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About the Islington Gazette

The Islington Gazette is a bold, campaigning newspaper that has served the Islington community since it was founded on September 20, 1856. It is North London’s oldest established newspaper.

In the same year that the Islington Gazette entered the world – so did Sigmund Freud, Keir Hardie and George Bernard Shaw. Queen Victoria was on the throne and instituted the Victoria Cross. A peace conference was held to settle the Crimean War. And Big Ben was cast at Whitechapel Bell Foundry.

The Gazette – now published every Thursday – prides itself on being a people’s paper, shining a light on the big and small issues that matter to the local community. It provides a platform for the expression of opinions, champions local causes and is essential reading for all those who live and work in Islington.

Its first office was a humble abode above a pie shop in Islington High Street. The first copy was a modest four-page affair costing a halfpenny.

The first editor promised his readers a summary of home and foreign news and said he would devote prominent space to “intelligence of a character especially local”.

The Gazette has remained one of London’s most respected and influential local newspapers and speaks with the authority and knowledge that only 150 years in the community can bring.

While the Gazette has always sought to be contemporary and forward-thinking, it has also aimed to protect and conserve all that is good and traditional in our remarkable borough. It stands for consistency and continuity.

In the very first edition of the Gazette, the first editor set out the paper’s principles in a historic leading article.

He said: "We are neither bigots nor latitudinarians; we advocate nothing opposed to the welfare of society and the best interests of our neighbourhood; we shall strive to do our best for the physical, the intellectual, the moral and above all, the spiritual welfare of all classes in the great parish of Islington, without distinction of rank, politics, or sect.

"We shall oppose any attempt to get one class against another or to excite heart burnings or party strife among men who should be united in a bond of brotherhood; in a word, we shall avoid extremes of all kinds, except that which consists in standing forth boldly and fearlessly in the GREAT CAUSE OF TRUTH."

Archant is also the UK's largest independently-owned regional media business. It is a community media company active in the fields of regional newspaper and magazine publishing, contract printing and internet communications. All its titles and web sites serve clearly defined communities, based around locations or interest groups.

As a private company it employs 3000 people right across England and Scotland. Its head office is in Norwich and it has an annual turnover of £194 million.

The newspapers division, Archant Regional, produces four daily regional newspapers and more than 85 weekly titles with a combined circulation of three million copies every week. It is a UK top five regional newspaper publisher. It also publishes many of the group’s 120 websites and a number of its magazines.It’s web sites are award winning and recognised nationally.

Archant also owns three magazine companies, which between them produce around 75 magazines. Archant Specialist is the consumer magazine publishing division. Archant Life produces a growing number of city and county lifestyle magazine titles and several French magazines. Archant Life also producea suite of top quality, glossy consumer magazines in London publishing over 580,000 magazines each month in the Capital. Archant Dialogue is the contract and customer publishing arm of the group.

The Archant Print division has two main printing facilities at Norwich and Ipswich. It prints the majority of the group’s newspaper titles and offers a contract print service at both sites.

You can find out more about Archant by clicking here - Archant

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