Three days on, how the regional press made a big statement of solidarity to the people of France

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 thisContinue reading “Three days on, how the regional press made a big statement of solidarity to the people of France”

Why journalists everywhere should be paying attention to #tellali

Monday morning brought with it one of the most interesting newspaper front pages of recent times: A blank front page, save for hashtag which was explained inside. Editor in chief (and colleague) Alastair Machray is leading a project to revamp the Echo, which, perhaps more than many other regional news brands, has an audience neverContinue reading “Why journalists everywhere should be paying attention to #tellali”

A front page which combines Christmas with a drugs bust to create something rather special…

When I was putting together the gallery of front pages celebrating the art of the Christmas special, I focused on the positive. But the front page above, from the Greenwich News Shopper, is perhaps of my favourites. First off, it makes great use of a pun based on Jingle Bells which actually rhymes, as opposed toContinue reading “A front page which combines Christmas with a drugs bust to create something rather special…”

The seven words which will leave any newspaper stone dead in the digital age

As we reach the end of 2014, you’d think we’d be past this. But no, apparently not. Recently, I found myself metaphorically banging the table when I began reading an interesting article on the website of a local newspaper, only to presented with the following phrase: “For the Full Story, see tomorrow’s newspaper.” Now, what doContinue reading “The seven words which will leave any newspaper stone dead in the digital age”

The cornflake conundrum for newspapers – or why pitting print v digital is doing no-one any favours

An interesting article based on quotes from a former regional newspaper editor appeared on Hold the Front Page last week. Former Leicester Mercury editor Keith Perch, now a freelance consultant and part-time journalism lecturer had come to the conclusion that readers will ultimately have to pay for journalism. The article was based on a postContinue reading “The cornflake conundrum for newspapers – or why pitting print v digital is doing no-one any favours”

Thatcher front pages: How did the 68 regional newspapers treat the death of a prime minister? (gallery)

So where were you when you heard Baroness Thatcher, Britain’s first – and to date, only – female prime minister had died? I was on a conference call and brought proceedings to an abrupt end by shouting out ‘Margaret Thatcher’s died.’ Conference calls being what they are, my line cut out and I had, ratherContinue reading “Thatcher front pages: How did the 68 regional newspapers treat the death of a prime minister? (gallery)”

Thirty words journalists should stop using … and a simple test to make people reconnect with our work

A while ago, I wrote a blog post arguing that overnight publication of newspapers wasn’t contributing to newspaper sales declines. It’s a view I still hold, because in the age of instant communication, how can words placed on a page, then sent to a printing press, then distributed by van possibly compete with the internetContinue reading “Thirty words journalists should stop using … and a simple test to make people reconnect with our work”

Letter from America (or how even the letters page has been changed by the internet)

You can learn a lot about a newspaper, the inter-generational wisdom of newsrooms has concluded, from the state of its letters page. Have too many letters from charities (Paul Daniels urges you to stand up for pets etc) and you’ve got a problem. Have pages and pages of letters from local people and you’re sortedContinue reading “Letter from America (or how even the letters page has been changed by the internet)”

Newspapers: How to make the voxpop worthwhile again

The Newcastle Evening Chronicle underwent a re-design last week to give it a more modern feel, new content platforms and a design which accommodates a higher story count. In my opinion, it looks much better. But that endorsement doesn’t really mean very much as I’m not a designer by trade. So why am I goingContinue reading “Newspapers: How to make the voxpop worthwhile again”

Data: What ingredients make for a good Christmas Eve front page?

It’s a tradition few outside a newsroom will have ever heard of: The battle to get the Christmas Eve front page. Unlike any other day when sales can be expected to be lower (lets face it, it’s pretty much a ninth bank holiday now), in every newsroom I’ve worked in, getting the Christmas Eve frontContinue reading “Data: What ingredients make for a good Christmas Eve front page?”