Addis to edit handmade newspaper

LONDON - Richard Addis, the former editor of the Daily Express, aims to carry out an innovative newspaper experiment this weekend when he attempts to produce a handmade newspaper from scratch.

Addis, who has delayed plans to launch The Day, his anticipated free daily newspaper, hopes to print 200 copies of the handmade title, called The Manual, as a four-page mini-broadsheet.

He has assembled a small team that will work in the Print Club in Dalston, from 10pm on Sunday night, and will work through the night to hand out copies outside Oxford Circus tube during the rush hour on Monday morning.

No computers will be used in the experiment, instead the team will hand write and illustrate each story before screen printing each copy by hand.

The paper's moto, "Today Explained", will serve to analyse the big stories across all subject areas - news, business, art and sport.

Addis, who believes the practice of breaking news stories in print is dead, says the experiment will "explore one possible future for print in an overwhelmingly digital media future".

He adds: "If you could get the cost/revenue balance right, papers such as The Manual could have a future for particular communities."

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