Do we need to talk about Greggs again? Really?

Last week, a Cardiff-based academic shared with Twitter a screengrab he had assembled while apparently preparing for some teaching. He clearly likes a pasty more than most, given his desire to go into the archive of a website and search for Greggs in it. The upshot – and screenshot, for that matter – was theContinue reading “Do we need to talk about Greggs again? Really?”

The Letters Page where seagulls dare

I think I might be developing a bit of an obsession for the letters pages of local newspapers. Or maybe I was just surprised to see a letter in the Tindle-owned Cornish Times this week which had been written so as to apparently be from a seagull. Like dog poo and bin collections, the problemsContinue reading “The Letters Page where seagulls dare”

When press coverage of court becomes part of the punishment itself

Every now and again, I read an article from which I conclude that the journalist writing it will never get repeat such sentences in copy again. This week, Lincolnshire Live, the website of Trinity Mirror’s titles in Lincolnshire, carried perhaps the most remarkable court case I’ve read. Ever. Warning: It’s not for the squeamish:

In local journalism, sometimes some things never change

One of the many lessons I learnt from wise editors was that you could tell the strength of a newspaper by the strength of its letters page. The logic, I guess, is simple: If people care enough about what they’ve read to write in and have their say, you’re probably doing something right. I suspectContinue reading “In local journalism, sometimes some things never change”

Data journalism, robots … and predictions on where we go from here

  At Google’s latest Digital News Initiative conference, held in Amsterdam last week, there were plenty of ideas being discussed around what the future of news looked like. The DNI involves Google investing millions of pounds in projects put forward by media organisations large and small from across Europe, which could help shape the futureContinue reading “Data journalism, robots … and predictions on where we go from here”

Greggs opening drive thrus and the perception problem caused by unbundled content

Earlier this week, British Press trade website Press Gazette ran an article suggesting Trinity Mirror was forcing regional newsrooms to write clickbait. Its evidence came in the form of a anonymous tip-off apparently from a journalist who said colleagues were ‘appalled’ at a ‘three-line whip’ to write an article which said Greggs – the bakers –Continue reading “Greggs opening drive thrus and the perception problem caused by unbundled content”

FOI Friday: Criminals applying to be taxi drivers, citizenship test failures and common names for crooks

Would be taxi drivers and their criminal convictions < Lincolnshire Live Sex offenders who have assaulted children in the past have applied to become taxi drivers in Lincolnshire, new data has revealed. Figures from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) show that those who applied to become cabbies between 2012/13 and 2015/16 included people withContinue reading “FOI Friday: Criminals applying to be taxi drivers, citizenship test failures and common names for crooks”

Life is local: It’s all about the election, stupid

Election day is one of the few days in the year when some regional newspapers can get back on to the presses for an on-day edition. But what about the day after the morning after the night before? Election Saturday’s front pages work on many levels for the regional press. Time has been had toContinue reading “Life is local: It’s all about the election, stupid”

Ignored by the party leaders? Maybe local journalism needs to come off the fence

Local journalism has long been proud of its impartiality when it comes to covering elections. But in failing to see that it’s possible to offer endorsements while still providing balanced coverage, aren’t we effectively making ourselves irrelevant in the most important local conversation of all? An investigation into the access afforded to local journalists byContinue reading “Ignored by the party leaders? Maybe local journalism needs to come off the fence”

FOI Friday: Stories made possible thanks to the law politicians keep trying to kill

Criminals applying to be taxi drivers < ChroniceLive Killers, rapists and potential terrorists are among those who have applied to be taxi drivers in the North East. An investigation by ChronicleLive shows the amount of dangerous criminals trying to become cabbies – with arsonists and violent yobs just some being given licences. Separate figures revealedContinue reading “FOI Friday: Stories made possible thanks to the law politicians keep trying to kill”