Who writes 853?

853 covers issues from Greenwich and other parts of South East London. It aims to provide the kind of public interest journalism you can rely on – no clickbait, no ripping stories off Twitter or elsewhere. It began as a personal blog but now has a number of contributors – you can find details of them on this page.

Darryl ChamberlainSite editor Darryl Chamberlain has been a journalist for more than 20 years. He started digging into issues in Greenwich after standing in a council election in 2010, and attending a council meeting where a nervous member of the public was harangued by the mayor for not understanding its procedures.

Since then, he has turned 853 into the only media outlet regularly attending Greenwich Council meetings. He has lived in the area all his life, and has also worked at the BBC, MoneySavingExpert.com and the innovation charity Nesta. Funding from readers pays for Darryl to work on 853 part-time, the rest of the time he works as a freelance editor.

You can find out more about him on his website and email him via this website at tell853something[at]gmail.com.

The site is also a member of the Local Democracy Reporting Service, which provides reports from councils across the UK. We use these to supplement our own reporting of Greenwich and to pick up big stories in neighbouring boroughs that might otherwise be missed. It also allows us to use some BBC local news material.

  • Lachlan Leeming is the Local Democracy Reporter for Greenwich, Bexley and Bromley, based at the News Shopper. We use Lachlan’s stories to supplement our own reporting of Greenwich, and also pick up his Bexley and Bromley stories where they will have wider interest. He tweets at @LeemingLachie and you can email him at lachlan.leeming[at]newsquest.co.uk.
  • Grainne Cuffe is the Local Democracy Reporter for Lewisham, Southwark and Lambeth, based at the News Shopper. We use Grainne’s Lewisham stories, and her Southwark stories where they have a wider impact across SE London.
  • Jessie Mathewson is the Local Democracy Reporter for the Greater London Authority and London Assembly. She is based at the East London Guardian series of papers. She tweets at @_jessiewithani/jessie.mathewson[at]newsquest.co.uk.
  • We’ve also used stories from former reporters Tom Bull (Greenwich, Bexley, Bromley) and Bridie Witton (Lewisham). We occasionally use stories from reporters for other areas such as Tower Hamlets and Newham (Rachael Burford), Hackney (Ed Sheridan) and Redbridge (Victoria Munro).

853 also features Community Spotlight pieces by groups looking to publicise their work, and is the home of Mercury Man, a semi-retired local newspaper columnist.