Bristol journalist takes redundancy to launch local website – Press Gazette
Bristol journalist takes redundancy to launch local website
2 July 2009 by Aduke Thomson
A journalist who took redundancy from the Western Daily Press earlier this year has realised his dream to launch a dedicated local news website for Bristol. Chris Brown said he first came up with the idea for Bristol247.com three years ago.
The new site, which launched this week, aims to be be the first port of call for visitors and local people to find out what’s going on in the city. “The idea came to me when my girlfriend and I were trying to find somewhere to go and watch a firework display in Bristol,” he told Press Gazette. “We trawled the internet in search of somewhere but we couldn’t find a thing.”
“I would like to make the website as informative as possible, so new material will constantly be added to improve the website’s functionality,” he said.
Currently, Brown writes most of the stories himself. He has no employed staff but said he was lucky to have had many offers to help out.