Tag Archives: local newspapers

Happy New Year

First of all, may I begin by wishing you all a Happy New Year. You don’t need to be Mystic Meg to predict that the year is likely to be dominated by Brexit. On the political front the posh boys on the Tory right (Johnson, Rees Mogg, etc) may well succeed in their desire to […]

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 […]

The Press Release is Not Dead

For several years now I’ve been reading articles in the PR trade press telling me that the press release is in a similar state to Monty Python’s legendary parrot – it is dead, it is no more, it has ceased to be, etc The argument, put forward by the likes of Government Comms Chief Alex […]

Local Papers Stay Local

Local papers stay local When I travel around Britain I always buy a local paper wherever I stay as I think that it tells you a great deal about the town or city in question. The nation’s high streets all look the same these days, they all have M&S, Tesco, Costa, Waterstones etc. Even the […]

Poor coverage of women’s sport

Players and administrators in women’s sport regularly complain that they are underfunded when compared to their male counterparts. Their argument is that the poor media coverage of their sport leads to fewer sponsorship and other commercial sources of income being available to them. Recent events at my local rugby club would seem to suggest that […]

Style replaces substance

Hardly a week goes by without more gloomy news about local newspaper closures. The latest example came just last week with the news of the closure of three local weeklies in London.  Interestingly, the trade magazine Press Gazette says that London now has fewer newspapers per resident than any other part of the UK. However, […]

Local News Matters

In the last few days the NUJ has held a number of events across the UK to mark their Local News Matters week of action. As I have said before in these posts, our local newspapers seem to be in a vicious circle of decline. Low circulation figures cause a loss of advertising revenue, which […]