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  • Arts and crafts: quality content builds blog’s audience and revenue

    Arts and crafts: quality content builds blog’s audience and revenue

    Case study, by Tim Dawson Maggy Woodley started her blog, redtedart.com three-and-a-half years ago in the hope that it might be a way for her to sell some paintings. Finding that to attract an audience, she needed to regularly add content, she started writing up craft projects that she did with her children – and the […]

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  • Offset opposition, the rise and fall of Britain’s alternative press

    Offset opposition, the rise and fall of Britain’s alternative press

    Review, by Tim Dawson The reappearance of Nigel Fountain’s ‘Underground, The Alternative Press 1966 – 1974’ as an eBook provides a timely moment to reflect on the clutch of magazines that he describes, and to ask whether they have any contemporary parallels? His focus is the wave of publishing that grew up in the wake […]

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  • 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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  • Eastern promise – but will Mustard serve up real meat?

    Eastern promise – but will Mustard serve up real meat?

    City tv franchise roll out – comment: by Tim Dawson East Anglian broadcasting has long been the butt of the nation’s jokes.  Ask those unfamiliar with Norfolk and Suffolk, ‘who is Norwich’s most famous son’, and ‘Alan Partridge’ is dependably their reply.  Steve Coogan’s hapless sports jock (BBC 1991 -, Sky) might be even be […]

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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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  • The story of the blues: how a football calamity spawned an underground bestseller

    The story of the blues: how a football calamity spawned an underground bestseller

    Case study by Tim Dawson Three weeks after it was published, Phil Mac Giolla Bhain’s ‘Downfall’ was the eighth best selling general paperback in the UK, according to The Sunday Times.  Tracking the financial crisis and subsequent insolvency of Glasgow Rangers FC, the book has nearly sold 9,700 copies, to date and less than two […]

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  • Digital revolution only just begun, report predicts

    Digital revolution only just begun, report predicts

    Review by Alex Klaushofer. For those hoping that the dust will soon settle on the digital revolution and that we can get back to quality journalism as usual, here is the bad news. The transformations brought about by the digital revolution have only just begun, according to a report published by the Reuters Institute for […]

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  • Kindling for beginners: notes from a non-digital native

    Kindling for beginners: notes from a non-digital native

    Inspired by a case study in our recent ebooklet on New Ways to Make Copyright Pay, self-confessed non-techy Humphrey Evans launched himself into the Kindle world. In the letter below, he documents the nitty-gritty of his experience. Dear Alex, You asked about the learning points of my Kindle experience. I’ve just finished putting up another […]

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