It might look like an office block, but it’s actually an Academy, and one which is giving journalists a glimpse of what an Academy-only future might be like for journalists
For Government, it’s all about devolution at the moment. Even if you put to one side George Osborne’s obsessive Northern Powerhouse proposal, the idea of devolution runs through almost every government department.
The problem, however, is that it appears to be devolution regardless of what the public thinks. At the turn of the decade, there was precious little support for the idea of city or metro mayors, even with the promise of new powers and spending for regions, when it was put to public votes.
The Government’s solution has been to push ahead with devolution anyway – by removing the need for it to have public support.
And last week came news of perhaps the greatest devolution of all – making all schools become academies. It’s an idea which the trade unions already hate, and the far-left Labour Party of 2016 is sure to fight tooth and nail against (although it’s fair to assume the most effective opposition will come from the select committees and the House of Lords).
If anything sums up just how much social media has changed the media world, it’s this quote, from the editor of a new national newspaper, which was shared by the Radio 4 Today programme on Twitter:
It’s a great quote from Alison Phillips, the editor of The New Day, which is launched next week by the company I work for, Trinity Mirror.
Successful media organisations in a social media world forge a relationship with readers on equal terms, inviting readers to share views on every aspect of what they do, and not expected readers to put up with a tablet-of-stone-view of the world.
There’s a reason why the man with the forceful opinions in the pub is always looking for someone to talk to at the bar, and the people who are good at listening, laughing and share enjoy good company on a nearby table.
Many tens of thousands of words have been written about the pending transformation of the Independent into a digital-only product, and the sale of its little brother, the i, to Johnston Press.
Columns and posts by smarter people than me have attempted to answer whether the Independent can thrive in an online world, what Johnston Press will do with the i and what it means for JP’s large stable of regional publications.
I’m not going to attempt to cover any of those, because I don’t really have anything worth saying which hasn’t already been said – and besides, it would be just speculation on my part anyway.
But if there’s one thing newsrooms everywhere should take from the sale of the i, it’s the way i editor Oly Duff has ensured readers have been kept informed since the announcement, and encouraged readers to get involved with a debate about the implications.
For local Press journalists across the North (mainly), the Christmas break has involved putting on wellies and speaking to people who had just watched their homes wrecked by flood water.
Many titles provided a vital service online, mixing latest updates with information in real-time to help people who were living through a real-world nightmare.
In print, the focus was very much on assessing the scale of the impact, with strong photography – from staff, freelance and UGC – coming to the fore.
On Saturday, I shared the print front pages from the regional Press which I could find which related to the tragedy in Paris. Many papers had already passed Friday night deadlines which meant that today’s front pages were the first opportunity to cover the story in print.
The size of the atrocity meant that this is far from ‘old news’, and the scale such that local lines appear to be in abundance, with reaction very visible on streets of towns and cities across the UK.
The front pages represent an interesting mix of stories, ranging from the latest development-style lines you would expect from the traditional morning newspapers through to the big shows of support reported on various titles as buildings were lit in red, white and blue and vigils took place across the city.
As with Saturday’s post, this gallery isn’t offered as a beauty parade, just a way of documenting how the regional media responded to one of the worst terrorist attacks in years.
Front pages around the world were cleared as news of the terror attacks in Paris broke. For many regional newsrooms, it was too late to get the story into Saturday’s papers as they had already gone to press. I’ll cover off how regional papers can serve their readers online when an international story breaks in a later post.
But there were a handful of titles who were still ahead of deadline, or able to call their titles back off the presses, to deliver overnight reports on one of the worst attacks on the public in recent times.
Sunday’s regional papers also, generally, led with events in Paris, with Sunday Life the only one to opt for a splash headline in French, while the Sunday edition of the Western Morning News also carried a headline written in French as its second lead.
I’ve gathered those I could find here, not as a beauty parade of any sort, but to simply record some very powerful front pages. If your title isn’t here but should be, feel free to get in contact.
A Level results day brings back various memories for many reporters. Late-night inputting of every result in East Lancashire with fellow reporters at the Lancashire Evening Telegraph after someone had deemed we didn’t need extra copytakers to get them into the system is the first one which springs to mind.
But in the mind of many – particularly those who enjoy to parody the regional Press – it’s little more than lots of pictures of teenagers jumping in the air. Are they right? Well, sort of (and we’ll come to those picture in a bit).
A quick scan through today’s newspapers – most newsrooms were covering results day live via websites, m-sites and apps yesterday – shows a wide variety of takes on A Level results.
Triumph after tragedy – the relative of a Tunisia massacre victim celebrates his grades (Derby Telegraph)
Stories involving people complaining about the state of public toilets have long been bread-and-butter content for newsrooms up and down the country.
But here’s a case of the cleaners striking back.
Faced with moans about the state of toilets in Alnwick, the cleaners responsible for keeping the loos spick and span decided to respond to the local newspaper, the Northumberland Gazette, with evidence of their own.
Evidence, they said, which showed the state some people were leaving the ladies’ loos in, in the first place:
Few journalists like it when they see they’ve made a mistake in public. Mistakes, obviously, vary in significance – from a typo which might get people grumbling in the pub through to the sort of errors which land the editor-in-chief in court.
Focusing on the lower end of the spectrum, digital publishing has made the squirm-for-a-bit-and-take-a-ribbing-from-your-rivals-and-colleagues type mistakes a lot more public. It takes just one photo to be uploaded to Twitter and before you know it, it’s everywhere.
As the East Oregonian newspaper found this week with this, well, howler:
Last summer, while most football fans could enjoy a brief period of hope that this season might be the season their team does something special, Blackpool FC supporters weren’t even allowed that.
With barely enough players to form a first XI at the start of pre-season, the giddy heights of the Premier League just a couple of years previously seemed light years away. It’s worth remembering that during their stint in the top-flight, they found themselves right at the heart of the January transfer window as clubs battled to sign star player Charlie Adam (not Austin, as I wrote earlier). And they so nearly stayed up, too.