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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.

Should local papers have led on Jackson’s death?

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

Is the NUJ guilty of scaremongering?

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

The bear facts

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

Snakes and ladders

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

Not-so-hot news from Cambridge

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

Cards on the table time for would-be merger kings

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

Will 650 local newspapers really close by 2014?

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

Queen snubs regional press

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

Wrong Lewis

Northern Echo editor Peter Barron announces on his blog the arrival of new columnist Martin Lewis , who has recently made a name for himself dispensing money-saving tips on GMTV. I have to confess I initially thought he meant Martyn

Ex Cabinet ministers tell all to MEN

One of the most enduring frustrations during my time as a regional lobby journalist was the way in which the New Labour spin machine systematically cut the regional press out of the loop when it came to the dissemination of

Web-first or print-first?

Welcome to The Journalism Hub…and what better subject to kick-off with than the good old print vs online debate. It is fair to say opinion within the industry on the question of whether newspapers should "give away" their content online