Tag Archives: Johnston Press

More Bad News for Newspapers

For those of us who care about the future of newspapers in print there was distressing news this week when JPI Media announced the loss of 70 editorial jobs across their network of regional papers. As you may recall, JPI Media took ownership of the newspaper group last year after Johnston Press went into administration. […]

Mixed Signals on Local Papers

The Cairncross Review into the future of the UK news industry was published this morning. While I haven’t yet had the opportunity to look at it in detail (it runs to 157 pages!), there are some interesting recommendations, including greater regulation of social media platforms and the creation of an Institute for Public Interest News. […]

Review of 2018

I can’t imagine that too many people will be looking back on 2018 with any degree of fondness. On the political front, the never ending Brexit saga has moved from tragedy to farce and has also demonstrated that the current crop of UK politicians are a fairly mediocre and uninspiring bunch. As if that wasn’t […]

Worrying Times for Newspapers

You may well have noticed the news last week that one of the UK’s main newspaper groups, Johnston Press is looking for a buyer. The company currently publishes over 200 local, regional and national newspapers, including the ”i”, The Scotsman, The Belfast News Letter and The Yorkshire Post. Trade press stories say that Johnston Press […]

Jings, crivens, help ma boab!

I’ve been reading in the media trade press this week about the contrasting fortunes of two newspapers that were, in very different ways, part of my youth. I am talking about the Sunday Post and The Scotsman. When I was growing up my parents, like many Scots of their generation, bought the Sunday Post religiously […]

Hatches, Matches & Despatches

The hatches, matches and despatches pages (or births, marriages and deaths if you want to be proper) have been a standard feature of most newspapers for as long as anyone can remember. It’s therefore a bit ironic that newspapers themselves are now making the headlines for their own hatches, matches and despatches. First came the […]

Do local newspapers have a future?

I was interested to read in The Guardian recently that David Montgomery, head of the Local World media group, has advocated a new model for local newspapers. He seems to be suggesting that local media should no longer go out looking for stories and should instead rely on press officers from Councils and other high […]