Comment and insight on journalism issues from Press Gazette's guest writers

By Joanna Turvill 24 July 8:40
Exeter College sixth form student Joanna Turvill was among attending News UK’s Academy open day in London last month. Here, she gives her take on the day and picks out some of the best quotes and advice from speakers at the event.
By Barbara Kevles 18 July 12:29
One night, while scanning my name on Google, I discovered a hyperlink to a free download of my writing book, Basic Magazine Writing (Writer’s Digest Books). I own the book’s copyright. I hadn’t sold the e-rights. The discovery triggered jolts of bone-tingling fear, helplessness, and rage at the theft of my book.
By Bethany Usher 04 July 11:22
In mitigation before today’s sentencing, Andy Coulson, former chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck (pictured above) and their colleagues James Weatherup and Greg Miskiw all publicly admitted involvement in phone-hacking for the first time. They said they did it simply because they thought it was allowed.
By Anonymous 03 July 9:12
Are there too many people aged 65 and over who occupy senior jobs in journalism? I think the answer to that question is 'yes', and as a 30-something reporter trying to make some headway in the business I want to explain why.
By Jill Parkin 01 July 12:48
We knew the bulldozers were in, of course, but it was still a shock to us, my father and me, when we drove past the other day. “My bit’s still there, but yours has gone,” he remarked.
By Steve Dyson 26 June 10:23
When I first bumped into Chris Bullivant and he told me of his concerns about Trinity Mirror’s alleged predatory pricing, I was in two minds about whether I should get involved.
By Andrea Teti and Sarah Hynek of the University of Aberdeen 24 June 9:02
Three Al Jazeera English journalists have been convicted in the Cairo Criminal Court of spreading false news, threatening national security and aiding the Muslim Brotherhood – previously Egypt’s first democratically elected government now deemed a terrorist organisation.
By Richard Caseby 19 May 12:58
Whatever else, most people would agree that welfare reform is complex and challenging.
By Bethany Usher 02 May 12:24
Mail Online managed a 690 per cent increase in audience in the first five years since its relaunch – from 18.7m visitors a month in May 2008 to 128m in May 2013.
By Rob McGibbon 30 April 11:29
It was good to see Roy Greenslade being a touch magnanimous about Max Clifford in his Guardian blog. I have been surprised to see certain others chasing the blue light to the radio and TV studios to put the boot in to one they once so openly loved.
By Lauren Pennycook 29 April 12:47
The traditional business model for local news is increasingly unviable. Research conducted by the Press Gazette which found that more than 240 local newspapers closed between 2005 and the end of 2011 is testament to this.
By Jason Seiken 11 April 6:50
Jason Seiken delivered his first major speech since taking over as Telegraph editor in chief at the Shift conference organised by Newsworks on Thursday, 10 April 2014. Here it is in full (as written).
By Sinead Boucher 10 April 11:55
Fairfax Media New Zealand’s group executive editor Sinead Boucher contacted Press Gazette this week to say she was keen to find talented British journalists willing to relocate down under. We asked her to explain more about why she thinks the prospects are so good for journalists in her part of the world
By Andrew Drummond 01 April 16:26
My name is Andrew Drummond and I think I may be the most sued journalist in living history. In all over the last 12 months I have either won outright or had dismissed 11 out of 12 libel cases brought against me. I have another eight to go.
By Jack Lundin 01 April 12:22
A privately-circulated new book published by Save the Children for its chairman Sir Alan Parker features a selection of the charity’s more remarkable and unsung episodes over its 95-year-history. One chapter features Fleet Street gossip columnist Jack Lundin quitting his job to go to the Biafran civil war, where he defies orders and establishes a chain of nutritional centres along an isolated warfront.
By Suzanne Franks 04 March 11:26
The anger caused by the scale of a succession of senior level pay-offs has become a running sore inside the BBC, says Suzanne Franks
By Torin Douglas 20 February 9:33
Former BBC media correspondent Torin Douglas explains what it was like to report on one of the worst crises in the history of the BBC from the inside.
By Nicola Hughes 11 February 15:32
So what is a data journalist? Using Tim Berners-Lee’s definition, a data journalist is someone who pours over data, equipped with tools to analyse it and pick out what is interesting. Let’s break this definition down so we can understand just how complex it can be.
By Nic Hodges 08 January 11:52
Paywalls were meant to be the saviour of journalism. Finally all the time and effort that went into investigating and reporting the news would be fully rewarded.
By Rob McGibbon 02 January 10:57
Early on New Year's Day, I fired off a short Tweet linking to a new blog containing just 81 words and began some kind of resolution to a maddening 13-year writing quest. Such is the modern way.

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