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  • Leveson v. the moguls – can the lawyer who let Ken Dodd slip, outwit Murdoch?

    Leveson v. the moguls – can the lawyer who let Ken Dodd slip, outwit Murdoch?

    Review by Tim Dawson. The British press has rarely been in such a fix.  During two weeks in July, apparently unshakeable pillars crumbled to dust.  News International was humbled, the company’s BSkyB deal collapsed, the News Of The World closed and several senior officers of the Metropolitan Police resigned. Buffeted by its own proximity to the […]

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  • Charitable model could save local news

    Charitable model could save local news

    Guest blog by David Ainsworth. Recently a group of my colleagues and I became interested in the idea of creating a charitable local newspaper. The reason for this was simple. Local newspapers are important, but they are also in trouble. It’s time to try out a new model. Those of us who’ve worked in local […]

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  • Download tools – an online newservice for the labour movement

    Download tools – an online newservice for the labour movement

    Report by Tim Dawson. Trades unions have not always been the quickest to adopt new means to communicate, in part because of an institutionalised ambivalence to technological change.  It perhaps explains why reporting this sector is one that that has attracted relatively few online operations. Into this gap step two recent past presidents of the […]

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  • E-publishing provides ‘alternative avenue’ for journalists

    E-publishing provides ‘alternative avenue’ for journalists

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. Amid all the gloom about the difficulties the digital age have brought both the media and publishing, Dan Franklin is almost Tiggerish about the liberating possibilities of the e-book for journalism. As digital editor at Random House, Franklin is in the vanguard of a small group of publishers who are developing […]

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  • Digital subscriptions – no investment, no sales

    Digital subscriptions – no investment, no sales

    Comment by Tim Dawson. The publication of the first audited circulation figures for digital magazine sales did little to make the case that online subscriptions are the future.  Only two magazines have sold more than 1,000 subscriptions – Men’s Health and Hello!  And neither of them had sold enough to give much cheer to those […]

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  • New media manners – the case against digital rudeness

    New media manners – the case against digital rudeness

    Comment by Alex Klaushofer. In keeping with the back-to-school feel of the week, today’s post is about a little-discussed aspect of journalism in the digital age – the rise of a new form of rudeness, and the concomitant importance of good manners. I’m not talking about the negative effects of new technology on everyday behaviour, […]

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  • Life after digital dependency – Hamlet’s Blackberry

    Life after digital dependency – Hamlet’s Blackberry

    Review by Alex Klaushofer. Summer 2011. I’m sitting in the garden with a book on one of those still, warm afternoons that are perfect for outdoors living. But something keeps tugging at my consciousness, and I’m finding it hard to concentrate. After a moment, I realise the anxiety has something to do with my e-life; […]

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  • Patch takes on the ‘hood’

    Patch takes on the ‘hood’

    Case study by Tim Dawson. When Alex Trebek, the host of US tv show Jeopardy fell chasing a burglar last week he gave Patch.com one of their biggest stories of the year.  The San Francisco site of the national hyperlocal news network got the story.  News of the silver-haired 71 year old taking up chase […]

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  • Niche both a help and hindrance to online start-up Bookbrunch

    Niche both a help and hindrance to online start-up Bookbrunch

    Case study by Alex Klaushofer. When Nicholas Clee and Liz Thomson were casting about for a new job, with full-time staff jobs behind them and freelance opportunities on the wane, a digital solution seemed obvious. Between them, they had over fifty years experience in writing about publishing and the book trade: Clee was a former […]

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  • Year-out forum finds a gap in the market

    Year-out forum finds a gap in the market

    Case study by Tim Dawson. Specialist social media sites have substantially replaced niche magazines and directories as a source of information in dozens of interest areas.  The largest – like mumsnet.com and the Army Rumour Service – are said to sway elections and to have forced the closure of The News Of The World.  Hundreds […]

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