Media Release: The National teams up with Bella Caledonia to launch new magazine

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SCOTLAND’S only pro-independence daily newspaper outlet, The National, is joining forces with new media website, Bella Caledonia, to launch a 24-page monthly magazine – focused on social, political and cultural analysis, as well as regular reports from some of the country’s best writers.

The National’s editor, Callum Baird, said: “Scotland needs The National and Bella Caledonia to bring balance and plurality to the news media in Scotland.

“We’re up against a relentless tide of overwhelmingly Unionist news outlets, and it’s important to fight back with recognised pro-independence voices.

“This partnership gives our regular Saturday readers a new magazine, and allows Bella Caledonia to reach a whole new audience.

“Led by The National, the ‘Yes media’ in Scotland is thriving, and it’s important that we all do our bit to support each other in reaching as many people as possible in as many ways we can.”

The new ‘Bella Caledonia’ magazine will be carried in The National on the first Saturday of every month, providing more content, more value and more views for readers to enjoy.

At just £1, these special Saturday editions of The National represent excellent value, and subscribers to the e-edition will get the new ‘Bella Caledonia’ magazine for free.

Half of the content for the magazine will be provided by Bella, the other half by The National.

Bella Caledonia editor, Mike Small, said: “Bella Caledonia is delighted to be working in partnership with The National.

“We’ll be bringing monthly features on culture and politics in print for the very first time. With the prospect of a second referendum looming, it’s time for the vision of ‘another Scotland’ to be articulated and re-explored.

“It’s now more important than ever that people get behind Scotland’s alternative media. The strength of the Yes movement has always been fuelled by its grassroots network who are full of passion, creativity and energy.

“We will reflect that positive approach in our expanding content over the next few months, bringing new voices to print that question and challenge the state we’re in.

“This is about Raploch not Bannockburn, and Bella remains committed to self-determination for the sake of social justice and defending human values in the face of the rise of the far-right. Our commitment is to aspire to a better country: ‘it’s time to get above ourselves’.”


Notes to editors:

In the magazine’s first edition, out this Saturday 4th:

* Joanna Blythman on the Errington Cheese case – and the wider implications for small-scale food producers and Scottish food culture.

* Sara Shaarawi on the movement to create a more multi-ethnic diverse theatre and arts scene in Scotland.

* Gordon Guthrie on how to win the next referendum.

* Adam Ramsay on creating a foreign policy for Scotland.

* Award-winning journalist, Hugh MacDonald, interviews historian Tom Devine.

* Mountain walker and TV presenter, Cameron McNeish, takes readers on a journey in his campervan to the distant north-east of Scotland.

For further details, please contact:

Callum Baird (editor of The National) –

Mike Small (editor of Bella Caledonia) –

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Contact: Callum Baird