West Leeds Dispatch launches pilot print edition

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Read all about it! We’re really pleased to announce we’ve produced a pilot printed edition of West Leeds Dispatch – just months after the Coronavirus pandemic led us to scrap our initial plans to move into print.

WLD is one of just eight independent news organisations (and 25 freelance journalists) across Europe to be awarded €5,000 each for specific initiatives to engage their communities during the pandemic. 

The funding comes from the European Journalism COVID-19 Support Fund, in partnership with the Facebook Journalism Project (FJP).

The paper features new and exclusive content from across West Leeds written by more than 25 community contributors.

Due to the pandemic, we’re distributing the paper directly to the area’s most vulnerable residents.

5,000 papers are being delivered directly through neighbourhood networks like Bramley Elderly Action, Armley Helping Hands and Owls, as well as organisations who have led the wider community response to Covid-19 including Barca Leeds, New Wortley Community Centre and Unit 11 in Kirkstall.

If you’d like to pick up a copy, papers can also be picked up at the following places:

  • Bramley Community Centre
  • The Wine Shop, Bramley Town Street
  • Blue Tiger, Bramley
  • Farsley Post Office
  • Scrap and Sunnybank Gallery in Farsley
  • Calverley Post Office 
  • New Wortley Community Centre (from September 2)
  • Kirkstall Valley Development Trust, Unit 11, Kirkstall Bridge

and others to be announced!

You can also read August’s edition online here

Please let us know what you think of our pilot by e-mailing news@westleedsdispatch.com or post in the comments below! Should we produce more copies?

Although the planned April newspaper didn’t make it to print, we did produce a virtual version which you can read here.



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