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Regional publisher wins American biker magazine deal

HOGAn American motorcycle magazine is set to be published by a content agency owned by regional publisher Archant.

Archant Dialogue has won a three-year contract to publish HOG magazine, the official magazine of The Harley Owners Group for the US market.

The magazine, which is published five times per year, is distributed to more than 650,000 Harley-Davidson owners in America.

The magazine contains stories and information exclusive to that market, including lifestyle and riding features, member stories as well as tips on riding and Harley-Davidson product information.

Gavin Miller, Dialogue’s Managing Director said: “We’re delighted to have been appointed by Harley-Davidson to produce the iconic US HOG Magazine and we look forward to working with the US team to help build on their already established relationship with the H.O.G. community.

“Content really does help brands engage and build communities across multi-channels and from a personal perspective there is nothing better than the experience of the Harley-Davidson brand on the road, through a magazine, online or at an event.”

Worcester RevealedA weekly newspaper billed as the oldest in the world has begun publishing a series of history supplements – partially funded by the local council.

Berrow’s Worcester Journal has published the first in a series of free quarterly supplements, entitled Worcester Revealed, pictured left.

The 14-page supplement is the brainchild of historian David Hallmark, with volunteer authors contributing to each edition.

The first issue will also be published on the Visit Worcestershire website and it being supported financially by Worcester City Council.

Said David: “We want the 50 stories each year over the quarterly editions and 200 in four years through this supplement in Berrow’s, to be collectible by the 60,000 readers from some 30,000 copies.

“This could not have been possible without the opportunity offered by Peter John, editor of Berrow’s. The city council has contributed a sum for each edition.”

The GuardianA weekly newspaper is in the running to be named the best news publication in Northern England by a media website.

The Warrington Guardian has been nominated for the News & Magazine (Printed or Online) category at the Prolific North awards 2016.

The Guardian is joined on the shortlist by Archant-owned lifestyle magazines Cheshire Life, Lancashire Life and Yorkshire Life.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony held at Lancashire County Cricket Club, Old Trafford, Manchester, on 28 April.


Hundreds of schoolchildren are set to receive a free copy of a regional daily every week as part of a reading project.

More than 700 primary school pupils across the South Cumbria will get a copy of the North West Evening Mail, after the newspaper pledged its support for The Reading Passport 2016.

The project sees children across the country complete fun and educational activities to develop a wide range of skills as they explore the people, places and events.

The scheme is being run in conjunction with The News Foundation, which aims to provide opportunities for young people of all abilities to access news of all forms in a relevant way.

Evening Mail editor James Higgins said: “We’re thrilled to be involved in the The Reading Passport 2016 programme.

“It’s really important that young people understand what’s happening in their local communities and I hope that by providing them with a print edition of the Evening Mail once a week for the duration of this project, we will ignite a passion in them for news and current affairs.”

 Pupils from St George's C of E Primary School who are taking part in the scheme

Pupils from St George’s C of E Primary School, Barrow, who are taking part in the scheme


A group of photojournalism students have set up their own ‘live news’ blog in a bid to gain real life experience of press photography.

Students studying for a BA in photojournalism at the University of South Wales, in Cardiff, are running the blog every Thursday for eight weeks.

Each week the students are given four hours to find and produce news, sport and feature stories for the blog, while they are put in charge of picture editing, sub editing and social media on a weekly rotational basis.

Students have so far covered stories such as St David’s Day, the proposed closure of a community centre, International Wine Day and Six Nations rugby union matches.

Senior lecturer Becky Matthews said: “Only the best work produced weekly is uploaded to the blog and applicable to be handed in as coursework.

“The live news days are helping to give students an understanding of the press industry. The rapid deadlines are improving time management, while the ability to recognise and research story opportunities and repetitive practice is improving their portfolios.”

One of the photos uploaded to theblog by Tom Watts

One of the photos uploaded to the blog by Tom Watts

Modern+Gardens+MagazineConsumer magazine publisher Bauer Media has announced the extension of its gardening publications portfolio, with the launch of Modern Gardens Magazine.

The magazine, left, is aimed at people who want to simple ideas to create a stylish outdoor space to enjoy, rather than spend hours gardening.

Editorial director June Smith-Sheppard said: “There is a wealth of information available for people trying to make their house look beautiful, but very little relating to how to take this outside.

“Modern Gardens is here to revolutionise the gardening market with fun, trend led content that is accessible for everyone. We are very excited to be opening up this niche market to anyone with an outdoor space.”

The first issue is available now, priced at £2.99.


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  • March 24, 2016 at 6:35 am

    Re HOG
    Is that honestly the best cover they could come up with for something celebrating “…experience of the Harley-Davidson brand”?
    lets hope the rest of the magazines not so dull and uninspiring as the cover design.

    Oh for the days of strong magazine covers giving a true flavour of the content and appealing enough to entice the casual buyer to pick s copy up.
    An image of two old folk riding off into the sunset doesnt shout Harley Davidson to me.

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  • March 24, 2016 at 10:46 am

    It reminds me of that old Start-Rite kids’ shoes ad! Showing my age, now…

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