever possible
- Pro-actively encourage a more circular local economy, keeping spending local beyond the COVID era by offering a showcase for all local businesses
- Supporting the return of strong arts, creative and night-time economies
- Shining a light on innovative visions for sustainable high streets, low/zero-carbon transportation and data-driven decisions and improvements in Camden
Engaging equally with all members of the community
- Improve intergenerational communication with our editorial approach and tone when covering local issues
- Offer meaningful participatory opportunities to locals of all social backgrounds, ethnic origins and age groups
- Facilitate the exchange of truthful, accurate information and ideas – on and off our platforms
- Strengthen media literacy and content creation skills by demonstrating best practice in our work, output and training opportunities
Leading a culture-first agenda
- Pro-actively support the unique cultural institutions, existing artistic legacy and the many creative individuals based in the London Borough of Camden, through and beyond the COVID crisis
- Our editorial policy will always focus on positive storytelling about the people, places and initiatives in an area
- Partnering with existing charity and youth programmes with an aim to give meaningful training opportunities to the next generation, in investigative, cultural and opinion-based journalism
Support the very best environmental practices
This should go without saying, but our specific policies include:
- Use of 100% recycled newsprint for our physical publications
- Electric vehicles and e-cargo-bikes for distribution
- Website to run on clean energy data centres
- Continually pushing our suppliers to reduce their own environmental impact
- Support of sympathetic regeneration projects with eco credentials at their heart, and sustainable heritage informing their future
Collectively building a new model for local media
- Ensuring that Camdenist is a sustainable community asset with a long-term future as soon as possible
- Involving our readers intrinsically in the editorial process via meetings, forums, feedback and a transparent editorial planning process
- Pioneering partnerships with key local stakeholder businesses without compromising editorial integrity
- Use of the very latest data insights and new technologies for public good
- Challenge old working practices by partnering with our rivals, and connecting private, public and community entrepreneurs on initiatives that directly invest in local development