The Bradley Stoke Journal magazine is retiring

…but our hugely popular Journal website and social media channels will continue to provide local news coverage!

By Stephen Hortonjournal editor

I regret to inform readers that the May 2022 issue of Bradley Stoke Journal magazine will be the last you will receive in your mailbox.

I hope you have enjoyed reading our in-depth coverage of local news since the first issue of our magazine was published in May 2013.

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Issue 1 of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (May 2013).

Printing a free newspaper and distributing it to thousands of homes has always been a financially difficult exercise, but thanks to the tremendous support of our advertisers, we have managed to keep our heads above water and continue to publish high quality products for over nine years (adding Stoke Gifford Journal magazine October 2018).

However, cost pressures resulting from Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic, combined with falling demand in the wider print advertising market, have made matters worse over the past two years.

More recently, the energy crisis has caused printing prices to soar, and the notification of a new increase (the third in 10 months) from April 1 unfortunately broke the camel’s back.

Another factor in the decision to cease publication was your publisher’s desire to start taking things easier as normal retirement age approaches!

While it would have been possible to struggle for a few more years by lowering the quality threshold and building a magazine out of shoddy and irrelevant press releases, that’s not a path we wanted to take.

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Online presence continues

But the good news is that we will continue our extensive local news coverage across all of our existing online channels: website, Facebook and Twitter.

Please take a moment to explore our newly revamped and fully responsive website (bradleystokejournal.co.uk), which is full of news articles and information pages.

To stay fully informed of all that is happening in the region, we recommend that you follow our Twitter feed (@TheBSJournal), which includes breaking news, bits that don’t warrant an article on the website, and links to relevant news from other publishers. You don’t need to have a Twitter account to read it.

You can also check the latest tweets on our website homepage.

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Tips for navigating the Bradley Stoke Journal website (mobile view).

To make sure you don’t miss any local news, why not sign up for our email newsletter? To subscribe, click the email icon at the top of our website. You will not receive more than one email per day.

Thank you for reading our magazine. See you soon online!

This article originally appeared in the May 2022 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 29).