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

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.

Former regional daily editor Steve Dyson’s monthly Dyson at Large blog established itself as a must-read throughout the local press industry for more than 10 years. Our full archive containing hundreds of his reviews, comments and debates are available here.

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

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