THE Tour De France’s Grand Depart was big news last week – showing off parts of the UK at their very best to a global audience of millions.
Once in a lifetime events are the sort of challenges newsrooms everywhere love rising to, so, a week after the Tour, he’s a selection of the front pages the Tour generated as it passed through Yorkshire, spent moments in Greater Manchester, and an afternoon between Cambridge and London.
You can either view them on the maps below by clicking the icons, or look at a gallery at the foot of this post.
Friday marked the 70th anniversary of D Day, and as time goes on the chance to remember the heroic actions of thousands of men and women with them diminishes. As we have seen with the anniversaries relating to World War I over the last 20 years, each occasion involves fewer and fewer of the people who can actually remember what happened every time they close their eyes.
There are few things the regional press do better than capturing the mood of such occasions, and clearing the space for those memories to be shared with the next generations.
Poor old Nick Clegg. Damned for apparently abandoning his principles when the hooked the Lib Dems into the coalition and now damned for sticking to his guns in the European elections by (whisper it) saying being in Europe might not be a bad thing.
He’s got Vince Cable saying one thing in support but apparently saying something completely different between the lines, vocal Peers releasing what appears to be remarkably unreliable polling reports, and, according to various reports, the subject of a really badly planned leadership coup.
Great digital headlines are ones which tell enough of the story to make you want to read more, mix in search engine optimisation where possible and, preferably, prompt a reaction in someone so that they can’t resist visiting.
And the best digital headlines are probably the ones you’ll only ever get to write once in your career. For that, you need a story which generates the same reaction once shared online that it did when it first arrived in the newsroom.
As Jeremy Vine prepares to prove the point that just because you can shouldn’t mean you should when it comes to going over the top with graphics people simply can’t understand, one local newspaper I’ve seen this week found a much better way to get to the heart of the biggest issue facing the European Parliament.
Millions of words have been written by heavyweight political journalists about the issues swirling around today’s European election polls, politicians have put in thousands of miles trying to meet real people and convince us all they have the answers to Europe, and reporters around the country have put many man hours into trawling through Twitter and Facebook to look for an indiscreet comment or two or turn into a story.
But the Whitby Gazette vox pop asks the question which, for me, cuts straight to the heart of why there is so much voter apathy around the European elections:
Journalists get a lot of stick for the way FOI is used to generate stories, but there are very few who disagree with the principle that FOI should help hold authorities to account. That’s how FOI used by the regional Press can make a difference. Each week when I am compiling FOI Friday, I find lots of examples of great FOIs which don’t really fit the bill for FOI Friday as they are unique to one area and hard to replicate elsewhere.
So, this week, I thought I’d share 10 FOI stories I’ve seen which fit the bill of having the potential to make a difference: