theblogpaper: The UK’s First User Generated Newspaper
theblogpaper is a user-generated blog-newspaper hybrid that has recently appeared in London.
With the long anticipated demise of one of London’s premier free newspapers (thelondonpaper) changing the landscape of how commuting Londoners are consuming printed media, (the capital’s other free newspapers, the London Lite and the Metro, do remain) there has been a perceived opening in the market for other fresher publications to fill the void of the fallen tabloid monolith. And so steps forward theblogpaper, the UK’s first user generated newspaper.
The paper was born from theblogpaper site – a conceptualised online space that allows for users to submit articles and photographs to have them discussed, commented on and potentially printed in what is now a weekly publication. Handed out by polite young chaps at train stations across the capital, theblogpaper effectively combines the mediums of print and digital to create a balance between who controls the media by shifting power from ‘the few’, and then by returning it to ‘the many’.