SPRING 2014 NEWS: Our print edition of Kentishtowner is commended for Best Niche Newspaper in the 2014 Newspaper Awards[/box]
Welcome to Kentishtowner (yup, all one word), north London’s award-winning daily cultural guide and monthly newsprint magazine.[dropcap]E[/dropcap]stablished in 2010 by broadsheet writer Stephen Emms, we are a good news title (not the “local paper”) and leave the hard stuff to other titles.
Instead, we cover the arts, food, lifestyle, travel and people. Yet we have broken stories locally and globally, gone from online to print – and the wider press has followed our every move, with features everywhere from the Sunday Times to a slot on primetime BBC1.[unordered_list style=”tick”]
- 60,000 monthly readers
- 20,000+ social media followers (including nearly 17K on Twitter)
- 30,000 monthly print edition readers
- Read by over 100,000 Londoners monthly
SUMMER 2013: Kentishtowner online is commended for Best Digital Service at 2013 UK Newspaper Awards alongside guardian.co.uk, sundaytimes.co.uk and metro.co.uk[/box]
The borough of Camden, and of course Kentish Town itself, may be at the heart of what we do, but we love London as a whole. That’s why our name is one word (a publication) not two (the place).
Don’t worry: we’re not bound too rigidly by geography, and are happy to feature other areas in the capital, as well as enjoying a thriving weekly travel section. We even interview people from all walks of life, wherever they live, if they have something interesting to say. After all, people don’t spend their lives in a single postcode.
Kentishtowner is published by London Belongs To Me Ltd daily, from Monday to Saturday, and sometimes more. We’ve been profiled or featured in The Sunday Times, Independent, FT, Metro, Time Out, Londonist and many more. See Press section for more details.
In June 2012 we were awarded funding from innovations charity Nesta to develop the site further. We were one of only 10 online publications in the UK to receive a grant – and the only London-focused one. In October 2012 we relaunched in HTML5 with a GPS ‘Nearby’ feature, an online store, a brand new masthead – and a charitable arm, Young Kentishtowner, which aims to mentor under-18s in journalism and digital publishing. In February 2013 we launched our first monthly print edition, now stocked at over 75 outlets in the borough.[box]
But why Kentishtowner at all?
Simply because Kentish Town itself is ancient. It dates back further (1206) than Camden, or any of the surrounding areas. Thriving by the 15th century, it’s a snapshot of London. It’s pretty much seen it all: industry, wealth, poverty, fashionability (or otherwise) and a dictionary of architectural styles. And of course now, in 2014, it’s up and coming once more; en vogue even.
“I am using Kentish Town to give a local habitation and a name to the expression of something far more general, and in the hope that some readers may be sufficiently interested and inspired to look at other, comparable areas with fresh eyes afterwards.” Gillian Tindall, The Fields Beneath (1977). [/box]
We’re keen for contributions, so if you think you’ve got what it takes, drop us a line. We’re also quite sociable and will consider hook-ups of all kinds, be they editorial, sponsored or whatever, and we’ll read well-written press releases or any relevant information about any of the above.[box type=”alert” style=”rounded” icon=”none”]
Did you know we have two sister titles?
About us and masthead
Founding editor Stephen Emms has written for UK titles including The Guardian, Independent, Sunday Times Travel, The Times, Coast and Time Out. Co-editor Tom Kihl was deputy editor of DJ Magazine, before starting up his own social media agency.
Founding editor and publisher Stephen Emms
Co-editor and publisher Tom Kihl
Designer Olly Skinner
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The Old House,
39-41 North Road
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Kentishtowner is published by London Belongs To Me Ltd. [/box]
We will always state clearly if we are invited or hosted by an interested party in return for a meal or trip. Submissions may be edited and published unless they’re expressly marked private or of a sensitive nature. We can’t always get back to you to confirm inclusion so please keep an eye on what is published daily on the site.
We do not have the resources to retweet, and never tweet or Facebook links to sites or articles other than our own, so advise you not to ask us.
Please pitch us stories relevant to what we cover to avoid disappointment.
To read about our comments policy and community standards head here.[box] All original content is © London Belongs To Me 2013. No words or images may be reproduced without permission from the copyright holder. [/box]