Battle for print readers

Former JP editor launches rival Borders weekly

Hawick paperA former Johnston Press editor has launched a rival weekly newspaper in the Scottish Borders.

Jason Marshall, who edited the Hawick News for nine years, took voluntary redundancy from JP in May and last Friday published the first edition of The Hawick Paper.

The Paper costs 90p and employs a full-time advertising executive, with several freelance reporters and photographers contributing.

According to Mr Marshall, who worked for JP for 30 years, newsagents reported strong demand with some selling out.

He told a trade website: “We’ve had a phenomenal reaction to the paper from townsfolk and advertisers, all of whom have backed us to the hilt. We’re a hyper-local title, with reporters on the ground in Hawick.

“There’s not a word in our paper today that doesn’t concern our town and that’s the only way we will succeed.”

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