There I was, sitting in a coffee shop, chatting with my old newspaper publisher mate Don Gordon Brown, and before I knew it we had decided to have another crack at publishing a print newspaper again. Together, this time.

Like a couple of old fire horses hearing the alarm go off, and champing at the bit to race off to the fire. Really, you'd think we'd know better at our stage of life.

Be that as it may, we shook hands on the deal then and there so are now both committed to it.

We reckon we have a sweet angle this time. We're going to combine the two titles, sort of two papers in one. If you read it one way, it'll be the Independent for eight pages. If you turn it around, however, you'll be reading the Westender.

I'll distribute my half of the print run in my neighbourhood - West End, South Brisbane, Highgate Hill, Woolloongabba, etc - with the Westender front page facing up.

Don will do the same over in his neck of the woods - Fortitude Valley, New Farm, Newstead, etc - with the Independent front page uppermost. And we'll carve up the CBD distribution between us.

It sounded pretty good when we were talking about it.

We get to split the print bill which is a great advantage.

Our advertisers also get a much wider geographical spread, which I'm sure they'll appreciate.

And I get back to a tabloid newspaper format again, after dallying with a magazine style "look" for the past couple of incarnations.

The first edition of the new look newspaper is due to hit the streets April 22nd, so if you have any hot news or gossip, or wish to advertise, please let me know ASAP.

How exciting!

Cheers

The Publisher

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