Football journalism and press boxes part 2: The quest for sustainable local journalism

It’s taken two weeks, a lot of hot air (from me included) to get to a place where we can have a sensible debate about how to make football journalism work in the digital age. What started with a disgruntled journalist’s claims of clickbait, low-quality content and the linking of not covering Brentford to notContinue reading “Football journalism and press boxes part 2: The quest for sustainable local journalism”

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”

Social: 10 of the most shared stories of the week from the Regional Press

Sometimes, looking at what gets shared most frequently on social media gives you an insight into life you perhaps weren’t expecting. For all the rolling of eyes you get from ex-journalists, academics and keyboard warriors about using audience data, that data is often very revealing. Take Kodi boxes. Kodi what? A set-top streaming box which,Continue reading “Social: 10 of the most shared stories of the week from the Regional Press”

Why football writers shouldn’t fear being banned by football clubs

One of my favourite new phrases is ‘in-house journalist.’ As in: “We’re Swindon Town, we have an in-house journalist so we don’t need to talk to the local paper anymore.” I like it because it is such an outrageous nonsense. If being a journalist really is just the ability to string a sentence together and makingContinue reading “Why football writers shouldn’t fear being banned by football clubs”

Seeing a football club ban as a challenge, not a restriction

I’m sure I’m not the only person who was party to a conversation debating how long it would take Rangers to start banning dissenting voices in the media once Mike Ashley, owner of Newcastle United, effectively took over the club. The answer, as it turns out, is not very long. The Daily Record is currentlyContinue reading “Seeing a football club ban as a challenge, not a restriction”

The day a newsroom showed a strong opinion and an understanding of social media can carry just as much weight as a campaigning front page

Until today, it could have been argued that a newspaper’s most powerful tool when seeking to make a point which grabbed attention was the the printed front page. Indeed, I suggested as much last October. And while it will remain a powerful weapon for newsrooms to deploy when they stand up and fight for theirContinue reading “The day a newsroom showed a strong opinion and an understanding of social media can carry just as much weight as a campaigning front page”

One weekend, two photos and a reminder why the best pictures are the ones of the crowd

On a Saturday afternoon at 3pm, all eyes tend to be on the pitch, watching the 22 players battle it out for three points, marshalled by three men in black. But two pictures caught my eye over the weekend which served as a reminder that it’s perhaps just as important to keep an eye onContinue reading “One weekend, two photos and a reminder why the best pictures are the ones of the crowd”

Why the only future for football reporting is a ‘fan first’ future

On the day after Sir Tom Finney, the Preston North End legend and a player widely regarded as one of the gentlemen of the game, died BBC Radio Five Live broadcast its Saturday sports coverage from Deepdale, the home of North End. It was a touching tribute to one of the greats of the gameContinue reading “Why the only future for football reporting is a ‘fan first’ future”

Is the Pope a Claret? (or perhaps the most unusual ‘football club gets promoted’ story you’ll see)

We’ve all been there. Football club gets promoted, and the football club – temporarily at least – stops being the exclusive enclave of the sports desk, and everyone is thrown at it. The list of stories normally goes like this:

What does it tell us about sports journalism when speaking up for fans is called ‘bold’?

So he’s finally gone. Steve Kean, that is, the now former manager of Blackburn Rovers. As I write this, Blackburn sit third in the Championship and, if they carry on like this, are in with a good shout at returning to the Premier League at the first attempt. This, however, didn’t appear to be enoughContinue reading “What does it tell us about sports journalism when speaking up for fans is called ‘bold’?”