Roman Road Trust gives not-for-profit media company Social Streets the licence to relaunch Roman Road LDN high street magazine.
Roman Road LDN was relaunched in January 2018 and is a digital-only brand, though special print editions are planned. The online magazine covers local lifestyle, culture and community news as well as things to do in the Roman Road area of Tower Hamlets, which includes Bow, Mile End, Fish Island, parts of Hackny Wick, Stepney and Globe Town.
Roman Road LDN was first piloted back in 2014 by digital content consultant Tabitha Stapely as a pilot to test Stapely’s vision for hyper local journalism. Stapely then went on to found community and economic development trust Roman Road Trust to learn about community from the bottom up. Stapely then went on to found non-profit digital publishing company Social Streets.
Social Streets will work closely with Roman Road Trust to ensure the Roman Road LDN magazine is embedded in the local community and helps support the Trust’s community development projects.
Social Streets is a Community Interest Company (C.I.C) offering education and skills training at the core of its operations. The not-for-profit digital publishing company has partnered with Mulberry UTC to provide their students with work placement and apprenticeship opportunities. Social Streets will also be offering digital training and mentoring to local businesses and community groups.
Social Streets is based at the new Mulberry UTC on Parnell Road in Bow.
The relaunch of Roman Road LDN magazine has been funded by London Borough of Tower Hamlets’s High Streets and Town Centre department as part of its Thriving High Street programme.
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As a not-for-profit media organisation using ethical journalism to strengthen communities, we have not put our digital content behind a paywall or membership scheme as we think the benefits of an independent, local publication should be available to everyone living in our area.
If a fraction of the local 40,000 residents donated two pounds a month to Roman Road LDN it would be enough for our editorial team to serve the area full time and be beholden only to the community. Media is accountable to those who finance it. We want to be accountable to readers. Not to corporate sponsors, not to local government. To you. A pound at a time, we believe we can get there.