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Pride-of-place dilemma for regional’s WWI coverage

A regional daily was left with a dilemma when it realised yesterday’s WWI centenary anniversary clashed with coverage of the city’s biggest event for decades.

Journalists at The Argus in Brighton had long been planning a special edition of the newspaper to commemorate 100 years since the start of World War One.

But a check with their news diaries left them scratching their heads when they realised the Brighton and Hove Pride would be battling for precious front page space.

Which should take pride of place? The solution in the end was to have two front pages in the daily’s bumper 96-page edition.

The true front was devoted to the gay pride event, attended by 160,000 annually, with 16 pages inside. The war anniversary had a ‘back -to-front’ compromise, designed like a cover, and a 40-page supplement.

Argus group editor Michael Beard said: “Of course, to many people, Brighton and Hove Pride may seem insignificant in comparison.

“But Pride is about highlighting the fact that prejudice is still an everyday event and spreading the fundamental message that people should be treated equally under the law.

“To many people within our community, Pride is in fact hugely significant and much more than bringing the community together for one big party. Today, it is even more than just about gay rights.”

The paper’s editorial boss said the centenary of the start of the WWI was of “huge importance around the world” as well as in Sussex.

A total of 7,302 lives were lost in the county’s regiment during the conflict.

Michael added: “Key anniversaries such as this one are so important to ensure we remember the young men who gave their lives to protect our freedom. We wanted to do something really special and I think our supplement is just that.”

He added: “Of course, to many people, Brighton and Hove Pride may seem insignificant in comparison.

The Argus also changed its masthead from red to rainbow coloured for Saturday – the day of Brighton and Hove Pride.

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  • August 5, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    The front page was the World War One page.
    The Pride was on the back of the paper.
    You can clearly see that as the barcode is in the photo…

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