Darryl Chamberlain has over 20 years of experience in journalism, cutting his teeth in entertainment and showbusiness coverage in the late 1990s, firstly at the showbiz news agency WENN and later at BBC News Online. At the BBC he reported for, sub-edited and duty-edited the entertainment section, leading the website’s coverage of special events such as the Brit Awards and Glastonbury.
He took voluntary redundancy in 2009, and started becoming interested in local journalism while standing in a council election, which brought home to him just how weak much local news coverage really was. The contacts he made on all sides during that election meant that 853 – originally a personal blog – became the place to go to get the real story about what was happening at Greenwich Council.
In 2012, he became MoneySavingExpert.com’s first sub-editor, leaving in 2014 to work at the innovation charity Nesta on a civic technology project, Civic Exchange. In 2017, he launched a Patreon to fund 853, turning the site into a part-time job.
He has a second part-time role carrying out sub-editing shifts at a national daily newspaper, and has written about topics including politics, transport and pubs for Londonist, CityMetric, Just Opened London and Bauer Media’s Smart Transport.
Neil Clasper has worked in professional publishing since 2001 across a range of commercial roles including sales, marketing, product and business management at companies such as Thomson Reuters, Lafferty, and Verisk.
As well as contributing to and helping to edit The Charlton Champion, he has been documenting the local area through photography over the last 10 years.