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HoldtheFrontPage publishes two regular columns – Dyson at Large and the Law Column.

Former regional daily editor Steve Dyson’s monthly Dyson at Large blog has established itself as a must-read throughout the local press industry. Don’t miss his updates which are published on the site on the penultimate Wednesday of every month.

The fortnightly Law Column is written by media law specialists Foot Anstey and is designed to encourage debate on all aspects of the law as it affects working journalists. It appears every other Tuesday.

Other guest blogs may also appear on this page from time to time.

Was this the best-ever regional press Tweet?

From the latest collection of Friday Funnies on HTFP comes this gem from Worcester News editor Kevin Ward. Has there ever been a better Tweet by a member of the regional press? Let us know on

Culture minister praises HTFP blogger

We’ve been pretty pleased so far with the reaction to our new HoldtheFrontPage blogger – former Birmingham Mail editor Steve Dyson. Although not everyone has necessarily agreed with his weekly critiques of local and regional newspapers, that wasn’t the point.

Dundee here we come?

At the conclusion of his speech to last year’s Society of Editors conference, its incoming president Donald Martin announced that next year’s gathering would be held in Glasgow. "Where better to celebrate next year’s conference than in the great newspaper

Will the Tories destroy the regional media’s only lifeline?

The emerging battle to run the three regional TV news pilots in Scotland, Wales and the North-East is shaping up to be the big media story of the year, with several rival newspaper groups bidding for the franchises. Meanwhile, shadow

Top marks for Examiner

Fans of mock news websites such as the and the petersfieldnewswire may wish to check out the latest edition of the Framley Examiner. The crack team of reporters in the mythical ‘town’ have been out on their ‘patch’ compiling

Will cameras in court mean death of shorthand?

There has been an interesting development in the thorny issue of not taking recording equipment, namely TV cameras, into our courts. As any newspaper journalism student will testify, after having it repeatedly rammed into their subconscious for the duration of

Don’t miss Steve Dyson’s new blog

Former Birmingham Mail editor Steve Dyson’s new blog "Dyson at Large" launches on HoldtheFrontPage today. Each Wednesday, Steve will be looking at a different regional title and giving his assessment of its strengths and weaknesses and today he kicks off