Traditional media Archive

  • One to Watch: The digital fortunes of The Dish

    One to Watch: The digital fortunes of The Dish

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. This month saw the launch of a start-up which is being eagerly watched by observers of the media landscape. The Dish – not to be confused with a dreadful Australian film on which I wasted several hours of my life – is the latest venture by Andrew Sullivan, the political blogger [...]

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  • More heat than light in the debate about UK press regulation

    More heat than light in the debate about UK press regulation

    Report by Tim Dawson The continuing discussion of the Leveson Inquiry proposals has thrown up a number of abiding mysteries – which were sharply highlighted, but entirely unresolved by at the Soho Sceptics meeting last night at London’s Conway Hall. To consider the case for regulation of the press defined in statute, Nick Cohen and [...]

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  • The Writer’s Tale – Atwood surveys publishing revolution

    The Writer’s Tale – Atwood surveys publishing revolution

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. Last week Canadian author Margaret Atwood came to London to collect one of the highest awards Britain can give a writer. Becoming a Companion of The Royal Society of Literature, an honour bestowed on only ten writers at any one time, brought Atwood’s collection of awards to 99 – a recognition [...]

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  • Inspired union: strategies for journalism to flourish

    Inspired union: strategies for journalism to flourish

    Conference report by Tim Dawson NUJ freelances displayed an innovative range of strategies to survive and prosper at a one-day conference.  A capacity audience packed the event to hear from more than twenty speakers describing initiatives including: instant-video documentary making, selling into new foreign markets, self-publishing via Kindle, and creating iPad app publications. Other novel [...]

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  • Status politics: could local newspapers be allowed to become charities?

    Status politics: could local newspapers be allowed to become charities?

    Report by Tim Dawson With a UK Communications Bill White Paper expected in early 2013, there is a growing hope that one of its provisions might be to make it easier for local newspapers to operate as charities.  A consortium of charities and trusts has already made a submission to this effect to the Department [...]

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  • OUT NOW: Free ebooklet for writers from New Model Journalism

    OUT NOW: Free ebooklet for writers from New Model Journalism

    By Alex Klaushofer. Against the background of change and struggle that has afflicted the media and publishing in recent years, one strand of good news has consistently emerged. This good news story of the crisis in journalism tells of innovation and experimentation, of pioneering practices and the opening up of new frontiers, as writers of [...]

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  • New, print and profitable – a new model for hyperlocals

    New, print and profitable – a new model for hyperlocals

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. Print is dying, and hyperlocal websites notoriously difficult to make pay. But one recently-established community magazine is challenging these orthodoxies of the digital age. Monthly magazine The filtonvoice is the brainchild of Richard Coulter, a former staffer on The Bristol Evening Post. Having taken redundancy from the struggling newspaper, Coulter looked [...]

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  • The places that the tablets can’t reach

    The places that the tablets can’t reach

    Rupert Murdoch’s reputation as a media visionary might have taken a battering in recent months.  His famed enthusiasm for iPads as a news deliver device, however, is beginning to look as if it might yet prove to be as shrewd as his gamble as the one that he made on subscription tv two decades ago. [...]

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  • From newsroom to blogosphere – the sexism goes on

    From newsroom to blogosphere – the sexism goes on

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. Where are all the women? That was the question behind an NUJ fringe meeting at last week’s TUC women’s conference. A wide range of women gathered from all sections of the media. Shadow media minister Helen Goodman, citing the coalition government’s plans to relieve Ofcom of the duty to promote equal [...]

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  • Profit is dead. Long live Public Interest: Journalism in 2012 and beyond

    Profit is dead. Long live Public Interest: Journalism in 2012 and beyond

    Comment by Alex Klaushofer. With the first week of the New Year bringing only warnings from politicians and economists, it seems that wise men have realised it would be foolish to feign optimism for 2012. But while things remain bleak on the economic front, there is at last a glimmer of hope for those rooting [...]

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