Newspaper number 3,000,000: The History of London’s Chinatown

The London Chinatown Oral History Project newspaper

We hit a very special milestone on 29 April, when we printed our 3,000,000th newspaper. As we print so many small runs of newspapers (often just one copy), there was great excitement in the office as we watched the orders come in, trying to work out which one was number three million.

We’re delighted to say that the winning newspaper is a digital tabloid designed by the London Chinatown Oral History Project. Their newspaper, written mainly in Chinese, is a collection of memories from 90 people who have lived or worked in London’s Chinatown over the decades. Their photos and testimonies create a picture of Chinatown through the years, with the sharing of the stories bringing a community together in the process.

The project, which is managed by the Chinese Mental Health Association and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, has been running for two years. The newspaper was published to mark the end of the project, and given to participants at a special event on 10 May as a lasting record of their participation. It is also available online through the Newsagent.

The London Chinatown Oral History Project newspaper

Thanks to Rebecca Tang and Tina Aileen Au from the London Oral History Project for printing with us, and for making our 3,000,000th newspaper such a special one.

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Could your newspaper be Paper of the Month?

featured-newspapers

We get some really smart papers added to our Newsagent every month. In case you haven’t seen it, the Newsagent is the part of our site where you can share your newspaper and show it off to the world. We pick a selection for the home page each week, and starting in May we’ll pick one to be Paper of the Month. If you fancy your chances, share your paper and you could win a £100 Newspaper Club voucher.

How to share your newspaper

Sharing is completely under your control. If you have a paper in your account, select it from your Dashboard and look for the ‘Share’ option on the top right. You can create a profile page with a bio and links, and choose to share the cover or the whole thing, depending on how generous you’re feeling.

Check out some of our recently published papers

Looking for some inspiration? Why not have a look at:

It’s good to share.

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ARTHR is dead, long live ARTHR!

Today we’re very pleased to announce the full release of the new and improved version of our online newspaper making tool, ARTHR. It’s been in testing for a while, but it’s now the default tool if you go into your dashboard and press “Make a Newspaper“. Hurrah!

As part of this, we’re shutting down the old version of ARTHR, now known as ARTHR Classic. This post details how the shutdown will work, and if you’re still using it, important dates to finish your work by.

As of today you can still make a paper in ARTHR Classic, but it’s not recommended unless you have a good reason. If you do, we’d like to hear about it, so we can see how the new version of ARTHR might meet your needs.

Barring any problems, on 18th March, we’ll stop people being able to make new newspapers in ARTHR Classic. If you’ve already started one before then, it’ll still be editable.

Then, on 1st April, we’ll stop people being able to edit newspapers in ARTHR Classic, and the tool will disappear from the site. On that date your newspaper will be converted to a PDF on our site, and you’ll be able to download the contents as a PDF, InDesign document or a ZIP file containing the stories and pictures.

If you’re working on a paper in ARTHR Classic you’ll need to finish and order it before then. Unfortunately it’s not possible to automatically move your paper from ARTHR Classic to the new version of ARTHR as the structure of the document is significantly different.

If any of that causes you a problem, please let us know and we’ll do our best to help out.

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Merry Christmas / festive opening

Merry Christmas from all at Newspaper Club

Here’s a reminder about our festive opening times

We’ll be closed on the following dates:

  • Monday 24 December 2012 – closing at 12pm
  • Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 December 2011 – closed
  • Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 January 2012 – closed

This means that over the holidays the print days are:

  • Thursday 27 December 2012
  • Thursday 3 January 2013

After that everything is back to normal – printing on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Tough Crowd – funny photographs by Dave Brown

Tough Crowd brochures (mini newspapers) – photo by Sam Witney

Tough Crowd is a new exhibition of portraits by photographer by Dave Brown. When not taking photos, Dave is known to don a gorilla suit and masquerade as Bollo in The Mighty Boosh. So these aren’t any old portraits but atmospheric, low-key photos of some of comedy’s famous faces. Here are some great photos of the opening by Sam Witney.

Noel Fielding and Dave Brown - photo by Sam Witney

Noel Fielding and Dave Brown – photo by Sam Witney

The exhibition is in aid of Afrikids, a UK charity which helps children in Ghana. Dave is an ambassador for the charity and his photos from Africa are also on display. Prints are for sale, as is the exhibition catalogue, a delightful newspaper mini.

Tough Crowd is on at The Strand Gallery, 32 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6BP until 15 December 2012.

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Some pictures from the Glasgow office

Ben here. A few of us from the London office popped up to Glasgow yesterday for a few meetings and a nice dinner. Other people will blog about all the exciting developments discussed in the aforementioned meetings but I wanted to share some pictures from the Glasgow office.

Brilliant CMYK rug

It’s a lovely space, big and airy and filled with light. It’s in a building owned by a group called Wasps who provide studio space for small companies and artists. There’s a really nice atmosphere and even a fabulous cafe downstairs. It feels like a natural space for us to be in.

Postcards

Office

Anne, Emily, Rosie and Silje have made the space their own with some nice touches and variations on the CMYK theme.

Bunting

And there’s loads of brilliant newspapers lying around.

Papers

Newspaper Club stamp

(It’s worth noting that yesterday we agreed a new BLOGGING IS NOW MANDATORY strategy and so far London is winning 2 – 0.)

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Our first Mini customer!

Congratulations to the lovely folks at Oliver Spencer, who were the first customer to order a new Mini newspaper through our site. The mini size is perfect for showing off their stylish wares without taking up too much room on the counter. Ingenious!

If you’d like to see a copy in the wild, pop in to one of Oliver Spencer’s London shops and pick one up. Or if you’d like to see another Mini sample just contact us and we’ll get one in the post.

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We’re launching something exciting tomorrow

As you may have noticed Sales & Marketing have launched a ‘Marketing Campaign’ on the Social Media. Please feel free to “retweet” this blog post.

Other adverts in the series here and here.

The actual launch of the actual new thing will be tomorrow at 2.30pm. Because Matt Webb told us that was the best time to launch a new product.

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Q4 teaser campaign asset 1

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We’re featured in Mulberry’s Brilliant Britain

Today luxury fashion brand Mulberry launches a project called Brilliant Britain.

They say, it’s “a guide to a truly great nation. A bespoke website and printed booklet celebrate the unsung heroes, undiscovered talents, famous landmarks, strange customs and all makes the country we call home such a fantastic, inspiring and exciting place to be.”

Newspaper Club featured in Mulberry's Brilliant Britain project

So that’s us. Our humble little company, we’re one of the unsung heroes and undiscovered talents making Britain an inspiring place to be.

We’re in there with luminaries such as fish and chips, Tate Modern and the beautiful Plumen lights so we’re dead chuffed.

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