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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.

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

Meet The Squirrelizer

Continuing our silly season theme, it seems that the now-famous photo of an American couple on holiday in Canada has turned it into ‘Squirrel Season’. For those of you still unaware of what I’m talking about, check out one of

A good response

Susan Greenwood Twitters that a recent advert for a trainee reporter on the Yorkshire Post garnered no fewer than 262 applications. It’s probably indicative of the state of the jobs market in the regional press over recent months, but for

You can tell it’s August….

After more than 20 years in journalism I’m not sure whether I still believe in the idea of a ‘silly season’ when it comes to news. The fact is, as has been highlighted both on HTFP and on this blog

Council audits remain a closed book

Earlier this year HTFP carried a story about a news agency’s laudable attempt to provide a comprehensive list of four-week council audits taking place this summer. Under the Audit Commission Act, local authorities are required to open their books for

Being a journalist really can benefit your health

Knowledge gained is never a waste and what journalists write about for their papers may sometimes serve them well in their own lives. So it proved for the health reporter of The Bolton News who has recently been laid up

That’s enough Enders – Ed

I have blogged before about the American-born media analyst Claire Enders and her prediction that the next four years will see the loss of 650 of the UK’s 1,300 local and regional newspapers. My instinctive reaction to her pronouncements is

Credit where credit’s due

Will Green, my successor-but-one as political editor of The Journal, scored a notable exclusive by persuading Minister for the North-East and Labour Chief Whip Nick Brown to go on the record with his thoughts about Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley.