Local journalist forced to flee home with young daughter says she will carry on reporting

27 May

A local news journalist has been forced to leave her home because of threats made towards her and her five-year-old daughter. Amy Fenton (pictured), chief reporter at daily newspaper The Mail in Barrow, has been targeted by more than 100 threats and abusive messages in the past week. The 35-year-old revealed on social media that … Continue reading “Local journalist forced to flee home with young daughter says she will carry on reporting”

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Local journalist ‘put under police protection’ after repeated threats

26 May

A local journalist in Cumbria has said she is under police protection after being repeatedly threatened over reports of an unfolding criminal case. Amy Fenton, chief reporter at The Mail in Barrow, tweeted that she has been put “under police protection” due to the abuse she has received. Sharing a screenshot of a Facebook comment … Continue reading “Local journalist ‘put under police protection’ after repeated threats”

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Midland News Association puts 90 jobs at risk of redundancy

14 May

The publisher of the Wolverhampton Express and Star, Midland News Association, has put 90 jobs at risk of redundancy including 14 in editorial. The move comes as Buzzfeed announced plans to close its UK news operation with the loss of 11 jobs. The Express and Star is England’s largest paid-for regional daily newspaper with a … Continue reading “Midland News Association puts 90 jobs at risk of redundancy”

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Hull Daily Mail breached Editors’ Code with photo of paedophile clown

11 May

A regional newspaper has been reprimanded after publishing a picture of a convicted paedophile with two children unrelated to his crimes. The Hull Daily Mail published an article online on 9 December last year headlined “Kids entertainer ‘Bobby Bubbles’ raped child who ‘thought she was in love’ with him”. It reported that the man was … Continue reading “Hull Daily Mail breached Editors’ Code with photo of paedophile clown”

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Furloughed regional journalist lobbied MP to keep reporting on Covid-19 crisis

7 May

A furloughed regional journalist who lobbied his local MP to be allowed to continue reporting on the coronavirus crisis has said he is “down in the dumps” about not covering the biggest story of a generation. Nick Horner has written for the Reach-owned Sutton Coldfield Observer for the past ten years, but production of his … Continue reading “Furloughed regional journalist lobbied MP to keep reporting on Covid-19 crisis”

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Reach accelerates digital drive as revenue fell 30% in April under Covid-19 crisis

7 May

Mirror, Express and Star publisher Reach is “accelerating plans” to drive digital engagement and capture customer data after group revenue fell by nearly a third in April as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. In line with other news publishers, Reach said the Covid-19 crisis began impacting its business from mid-March, leading to a drop … Continue reading “Reach accelerates digital drive as revenue fell 30% in April under Covid-19 crisis”

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VE Day: How front pages marked the end of World War Two in 1945

7 May

Friday marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day – or VE Day – when the Allies formally accepted Germany’s surrender, bringing an end to the Second World War. Readers of the Times first read about the news of “victory in Europe to be declared today” on page six, as the first part of … Continue reading “VE Day: How front pages marked the end of World War Two in 1945”

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Shining a light: Best investigative journalism of the coronavirus crisis revealed

1 May

Investigations have shed light on the impact of coronavirus on the most vulnerable in our societies and helped push for action from officials. Some of the best investigations are shown below as part of Press Gazette’s Journalism Matters: Excellence in Reporting Coronavirus survey. Press Gazette received more than 600 nominations after asking people to highlight … Continue reading “Shining a light: Best investigative journalism of the coronavirus crisis revealed”

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News publishers raise £7m to help fight coronavirus

1 May

UK news publishers have helped raise some £7m to aid the fight against coronavirus, alongside reporting the impact of the pandemic and holding those in power to account. The Daily Mail has set up a £4m fund to provide protective equipment for NHS staff through its new charity Mail Force. It flew a plane full of … Continue reading “News publishers raise £7m to help fight coronavirus”

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Liverpool Echo issues contributions plea as Guardian voluntary payments grow by fifth

29 Apr

The Guardian’s reader revenues have grown at record rates since the coronavirus crisis began and one of the UK’s biggest regional dailies follows in its footsteps in asking for contributions. Recurring payments are up by almost a quarter (23 per cent) on last year at the Guardian, which reached 821,000 recurring monthly supporters last month. … Continue reading “Liverpool Echo issues contributions plea as Guardian voluntary payments grow by fifth”

