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About HoldtheFrontPage

HoldtheFrontPage is a news website for and about journalists and journalism students everywhere with a particular focus on the UK regional media.

Highlighting the vital work done by local press journalists has always been a key part of what we do, and each day on our site we carry examples of campaigns, charity efforts, freedom of information battles and numerous other ways in which local and regional newspapers have made a difference to their communities.

As well as carrying all the latest live news updates about what is happening in the industry, our job listings are sure to reach a wide audience of UK journalists and PR professionals, with around 70,000 users visiting our site each month.

You can also keep up to date with the latest news and jobs on the site by signing up for our daily email newsletter or by following us on Twitter.

Our competitive advertising rates start from £175 per week + VAT with special deals available for first-time advertisers or block-bookings. Contact us on 01332 895994 or email [email protected] to find out more.

Alternatively if you would like to speak to us about a story, please call 01332 895972 or email [email protected].

Meet the Team

Paul Linford

Paul Linford,  Publisher

Gary Mogridge, Sales Executive

Gary Mogridge, Digital Sales Executive

David Sharman, Journalist

David Sharman, Digital Journalist










HoldtheFrontPage is based in Derbyshire, UK, and managed by a three-person team led by Publisher Paul Linford, left, together with journalist David Sharman and sales executive Gary Mogridge. All three have extensive experience in the regional press industry.

Paul has worked in regional journalism and related sectors for more than 35 years, including spells at the Derby Telegraph, South Wales Echo and The Journal, Newcastle. David is a former Blackpool Gazette and Leicester Mercury journalist with more than 10 years’ experience in the trade, while Gary worked on the sales side for Johnston Press titles in Leighton Buzzard and Milton Keynes.

If you have a news story for the site, please call David or Paul on 01332 895972 or email [email protected].

If you would like to place a job ad, or inquire about advertising, please call Gary or Paul on 01332 895994 or email [email protected].

History of the Site

Originally launched in February 2000, HoldtheFrontPage has had two major redesigns in its 20-year history.

The original site, pictured left, lasted for 11 years and has since been preserved for posterity as part of the British Library’s National Web Archive project.

In 2011, the site was rebuilt in WordPress to a new design, right, which later evolved into the current, fully responsive platform which went live in February 2015.

Company Information Limited is independently-owned and is a member of the Independent Community News Network and the Independent Press Standards Organisation.   As an IPSO member we subscribe to the Editor’s Code of Practice.

Our registered office address is: Limited
EasyHub Walsall,
The Old Foundry,
55 Bath St,
Walsall WS1 3BZ

Registered in England and Wales with company number 03031677

VAT No. 848 9351 77