Four more reasons why you should write for the Croydon Citizen


By - Friday 18th May, 2018

Join me in putting your thoughts down for all of Croydon to read


The Croydon Citizen‘s new production editor, Cassie Whittell, recently gave her thoughts as to why Croydonians should write for this website.

In it, she makes it clear that writing for the Croydon Citizen is for anyone in Croydon with a pulse; you don’t have to be talented, influential or good-looking. You simply have to be alive and in Croydon. Frankly, if you are reading this article, then you have the wherewithal to write an article.

As someone who has personally benefited over the years from using the Croydon Citizen as a platform for many different agendas, ideas and objectives, I want to add to Cassie’s thoughts with four more reasons why you should join me and start writing here:

Publicity

Croydon is not short on individuals and organisations who are doing great work in the public sphere to improve the area. However, often the biggest issue in Croydon isn’t the lack of cool things to enjoy, but lack of awareness.

Writing for the Croydon Citizen is one of the best ways to guarantee that the people in the area find out about what you want to promote. The paper has a print circulation of over 30,000 readers, and the website has become the daily destination for locals who want to learn about the movements of Croydon’s movers and shakers.

I’ve used the Citizen to find volunteers for Croydon Literary Festival, launch a fashion label, and fill the room at over 200 Croydon Tech City events. You can too.

Community

“No man is an island” said John Donne, but society is making us increasingly so. It’s not easy finding and maintaining friendships in modern Britain and Croydon is no different.

However, by writing for the Croydon Citizen you become part of a proactive community of Croydonians, all of whom are united in using this site as a platform to change Croydon for the better. Enduring friendships and partnerships are formed amongst locals simply by virtue of being a contributor. It’s not just the amount of new friends and acquaintances that you’ll make, it’s the quality. The people who make up the Citizen‘s contributors are positive and proactive, not the hopeless, passionless moaners that many of us find make up our social circle from work or down at the pub.

Accountability

Everyone has an opinion on the world and convinces themselves that things would be better if only people listened to them. Well, it’s said that if you publicly state your goals to someone else, you have a 65% higher likelihood of completing them – simply because of the accountability and social pressure to follow through. What better way to commit to a goal that actually improves Croydon for the better than writing about it?

Have a look at James Taylor’s ambition to regenerate Woodside Ticket Office or Andrew Dickinson’s green agenda for Old Town. Publishing something for the world (well, Croydon) to see is what separates the virtue-signallers from the doers; those that move from simply opining to actually committing to deliver tangible, material change. Once it’s out there, you’ve got to do it.

Credibility

Writing for the Croydon Citizen is really useful if you need some professional or personal credibility. To date, the Croydon Citizen has launched the careers of three US journalism students who have travelled to Britain to come and intern at the publication. The paper is the site-of-record for the UK’s fastest-growing tech scene. Every day you can find it securing exclusive interviews with local politicians and local CEOs.

Put another way: if I was a student returning from university looking to gain some experience for my CV, or a freelancer looking to build a credible portfolio of work, or a new business looking to grow a presence in Croydon, I’d write for the Croydon Citizen.

Jonny Rose

Jonny Rose

Jonny Rose is a committed Christian who has lived in the Croydon area for nearly twenty years. He is an active participant in his local community, serving at Grace Vineyard Church and organising Purley Breakfast Club, and was ranked "Croydon's 37th most powerful person" by the Croydon Advertiser (much to his amusement). He is the Head of Content at marketing technology company Idio, the founder of the Croydon Tech City movement, a LinkedIn coach, and creator of Croydon's first fashion label, Croydon Vs The World. Working on Instagram training and a Linkedin lead generation service. Views are his own, but it would be best for all concerned if you shared them. Please send your fanmail to: jonnyrose1 (at) gmail (dot) com

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