This week has been one to remember at One&Other HQ. Falling days in advance of our eight month birthday, we launched our new online TV channel for York oneandother.tv, distributed the taster issue of One&Other York magazine, and made an appearance at the 2012 Newspaper Awards. We came close in the awards, being commended for digital news innovation, but ultimately lost to the Telegraph. As the only independent and start-up news organisation on the shortlist we’re glad we could fly the flag for hyperlocal journalism.
Innovation will make or break local news in the next decade and we’re keen to always be moving forwards so keep you eyes open for lots of new updates to oneandother.com soon.
In terms of our first foray into print, we believe the future of local media isn’t doom and gloom reporting laid out to an uninspiring grid, and printed on cheap paper. That’s very clear from the taster issue of One&Other York magazine which has been distributed and devoured over the weekend. Here’s a very small selection of the early feedback we received on Twitter:
Flicking through @OneAndOtherYork 's first print magazine... God I'm lucky to live in this city— Sophie Coulombeau (@WritingMyRites) April 29, 2012
@OneAndOtherYork picked up a copy this week in town. Brilliant, stylish read. Well done, looking forward to more.— Liz Fishley (@lizalu_fishley) April 29, 2012
Couch, coffee and @OneAndOtherYork Issue 1. Well done guys its fantastic.— Hedgepig Theatre (@Hedgepigtheatre) April 28, 2012
The family are coming to visit tomorrow.. They don't know they're joining me on the hunt for @OneAndOtherYork's first print copy. History.— Grace Clarke (@gracecmclarke) April 27, 2012
Holding a copy of @OneAndOtherYork's magazine in my hands for the first time. Amazing work guys. Local media done right.— Pat Hadley (@PatHadley) April 27, 2012
Just reading the first print from @OneAndOtherYork it's pretty smashing really. Perfect distraction from a busy day at the office— Oliver (@Oliverpatrice) April 27, 2012
Just picked up @OneAndOtherYork's new mag. Looks fab and brilliantly put together! Congrats!— Hannah Pratt (@HannadaPratt) April 27, 2012
At 44-pages, the taster issue is only half the size of future issues and we’ve a surprised or two up our sleeve for June’s.
Last but not least, we lifted the lid on the clues we’ve been dropping about One&Other TV. With other cities debating how local TV might work in theory we teamed up with Parashoots to give York the first taste of local television with original, exclusively commissioned programming. Featuring a mix of local news, culture, causes and interviews, the high-quality audiovisual content aims to reveal York in all its glory with imaginative and timeless storytelling.
Popular videos include: 50 years of collecting Rowntree’s; York Acoustic’s Fox North Coalition performance at The Inkwell; and a Q&A with comedian Tony Law.
We’re clearly working with some incredibly talented people to change the face of local media and couldn’t possibly have gotten this far without them. Thanks for all your support and here’s to the next eight months!