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November 22, 2008 at 11:00 pm #1723adminKeymaster
Hello everyone! Just to let you know, I am starting up an English language newspaper in Vienna aimed at tourists and expats in the New year. I have just returned from Ecuador and Cuba where I have been working as a journalist for the last six months, and it’s time for something new. My monthly paper will start at 12 pages, tabloid size, and I hope to go to print for Feb. We need short, snappy news articles and colourful photos to appeal to the tourist readership. a few 3-400 word articles on local news, then a feature or two, reviews, opinions, international news, EU news etc. It has to be something that tourists can pick up and put down easily. Although I ultimately hope to make a bit of money from advertising, I want at least 60% editorial, inefficient as it may be (I have an image in my mind of how this should look). I will bankroll the project myself, and I don’t expect it to make any money soon. The distribution plan is pretty much sorted out. Anyone who wants in must realise I can’t pay them for their work. So far, I think I’ve got some Vienna Uni. Journalist students who might write for their CVs,’ a Franco-Croat Cartoonist based in London, and a prodigy playwright (recently premiered at the Edinburgh festival), sending various shorts in from his dormitory in an English boarding school. Desperately need more!!November 24, 2008 at 12:38 am #1724g_mirage2Member
This is a great idea…I was also wondering where could I write (and send my photos)…in English, so I created a blog which sometimes contain current events around Vienna…like this one: http://viennadaily.blogspot.com/2008/11/supermen.html.
Though managing a paper isnt really easy…and it should lso be decided if the paper is a daily/weekly/monthly publication. I’ll come back to check on the progress…November 24, 2008 at 12:41 am #1725g_mirage2Member
Oh, alex, I read your reply late, my husband and I worked also in publishing, I as a writer/photographer and he as an iluustrator/layout designer. We’ll try to help so just let us know…Thanks for the op!November 24, 2008 at 10:11 am #1726adminKeymaster
I wonder if a better option might be to chase a British newspaper and get them to start printing locally, like they do in Spain also – at least the news would be up-to-date and not a day old for 3 euros.
I have never had trouble getting the European versions of The Guardian or The Independent on the day of publication (even in the morning) although admittedly 3 Euro a pop is difficult to justify a purchase every day. Then again you can read them in their entirety online for free (like you didn’t know that already).
But I am with Silvia in that I wouldn’t buy a paper/magazine aimed at the English speaking community unless it dealt with real news and not just features about life in Austria/Vienna which I can get from – at worst – any of the free newspapers in the u-Bahn.
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