With police forces using anti-terror laws to find journalistic sources, tens of journalists facing trial and PRs seemingly trying harder than ever to control the news agenda, 2014 was one of the biggest years in Press Gazette's 50-year history.
He took up the position in May this year after editing the Citizen in Gloucester for ten years. He was later editor-in-chief of Gloucestershire Media and content director of Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Dorset.
A judge decided that the media could identify a family involved in a tug-of-love row after concluding that full reporting might help prevent other estranged parents from attempting to abduct their own children.
When Press Gazette first highlighted the fact the Met Police accessed the phone records of The Sun in order to find and punish three internal leakers the reaction was pretty much universal condemnation.
Released earlier this month by the Home Office, the draft has been widely criticised for saying that police should continue to be allowed to access journalists’ phone records without any outside approval.
The Metropolitan Police is facing further allegations of improper seizure of journalistic material.
The force has been accused of illegally obtaining communications material, possibly under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, from a Sky News journalist.
According to The Times, the lawyer of a former SAS officer has accused the force of "unauthorised disclosure of the intercept...