Editor’s Letter: This is the biggest challenge the Ham&High has ever faced. I’m asking for your help to overcome it.
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Dear reader, Have you heard the phrase “news desert”?
It’s been coined in America to describe what is left behind when a newspaper closes down and the community it served is suddenly left without a source of credible and comprehensive news and information.
You can guess what happens next in those places when the vital scrutiny that a campaigning local newspaper provides is gone; when no-one is there to shine a light on that which is hidden from the public.
I’m determined that Hampstead and Highgate will never become a news desert - and I need your help to stop it happening.
That’s why I’m asking you to give your financial support to our work. You can contribute any amount you like, as a one-off or a recurring contribution.
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Why am I asking this now?
More of you are reading the Ham&High than ever before, and increasingly that is on your mobile phones, tablets and laptops rather than in print.
- 1 Highgate mental illness charity sees 'desperation' rise during Covid year
- 2 St John's Wood High Street traders' fears after Harry's closure
- 3 Belsize cameraman remembers Jim Henson and The Muppet Show
- 4 North London nurses: 1% NHS pay offer is a 'kick in the teeth'
- 5 Owner mourns Highgate station’s beloved black cat
- 6 Police officer suffers leg injury after BMW stopped during 'routine patrol'
- 7 Two men charged after police find 'gun, cash and drugs' in Brent Cross flat
- 8 Labour's Sadiq Khan wins London mayoral election
- 9 Arsenal held by Aston Villa on final day of WSL season
- 10 Graham goal gives Tottenham win at Birmingham in WSL finale
We’re delighted to serve so many of you - but please understand that trusted journalism costs money to produce, and the money we make from digital page views is a fraction of that from paper sales.
Our advertising revenues have also been hit by the tech giants, many of whom pay little or no tax here.
Still, we are determined to continue to keep fighting for you and our area.
In recent years, the Ham&High has fought for Nazanin Zaghari-Radcliffe’s freedom from the earliest days of her unjust imprisonment more than four years ago, as well as shone a light on the contaminated blood scandal which afflicted members of our community in hugely distressing ways.
So please help us with a contribution to supporting award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.
Every single gesture of support will help us make sure Hampstead and Highgate does not become a news desert.
André Langlois, Editor