The story behind Football.London that was just waiting to be told

At the company I work for, we have a website called Football.London. We launched it at the start of 2017. We consider it a success. It’s profitable, growing rapidly and drawing in a loyal audience. It also tries to be different, and mix what we know works elsewhere in the country with new ideas. InContinue reading “The story behind Football.London that was just waiting to be told”

Digital journalism trends in 2016: From social newsgathering to social journalism

This is the first in a series of posts between now and the end of the year looking at key themes I think will emerge during the course of 2016. It takes a foolhardy journalist not to be familiar with Twitter or Facebook these days. There are probably very few journalists who haven’t written aContinue reading “Digital journalism trends in 2016: From social newsgathering to social journalism”

When you look at the dictionary definition of clickbait, critics of popular content suddenly look like journalistic snobs

Not so many years ago, the worst slur a journalist could hit another journalist with, particularly in regional newspapers, was the accusation of being ‘too tabloid.’ These days, it’s to lob the claim that you’re writing ‘clickbait.’ Both insults have the same message: It’s not *real* journalism, it’s not what we’re here to do. It’sContinue reading “When you look at the dictionary definition of clickbait, critics of popular content suddenly look like journalistic snobs”

Can one christening cake (and the absurd reaction to it) change the way we think about local journalism?

Can a story about a christening cake encapsulate one of the biggest challenges digital journalism has delivered to the regional press? I think so, and here’s why. You probably saw the story about the woman who complained about a christening caked including bears with ‘naughty bits.’ For what it’s worth, I thought she was talkingContinue reading “Can one christening cake (and the absurd reaction to it) change the way we think about local journalism?”

Infographic: How to create great journalism online

Feeling inspired (and not a little hungry) as a I left the Regional Press Awards last Friday, I did what any sane person in that situation would do: Head to Upper Crust at Euston for a sandwich, before turning my thoughts into a Venn Diagram. The result of a two-hour train journey on a packedContinue reading “Infographic: How to create great journalism online”

The power of digital journalism: The appeal for information solved in just 30 minutes

Here’s a story to warm the cockles of any journalist worried that digital journalism means losing many of the things we hold dear as regional journalists. Shortly after lunchtime on Thursday, the Birmingham Mail published an appeal from National Express, which runs the buses across Birmingham, for information about a man wanted in connection withContinue reading “The power of digital journalism: The appeal for information solved in just 30 minutes”

Love local journalism whatever platform it lives on

I try not to use this blog too often to talk about my job, because that’s not what it is meant to be about. But having been heavily involved in the new digital project in Reading, I thought I’d use the blog to counter some of the complete bobbins which has been written by supposedContinue reading “Love local journalism whatever platform it lives on”