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Sports journalists share fears Covid-19 cuts could be permanent as industry weakened

28 Apr

Among journalists, those covering sport have been some of the hardest hit by the coronavirus as matches and tournaments have been cancelled under measures to slow the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19). The Olympic Games and the Wimbledon tennis championship, due to take place in summer, have both been suspended. Ten Formula 1 races have been … Continue reading “Sports journalists share fears Covid-19 cuts could be permanent as industry weakened”

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Irish Daily Star’s Eoin Brannigan named editor-in-chief of Belfast Telegraph and Sunday Life

24 Apr

Eoin Brannigan has been appointed as the new editor-in-chief of the Belfast Telegraph and Sunday Life. Brannigan, who has edited the Irish Daily Star since 2017 and worked at the paper for 23 years, said his new job is a “huge honour”. The Belfast Telegraph – known as the “Bel Tel” – turns 150 this … Continue reading “Irish Daily Star’s Eoin Brannigan named editor-in-chief of Belfast Telegraph and Sunday Life”

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Electoral Commission calls for law change to stop campaign material imitating local newspapers

23 Apr

The Electoral Commission has called for “new laws or standards of conduct” to stop political parties using “misleading” campaign techniques such as designing election leaflets to mimic local newspapers. Press Gazette called for an end to the practice during December’s general election after a number of egregious examples were shared by regional journalists around the … Continue reading “Electoral Commission calls for law change to stop campaign material imitating local newspapers”

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Jewish Chronicle under new ownership as consortium’s ‘very generous’ offer accepted

23 Apr

A consortium of business and media figures, led by former Number 10 chief spinner Sir Robbie Gibb, has been successful in its bid to buy the 180-year-old Jewish Chronicle. The sale was agreed last night after former owner the Kessler Foundation placed the newspaper into liquidation. The foundation’s original plan had been to buy the … Continue reading “Jewish Chronicle under new ownership as consortium’s ‘very generous’ offer accepted”

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Newsquest launches metered paywall across all daily newspaper websites

22 Apr

Newsquest has introduced a digital subscription model across all of its daily newspaper websites, putting up a paywall to readers, but will keep all coronavirus and breaking news stories free to read. After seeing “encouraging results” with metered paywalls on a small number of sites, including the Northern Echo and Herald, in recent years, the … Continue reading “Newsquest launches metered paywall across all daily newspaper websites”

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Donald Trump under pressure from 240 US politicians to help save local media with advertising

21 Apr

Donald Trump is coming under increased political pressure to step in to help embattled local media companies with federal government advertising. Some 240 US politicians – led by members of congress Debbie Dingell, Bill Flores, Marc Veasey and Fred Upton – have written to the US president urging him to direct more federal funds towards … Continue reading “Donald Trump under pressure from 240 US politicians to help save local media with advertising”

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Press Gazette survey reveals devastating impact three months of lockdown would have on news media industry

20 Apr

An survey of Press Gazette newsletter subscribers has found a third of industry professionals fear severe financial impact and even bankruptcy or insolvency from the coronavirus crisis if the current situation continues for three months. A further 34 per cent also expect to see negative financial impact during that time period, though less drastic. Just … Continue reading “Press Gazette survey reveals devastating impact three months of lockdown would have on news media industry”

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More than 2,000 newspaper jobs hit as hundreds of publications across UK face Covid-19 cuts

16 Apr

More than 2,000 staff across the UK’s national and regional press have temporarily lost their jobs as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, Press Gazette research has found. Across the country, news publishers have been furloughing staff, cutting wages and suspending print titles to cope with collapsing advertising and print sale revenues brought on by … Continue reading “More than 2,000 newspaper jobs hit as hundreds of publications across UK face Covid-19 cuts”

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Gender pay gap: Pay disparity increased at six in ten UK news media companies in 2019

16 Apr

Six out of ten UK news media companies saw their gender pay gaps increase in in 2019, according to the latest figures. The Government removed the requirement for companies to report their gender pay gaps for 2019 to help companies battling to stay afloat as the UK’s coronavirus  lockdown began on 24 March. But of … Continue reading “Gender pay gap: Pay disparity increased at six in ten UK news media companies in 2019”

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Managers praise Facebook-funded community reporters’ contribution to newsrooms

