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Star date: 19th October 2009 

SALFORD STAR AIMING TO PRINT MAGAZINE AGAIN

We said we couldn't do it – they said we could!

The award winning Salford Star magazine has not been in print for just over a year. Now the company is aiming to get another printed issue out as soon as possible…

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The last issue of Salford Star appeared in September 2008 and has since been operating incredibly successfully online. Every month has seen an increase in unique visitors and the experimental issue 9 which appeared on the website last April actually drew treble the number of readers that the 15,000 print run would normally get.

However, we're well aware that while it's great that so many people are seeing our stories, the majority of our core readers don't have access to the web. The digital divide is as wide as the wealth divide. Particularly in Salford. 

The aim was always to get back into print so no-one is excluded from seeing the magazine. And donations have continued to be given towards this end – from trade unions, from well wishers and from our collecting boxes throughout Central Salford. But the amounts were never enough to cover the £6,500 cost of the getting the mag back out on the streets where it belongs.

During a chat with some of our supporters we said that the magazine is finished, that it would never come out again because no public funder will go near it - despite talking the talk about community empowerment and the importance of the local media to democracy and accountability and all that.

They said `Can you find 100 people to donate £10 a month? 100 people who really want the Salford Star to come out again?'  We said `No, everyone's skint!'

They said `You'll never know unless you ask' – And we asked a few people who immediately filled out a bank form for a tenner a month (and more)…

Can we find 100 people to donate? Dunno. But when we do find those golden 100 the Salford Star will be back out on the streets…

Anyone who might be interested in helping please e-mail info@salfordstar.com and we'll send you a form…or phone 07957 982960.

We still don't think it can be done. But we've been told to have faith… 

 

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Alex wrote
at 02:32:52 on 21 October 2009
Were all skint stephen but if you could get me an affiliation form me and my housemates would chip together, also if you give me some spare form i rekon i could get quite a few
 
john wrote
at 19:46:04 on 19 October 2009
hi steve bring the form in i am up for that no problem keep up the good work
 
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