James Cracknell of The Enfield Dispatch joins John and Frances 14th January

James Cracknell joins John and Frances on Tuesday 14th January for Afternoon Delight between 1 and 3 pm

Enfield resident James Cracknell, who has edited Waltham Forest Echo since 2015, is the editor of Enfield Dispatch and is now combining both jobs.James will talk about the decline for so many local newspapers around the country.James was shocked when the long-running local paper Enfield Gazette & Advertiser was suddenly. He previously worked as a freelance reporter for the Advertiser and felt that its closure left a big hole to fill.

“Local papers play a fundamental role in their communities, as a platform for people to raise concerns, promote events and projects, and hold authority to account. I hope that Enfield Dispatch will help fulfil this role in Enfield and I would urge local people to show their support for community media and get behind it!”

The monthly Enfield Dispatch is published by Social Spider Community Interest Company (CIC), which currently publishes two successful newspapers in north-east London; Waltham Forest Echo (established 2014) and Tottenham Community Press (established 2016).

Like its sister papers, Enfield Dispatch will be written by and for local people and be made available to pick up for free in cafes, pubs, doctors’ surgeries, libraries, community centres, hair salons, places of worship, and outside railway stations. It will include local news, features about community projects and campaigns, comment and opinion on what’s happening in the borough, interviews with local people, and previews of local events.

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