Earlier this week the Tories made a bit of a splash in some quarters by announcing plans to allow newspaper groups to provide regional TV news using funding top-sliced from the BBC licence fee. It was of course good to
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.
We’ve had the one about the town that ran out of custard (see previous post) – now here’s the one about the dead moggie that united a Midlands cathedral town in grief. Well, it is July after all…..
Earlier this year, HoldtheFrontPage ran a piece about a weekly paper in Kent which had published a story about a mum-of-three complaining that the local shops had run out of custard. It provoked a lively debate, both on HTFP and
As well as being one of the best observers of the national political scene either inside or outside the Lobby – check out his blog Outside the Bubble – David Higgerson is an enthusiastic Twitterer in his role as Trinity
Or should that be The Wages of Spin? Thanks to cartoonist Slob for this take on the potential political ramifications of the alleged News of the World phone hacking affair – it was originally posted on my political blog but
We at HoldtheFrontPage always try to be clear and concise in the way we write our stories. So it was with no little amusement that we stumbled upon this titbit from the Plain English Campaign – the lobby group launched
An interesting news item from the regional press has just landed on HoldtheFrontPage’s radar. After 90 years of publishing, the Midlands-based Sporting Star will cease publication at the start of the forthcoming football season. The Sporting Star is owned by
Difficult times at Trinity Mirror at the moment, with the announcement of nine newspaper closures and job losses yesterday, and accusations from the National Union of Journalists concerning the future of two of its traditional morning papers, the Birmingham Post
The sight of regional papers splashing on national and international news always generates a fair amount of debate among journalists. For many, who see localness as our unique selling point, following the national news agenda is something that goes against
Sometimes the decision whether or not to publish a story on HoldtheFrontPage is not necessarily a straightforward one. One such instance was yesterday’s press release from the National Union of Journalists claiming that publisher Trinity Mirror plans to axe eight
Earlier this week, HTFP featured the preliminary results of a survey being carried out by a postgraduate student into the changing nature of press releases. Its key finding was that journalists regard most of the PR material they get sent
An interesting little parable on the ups and downs of football and journalism comes from Lee Ryder, sports writer and author of blogonthetyne.co.uk A few years back Lee spotted an ad on HTFP for a sports reporter at the Scunthorpe
The weekly email bulletin from the Newspaper Society provides an invaluable guide to what our leading regional press industry body is up to, and as such is a regular source of stories for HTFP and other media publications. But just
So, what to make of the government’s Digital Britain report published yesterday, and in particular its recommendations about whether the current newspaper merger regime should be relaxed? Well, at first glance, the government appears to have managed the considerable
Media analyst Claire Enders made a bit of splash at today’s culture, media and sport committee hearing in the Commons by predicting that half the UK’s 1,300 local papers would close over the next five years. Ms Enders claimed that
The twice-yearly honours lists published on the Queen’s birthday and New Year’s Eve can usually be relied upon to yield a good story for HTFP, with regional press figures regularly featuring among the recipients. In the New Year’s Honours List