Welcome to The Post

The Post is a new quality news outlet for Liverpool and Merseyside, delivered via email. Join our free mailing list now to get high-quality local news produced by a team of independent journalists. There are already 22,000 readers on our list and they get important local updates, useful recommendations and great journalism in their inboxes twice a week. Join them below.

“Brilliant journalism from The Post, as always” - Harriet Hirshman

“This is heart-breaking and great reporting. Everyone should read this” - Frank Cottrell-Boyce

With The Post, you won’t get any clickbait headlines about how Home Bargains sent shoppers “into a frenzy” with their new range of laundry detergent. Our stories are about Liverpool and the wider city region; its people, its places, its triumphs and sometimes its tragedies. We cover politics, culture, business and lots of things in between.

And you don’t need to pay. Our income comes from over 1,400 paying members, who pay £7 a month to get extra subscriber-only editions and support our work. But if you’re new here, just join the free mailing list and you’ll get lots of free news, recommendations, photos and features in your inbox.


Why we exist

In the past two decades, local journalism in Liverpool and across the city region has been cut to the bone. Once upon a time, newsrooms were living, breathing organisms, with hundreds of journalists. These days, they are populated by young writers tasked with churning out as many stories as they can in order to reach as many eyeballs across the country as possible. Giant companies like Reach PLC own hundreds of publications, including the Liverpool Echo, severing them from the communities they once served.

The Post is our attempt to find a new way to make journalism work, by relying on subscribers rather than advertisers. That forces us to produce a product worth paying for, and we already have over 1,400 readers who choose to pay to receive extra eight members-only editions every month. It doesn’t matter if we’re writing about unscrupulous politicians in Town Hall or (far more scrupulous) toads on the cliffs of Formby. What matters is quality. It’s no surprise then that the Echo tried to crush us when we’d barely got started.

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Our team

When you’re reading The Post, you will hear the names Jack, Abi and Lisa a lot — they are our full-time staff writers. They put together most of our stories from their mini-office in the Baltic Triangle and they are always keen to hear from you.

Jack Walton has written some of our most successful long reads, including his brilliant profile of Joe Anderson and his investigation into the Eldonian Village. Abi Whistance joined us from the Yorkshire Evening Post in June 2023, and her stories include this fascinating feature about Liverpool’s lost Banksy murals and her deep dive into knife crime in the region.

Lisa Rand is our newest hire, who joined us from The Echo in November 2023 and has already written this incredible piece on the Hillsborough Law and this in-depth look at divisions in the Labour Party. Email jack@livpost.co.uk, abi@livpost.co.uk or lisa@livpost.co.uk if you have a story.

We also get some vital editing help from our sister publications in Manchester and Sheffield, The Mill and The Tribune. In particular, Sophie Atkinson, who has had stories published in The New York Times and The Washington Post, does some of our editing and writes the odd piece for us. And Joshi Herrmann, who has written for the Guardian and The Times, oversees some of our bigger stories too.

And finally, we have an amazing network of freelance contributors across the region, including the singular David Lloyd, one of Liverpool’s most-loved writers, who built a following as a co-founder of the legendary Seven Streets. 

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A video of 1970s Liverpool - and the case for a new local newspaper
Dear readers, today’s edition of The Post is about something you have seen with your own eyes: the alarming collapse of local journalism. You probably didn’t plan to spend 10 minutes of your weekend reading about the economics and history of the newspaper industry but we hope this piece helps to explain how things have changed, and why there’s such an urgent need for a new model for journalism in this city region…
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What we write about

In our short life we’ve been able to publish pieces that have made a big impact in the city region. Here’s a tasting menu (if you want to come to the banquet, you’ll have to reach for your wallet).

  • A hilarious and poignant piece about the sorry decline of the Adelphi Hotel, one of Liverpool’s most iconic buildings. “I have a vision of a body in trauma, slowly closing down its non-vital organs as it fights for survival on the operating table. But survive this indomitable old girl has,” writes David Lloyd.

  • Our four month investigation into Liverpool councillor Gerard Woodhouse, who runs the L6 Community Centre and has developed a penchant for telling tall tales to the local press. “Proper investigative journalism that doesn't fail to challenge the powerful,” said one reader.

  • An investigation into Southport’s extremist Catholic sect, where Father Brendan King preaches a message of vile antisemitism and his belief that Jews are ​​plotting to “dissolve western nations, destroy their identity, their self-respect, their manliness” in order to enslave gentiles. A troubling read, but a necessary one. 

  • A piece five months in the making about the Eldonian Village in north Liverpool, a pioneering social housing project that descended into allegations of intimidation and community assets being sold offshore in mysterious circumstances. “A devastating read and excellent piece of journalism,” read one tweet.

  • A deep-dive into a worrying trend of companies leaving the city region and a failure to attract inward investment. This piece earned the attention of many leading politicians and business people in Merseyside.


‘The Post will be different’

The Post is great, that’s pretty clear. But we would say that. Michael Unger, however — the legendary former editor of the Liverpool Daily Post and former director of the Guardian Media Group — has little to gain (reputationally or financially) from bestowing us with lavish words of praise. And yet, he still said this: 

The media has gone through massive Internet-based change in the past few years which has allowed The Post to launch and to thrive. 

Too often today’s traditional newspapers follow a clickbait philosophy merely to stay in existence: this leads to trivial stories and the unchecked publication of press releases. There is now so little ‘real’ journalism with the reporter stuck to his or her desk making sure they’ve hit their target of five stories a day.

The Post will be different. Stories and features that have had real time spent on them and stories and features that will make a difference.

Then there’s Patrick Maguire, Red Box Editor at The Times:

And for good measure, a couple more people being extremely lovely.


Get in touch

Join the crew: We are looking for talented local reporters and writers to contribute to The Post. Among our small-but-mighty team we’ve got reporters who have written for the most acclaimed publications on the globe as well as those who joined us straight out of education. There’s no minimum experience level required and no need for a star-studded CV, all we’re looking for are writers with a knack for elegant prose and a hunger to dig into investigative journalism. Is this you? If so, email a few links to your best work and your story ideas to editor@livpost.co.uk.

Help us to correct mistakes: If you have a complaint about something we have published, please follow our complaints procedure.

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People

Mollie Simpson 

Long form journalist, The Mill

Jack Dulhanty 

Writer at The Mill, The Tribune and The Post

Sophie Atkinson 

Senior Editor at The Manchester Mill, The Sheffield Tribune & The Liverpool Post ✨ Find me elsewhere: The New York Times / The New York Times Magazine / The Washington Post / The Guardian / Hazlitt & more

Abi Whistance 

Reporter for The Post. Views my own.