Camden New Journal
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The Camden New Journal is a free, independent newspaper that covers the London Borough of Camden. It was launched by editor Eric Gordon in 1982 following a two-year strike at its predecessor, the Camden Journal. supported by campaigning journalist Paul Foot and Holborn and St Pancras MP Frank Dobson. It carries significant influence locally due to its high news content, investigations and high readership. It is frequently critical of local and national government, which has led to attacks by national government ministers as well as local councillors, which is unusual for a local paper. On being awarded its second Press Gazette Free Newspaper of the Year award in 2005, the judges praised how the paper kept its "huge local council on its toes with exclusive after exclusive".
In 2006, the Camden New Journal—and its sister paper the Islington Tribune—broke the national story that Government minister Margaret Hodge had described the war in Iraq as British Prime Minister Tony Blair's biggest mistake.
In 2008, journalist Paul Keilthy was nominated in both the Reporter Of The Year and Feature Writer Of The Year categories at the Press Gazette awards. Richard Osley was also shortlisted for Feature Writer Of The Year. Journalists Dan Carrier and Simon Wroe were nominated in 2009 for the same award. William McLennan was named weekly reporter of the year at the Regional Press Awards 2018. The newspaper was nominated for Newspaper Of The Year for regional newspapers with high circulations.
It was named Free Newspaper of The Year at Press Gazette's national industry awards in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2010 and 2018. It was nominated in 2002 and 2004.
Current journalists include Dan Carrier, William McLennan, Emily Finch, Helen Chapman, Samantha Booth, Steve Barnett, Tom Foot and Richard Osley. One contributor, Rose Hacker, was believed to be the world's oldest columnist; her column ceased with her death in 2008 at the age of 101. The paper also includes a diary page, penned by John Gulliver.
New Journal Enterprises groupEdit
The Camden New Journal, Islington Tribune, West End Extra, and The Review are all publications of New Journal Enterprises. The Islington Tribune is a widely-read local newspaper in the London Borough of Islington, contributed to by Koos Couvée and Joe Cooper. Former reporters include Kim Janssen and Andrew Walker, who works for the BBC, as well as former Camden New Journal deputy editor Andrew Johnson. Peter Gruner, an award-winning environment journalist who previously worked for the Evening Standard, worked for the title until 2015.
Other newspapers in the same areaEdit
- Hampstead & Highgate Express ("Ham and High"; not free)
- "How a cultural revolution came to Camden Town". Press Gazette. 25 August 2005.
- Tim Dawson (26 March 2010). "Eric Gordon – The Camden New Journal". New Model Journalism.
- "Publications by New Journal Enterprises". Camden New Journal. Retrieved 29 July 2018.