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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.

Spot on, Peter

You can say what you like about TV’s the X-Factor, but it certainly gets people talking. Last night’s decision by Simon Cowell to reprieve talentless twins John and Edward Grimes at the expense of Welsh songbird Lucie Jones has been

Lowe’s big tease

As his one-time deputy Keith Perch recently noted, Mike Lowe was one of the great ‘personality editors’ of the 1990s, bringing his unique style of journalism to first the Gloucester Citizen, then the Derby Evening Telegraph, and finally the Bristol

The Commons: ‘A killer place’

The funeral of former MEN political editor Ian Craig took place in his family’s home town of Wrexham yesterday, with many regional lobby figures past and present paying their respects. So today’s obituary by David McKittrick in the Independent was

The right to give offence

Tory blogger Iain Dale’s connection to the regional press is somewhat tenuous – he writes a column for the Eastern Daily Press – so we didn’t carry today’s story about the PCC adjudication against him on the main site. Nonetheless,

Farewell to a great regional press journalist

Earlier this week on HoldtheFrontPage we carried news of the sudden death of long-standing regional lobby correspondent Ian Craig, who until earlier this year was political editor of the Manchester Evening News. It is always sad when a journalist passes

Will others follow where Trinity Mirror has led?

A certain amount flak will inevitably be flying in the direction of Trinity Mirror over its decision to take the Birmingham Post weekly. Indeed the NUJ’s Chris Morley, who seems to reserve his most colourful invective for matters affecting Trinity

Speculation mounts over Birmingham dailies

Speculation is mounting in the blogosphere over the future of the Trinity Mirror owned titles in Birmingham. Nearly two months ago, the company launched a wide-ranging consultation over the future of the Birmingham Post and Mail. Options under consideration included

Quiet birthday for Newcastle training course

In a similar sort of vein to the previous post, the journalism foundation course run in Newcastle by the Press Association recently turned 40, but there were no birthday celebrations for the renowned training centre. Sadly for its many distinguished

Horrocks departs without fanfare

The announcement last month that Paul Horrocks was leaving after 12 years as editor of the Manchester Evening News was predictably one of our biggest stories of recent months, although interestingly, it got fewer page views on HTFP than our

Credit where credit’s due

The Newspaper Society’s weekly newsletter arrived in our inbox this morning with an item about the local media fighting for open justice. "Media commentator Roy Greenslade has highlighted recent instances in which local media journalists reporting on cases in criminal

A job too far

Credit crunch, recession, economic downturn – sadly all expressions which feature heavily in today’s news. As a result, job hunting within the press and media industry has become increasingly difficult for those seeking career progression or a new, post-redundancy job.

Only way is down for Beeb

Ben Bradshaw’s speech to the Royal Television Society convention in Cambridge last night did not specifically mention the regional press, but there is no doubt that its content will have repercussions for the industry, in particular his comment that the

Experienced journalists need not apply

Are you an editor with 30 years’ experience in the regional press? Know the industry from back to front? Perhaps ready for a new challenge after years at the coalface? Well, the Press Complaints Commission doesn’t want to hear from

Reverse publishing boon from hyperlocal project

A couple of months back we covered the launch of the new LocalPeople.co.uk sites in the South West by Associated Northcliffe Digital. Now AND’s director of strategy Roland Bryan has given an update on how the initiative is going in

Are the British obsessed with potholes?

Leicester Mercury editor Keith Perch penned an interesting counterblast a week or so back on the subject of potholes and why we in the UK are so "obsessed" with them. Keith had been holidaying in Italy (lucky beggar) and noticed

New term heralds spate of job moves

The first week back after the summer holidays has already seen some notable new editorial job moves, with ex-York Press editor Kevin Booth named as the new editor of the Burton Mail, and Northcliffe’s Ian Carter jumping ship to become