‘Absolutely brutal’: At least 1,000 newspapers and other publications across US face cutback dues to Covid-19

7 Apr

US journalists working across more than 1,000 local newspapers and other publications are facing cuts due to the economic hit their employers have taken on coronavirus. An investigation by Press Gazette found that hundreds of titles – mainly local newspapers – have already had to reduce their costs through publication suspensions, pay reductions, lay-offs or … Continue reading “‘Absolutely brutal’: At least 1,000 newspapers and other publications across US face cutback dues to Covid-19”

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Labour Mayor: Boris “Deserves This”

7 Apr

The unity from every corner of Parliament and fellow world leaders following the news of Boris’s deteriorating condition is refreshing, though not everyone can seem to muster compassion. Upon hearing the news of the PM being moved to intensive care, Labour mayor and Derbyshire Councillor Sheila Oakes took to Facebook to vent, “sorry, he completely […]

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Never before? The Spanish Flu and COVID 19…

7 Apr

Boris Johnson is not the first British prime minister to fall ill during a pandemic. In September 1918, with the First World War far from over, David Lloyd George succumbed to the Spanish Flu. Johnson is not the only world leader affected by Covid 19 and a century ago, a global range of politicians was also affected by influenza; while still suffering from the aftermath of his severe infection, Lloyd George visited the Paris peace conference in 1919, only to … Read more

Six in ten want more Government support for local newspapers, Press Gazette reader poll shows

7 Apr

Six in ten people who responded to a Press Gazette reader poll want the Government to provide extra help for local newspapers during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Some 701 people, or 62 per cent of respondents, said that local titles should be getting more financial support as they are a vital service. By contrast, 423 … Continue reading “Six in ten want more Government support for local newspapers, Press Gazette reader poll shows”

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FT and Reach titles hit new online records with coronavirus coverage

7 Apr

Traffic to the Financial Times website has grown 250 per cent year-on-year over the past month as coverage of the coronavirus crisis has broken new records for the daily title. The FT said the pandemic has resulted in its highest ever levels of consumption and engagement online, smashing previous records set during the EU Referendum. … Continue reading “FT and Reach titles hit new online records with coronavirus coverage”

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Science Media Centre chief: ‘Heart-breaking that cuts to journalism come at a time when it is needed more than ever’

7 Apr

Fiona Fox is chief executive of the Science Media Centre which works with journalist to promote ‘accurate, evidence-based information’ about science and the media. Here she raises her concerns about the widespread pay cuts and furloughs which have hit journalists during the coronavirus pandemic.   Can you imagine if NHS leaders today announced a 20% … Continue reading “Science Media Centre chief: ‘Heart-breaking that cuts to journalism come at a time when it is needed more than ever'”

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Brexit has complicated and isolated Germany’s role in the EU

7 Apr

There is only one priority for Germany and the UK right now and that is dealing with COVID-19. The available estimates of the costs of shutdown in the form of lost value-added show that the coronavirus epidemic will cause costs that will probably exceed everything known from economic crises or natural disasters in both countries … Continued

How far away are ‘immunity passports’?

7 Apr

We need antibody testing. Everyone agrees with that — the question is how it can be done. There are two main kinds of test for Covid-19: PCR tests which tell us who has the disease right now; and antibody or serological testing, which can tell us who’s had it in the past. The Government wants […]

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What sort of a society does that make us if we feel certain lives are more valuable than others?

6 Apr

I have temporarily sidelined two articles I have penned for Slugger to instead discuss the Covid-19 epidemic and how it questions our morality and values. I have always been hugely passionate about history and I sometimes wonder how I would have reacted to wrongdoings of the past if I was in that situation. The persecution of Jews at the hands of the Nazis, the discrimination that many black people faced (unfortunately some still do) and societies treatment of minorities including … Read more

Action urged after ‘crackpot theories’ linking 5G and coronavirus grow

6 Apr

The Government has called for social media companies to do more to clamp down on “crackpot theories” that have seen 5G phone masts set alight and telecoms workers attacked over the past week. False claims have circulated online that 5G technology has helped transmit coronavirus (Covid-19), apparently resulting in attacks on at least 20 mobile … Continue reading “Action urged after ‘crackpot theories’ linking 5G and coronavirus grow”

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Mail and Metro staff offered shares in DMGT in exchange for wage cuts to avoid furlough

6 Apr

The owner of the Mail and Metro titles has offered staff shares in the company to compensate them for taking a pay cut during the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. Writing to DMG Media staff today, Lord Rothermere (pictured) said senior management had “striven hard” to come up with a plan that would avoid furloughing staff … Continue reading “Mail and Metro staff offered shares in DMGT in exchange for wage cuts to avoid furlough”

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Traffic uplift no compensation for loss of ad revenue, says head of mag publisher’s body

6 Apr

Magazine publishers fear a drop in advertising revenue of up to 95 per cent in the coming quarter, an industry body has claimed. The Professional Publishers’ Association has written to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden urging more support for businesses in the sector to survive the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. A representative survey of PPA members taken … Continue reading “Traffic uplift no compensation for loss of ad revenue, says head of mag publisher’s body”

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