Barking & Dagenham Post
The Barking & Dagenham Post is a weekly paid-for title with a circulation of 15,000 in East London. The title is a recent addition to the Archant stable since the Competition Commission’s clearance of Archant’s acquisition of 27 weekly newspapers in the London region.
The Barking and Dagenham Post prides itself on its closeness to the community, one of Archant’s core values, and has strong relationships with schools in the area. The paper was founded in 1923 as The Becontree Guardian and Chadwell Heath News to cover the new Becontree Estate, then the largest council housing project in Europe. It was soon re-named and despite having added the name Barking over forty years ago, it is still known locally as The Dagenham Post.
The paper’s Editor, Dave Russell, has a strong link with both the paper and the local area. He joined The Barking and Dagenham Post as a Junior Reporter in 1964 and rose to the position of Deputy Editor in 1973 before a brief stint away from the paper editing other titles. Dave has now been Editor of The Barking and Dagenham Post for nearly 12 years.