The Croydon Citizen


Goodbye, Croydon

Posted on September 28th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Site News. 3 comments

How do we write the piece that we never wanted to? Liz Sheppard-Jones tries to make sense of it all

‘Now, the end is near, and so I face the final curtain‘ (Frank Sinatra, ‘My Way’)

It’s still hard to believe, though it’s been inevitable for a while. Our founder and editor-in-chief, James Naylor, took a long, hard look at why in this piece in our final … Read More »



The Citizen is closing down: an FAQ on what happens now

Posted on September 26th, by James Naylor in Site News. 1 Comment

James Naylor presents a brief FAQ on the next steps for the shutdown of the Citizen

On Tuesday 18th September 2018 we officially announced the end of the Croydon Citizen, both online and in print. You can read about the story of the closure and what led us to this point in my farewell article.

But what’s next? The following FAQ aims to tackle some of … Read More »



How was the Croydon Citizen made?

Posted on September 21st, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. No Comments

Former General Manager Tom Black explains the Citizen behind the scenes

How did the Citizen operate day-to-day?

The Citizen was run by one person full-time, assisted by a team of volunteers in their spare time. The people filling these roles changed across the life of the publication.

Once per week, usually on Sunday mornings, the core editorial team would meet over Google Hangout and discuss various matters … Read More »



Farewell, citizens of Croydon

Posted on September 18th, by James Naylor in Politics & Society. 20 comments

It’s been wonderful to know you, but the Citizen‘s time is up. I will always be grateful

In an alternative reality, this article has the same title, but it’s very different. In that article I tell you that I am stepping down as the Editor-in-Chief of the Croydon Citizen to hand the torch to someone else – someone who will bravely lead the Citizen to its next … Read More »



The Croydon Citizen is going on holiday!

Posted on July 13th, by The Croydon Citizen in Culture. No Comments

From Monday 16th July to Tuesday 24th July, the Citizen won’t publish any new content online

We’re taking a few days off! The Croydon Citizen is going to have its summer holidays between Monday 16th and Tuesday 24th July, and during that time we won’t put any content online or answer any non-urgent emails.

Normal service will resume on Tuesday 24th July, and we’ll look forward … Read More »



The biggest reason of all why you should write for the Croydon Citizen

Posted on May 25th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 3 comments

How a community news magazine can change your life

These are inspiring times on the Croydon Citizen, with new production editor Cassie Whittell and long-time contributor Jonny Rose setting out all the reasons why this news magazine is a wonderful thing, both for the communities of Croydon and for the individuals who write for it. Cassie wants to welcome even more new contributors to the … Read More »



Four more reasons why you should write for the Croydon Citizen

Posted on May 18th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. No Comments

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 … Read More »



Why you should write for the Croydon Citizen

Posted on May 9th, by Cassie Whittell in Culture. 1 Comment

I want to hear your voice – and let others hear it, too

When I was the editor of a well-known film magazine, we used to have a saying on the team. “Everyone’s a critic”, we’d mutter sagely to each other, when someone tried to tell us our jobs, or explain to us how to review a movie, or even why our carefully crafted destruction of Eddie’s … Read More »



Saying my goodbyes to the Croydon Citizen

Posted on April 20th, by Holly Bernstein in Culture. 1 Comment

Reflections on three months spent as a student journalist in Croydon

Picture the scene. A whistle as a train is about to depart. The clicks of high heels running and luggage trying to keep up with its owner. Indistinct chatter.

The beeps as people tap in and out. “See it. Say it. Sorted.” Hustle and bustle, hundreds of people looking up at the giant, … Read More »



Is the Citizen‘s work done?

Posted on November 16th, by James Naylor in Site News. No Comments

On the occasion of its fifth birthday, in a different Croydon to the one in which it started, the Citizen‘s Editor-in-Chief asks what role the publication still has to play

This is a month where we might permit ourselves a little self-satisfaction. 16th November 2017 will mark exactly five years since the Citizen officially launched in the back room of Matthews Yard to an audience of encouraging … Read More »