8 Apr

Nine in ten community news reporters hired by local newspapers and funded by Facebook in the past year feel they have brought something new to their newsroom. The figure is even higher among their line managers, 96 per cent of whom think the recruits are producing fresh stories for their publications. There are currently 77 … Continue reading “Managers praise Facebook-funded community reporters’ contribution to newsrooms”

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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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Mirror publisher Reach furloughs one in five employees to mitigate Covid-19 impact

6 Apr

Mirror, Express and Star publisher Reach will furlough a fifth of its staff to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on its business, it has announced. Furloughed staff will be paid 90 per cent of their basic salary, a proportion of which is covered by the Government’s coronavirus job retention scheme. Those not put on furlough … Continue reading “Mirror publisher Reach furloughs one in five employees to mitigate Covid-19 impact”

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Archant furloughs ‘small number’ of staff as local publishers hit by pandemic

3 Apr

Archant is putting a “small number” of staff on furlough, following in the footsteps of rival publishers Newsquest and JPI Media, in a bid to cut costs during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The local news publisher said in an email to staff this week that furloughed staff would be those whose work had “disappeared” or … Continue reading “Archant furloughs ‘small number’ of staff as local publishers hit by pandemic”

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JPI Media puts 350 staff on furlough to ‘control costs’ during pandemic

1 Apr

JPI Media, owner of the Yorkshire Post and Scotsman titles, is putting 350 employees on furlough and cutting the salaries of those who continue working by up to 15 per cent. Employees of the regional publisher were told this morning of plans to safeguard jobs by reducing staff costs as the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic continues. … Continue reading “JPI Media puts 350 staff on furlough to ‘control costs’ during pandemic”

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US publishers face collapse ‘within weeks’ as Covid-19 adds to ‘duopoly’ woes

1 Apr

US news publishers are demanding help from the president and tech companies as many fear being wiped out “within weeks” by the effects of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. While many American news websites are reporting record online readership, advertising revenues are said to have fallen by as much as 50 per cent since Covid-19 shut … Continue reading “US publishers face collapse ‘within weeks’ as Covid-19 adds to ‘duopoly’ woes”

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Education Secretary says local papers playing ‘vital’ role in outbreak and home deliveries should continue

30 Mar

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has said local newspapers are “absolutely vital” in reporting key messages to help save lives during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. He also called for clarity and guidance to be issued “to make sure it is understood that newspaper deliveries can – and should – still take place”. The Tory MP said: … Continue reading “Education Secretary says local papers playing ‘vital’ role in outbreak and home deliveries should continue”

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Archant to ask readers to contribute towards cost of local journalism

30 Mar

Archant is preparing to ask its readers for donations to sustain its local titles, in a model similar to that used by the Guardian. The regional publisher has told staff the new model is “something we need to do to stay in the game” in the event its print titles stop being profitable. Chief content … Continue reading “Archant to ask readers to contribute towards cost of local journalism”

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Coronavirus crisis could force closure of ‘most’ hyperlocal news publishers within weeks

27 Mar

Three-quarters of independent news providers in the UK fear they are at risk of temporary or permanent closure because of the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, a survey has shown. Fifty-three publishers responded this week to the survey co-ordinated by the Public Interest News Foundation with the Independent Community News Network, Bureau Local and regulator Impress. Ninety-four … Continue reading “Coronavirus crisis could force closure of ‘most’ hyperlocal news publishers within weeks”

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JPI Media suspends local print titles as advertising plummets during pandemic

25 Mar

JPI Media has suspended 12 local print titles amid a “substantial reduction” in advertising and concerns over home deliveries under extreme measures imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The titles will all stop printing from Monday, 30 March. Areas affected include Bedfordshire, Sussex and the North East. Websites covering the regions, such as … Continue reading “JPI Media suspends local print titles as advertising plummets during pandemic”

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Newsquest puts staff on furlough and cuts wages to ‘minimise job losses’ during pandemic

24 Mar

Newsquest is placing a “significant number” of its staff on furlough while all those who remain will face a wage cut in action to “minimise wider job losses” during the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. Staff placed on furlough will continue to receive 80 per cent of their basic salary. Newsquest will go further than the Government … Continue reading “Newsquest puts staff on furlough and cuts wages to ‘minimise job losses’ during pandemic”

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