Life is Local: Erm, maybe the NHS is in crisis

Every week, millions of people rely on their local newspapers and websites to keep them informed of what is happening in their area. When seen together, they can paint a picture of life in the UK in a way no other collection of stories can. Life is local – and this is a look atContinue reading “Life is Local: Erm, maybe the NHS is in crisis”

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”

Life is Local: It’s all about council tax, then (but so much more too)

Every week, millions of people rely on their local newspapers and websites to keep them informed of what is happening in their area. When seen together, they can paint a picture of life in the UK in a way no other collection of stories can. Life is local – and this is a look atContinue reading “Life is Local: It’s all about council tax, then (but so much more too)”

Life is local: Front pages containing stories to make you laugh, cry and wonder why…

Every week, millions of people rely on their local newspapers and websites to keep them informed of what is happening in their area. When seen together, they can paint a picture of life in the UK in a way no other collection of stories can. Life is local – and this is a look atContinue reading “Life is local: Front pages containing stories to make you laugh, cry and wonder why…”

How journalists can beat Facebook’s algorithm (but don’t expect a quick fix!)

Should journalism be fearful of Facebook? Or, indeed, any other platform which has been successful in attracting a large number of people and, crucially, a large proportion of their time spent online? If the thing getting so much attention banned journalism, or journalists, from existing within the walled garden it had created, and which soContinue reading “How journalists can beat Facebook’s algorithm (but don’t expect a quick fix!)”

How to report Brexit locally: 15 very different front pages (in my opinion)

Earlier, I shared a collection of regional press front pages from the day after the Brexit vote became known. I think they showed the relevance of regional print titles to readers, running alongside the live news services and engaging content provided by those titles’ digital operations. In fact, I suspect many of the regional frontContinue reading “How to report Brexit locally: 15 very different front pages (in my opinion)”

Burgers or politics? To be relevant, local newsrooms need to be experts in both

One of the claims frequently made about newsrooms which are seeking to grow the number of people who read their websites is: “Oh, they’re just chasing clickbait now.” Clickbait, as I’ve written before, appears to cover a very broad church of content, roughly characterised as “Not what we’ve always done in the past.” A moreContinue reading “Burgers or politics? To be relevant, local newsrooms need to be experts in both”

How the murder of Jo Cox was covered by the regional Press

The murder of West Yorkshire MP Jo Cox – shot and stabbed while in her constituency yesterday – is one of those events which stops you in your tracks. It’s one of those occasions which you’ll always be able to tell people where you were when you heard about it. In a world of push notifications, emailContinue reading “How the murder of Jo Cox was covered by the regional Press”

This glimpse into the future of Academy education from the Liverpool Echo will horrify any journalist

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, thereContinue reading “This glimpse into the future of Academy education from the Liverpool Echo will horrify any journalist”

Why the leader column is a thing of the past – in one quote

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 theContinue reading “Why the leader column is a thing of the past – in one quote”