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

By Paul Walters 01 April 17:26
South West News Service has won significant political support in its campaign to ensure the BBC commit to a quota system in a bid to reinvigorate and expand the quality and reach of local news coverage .
By Danny Buckland 31 March 12:53
Danny Buckland is a freelance journalist who has worked for the Daily Mail, Sun and Daily Mirror. He writes regularly about mental health issues and general health across national titles and websites and has become increasingly concerned about the use of ‘head clutcher’ images in print, on TV and on the web. He is part of a campaigning group that includes mental health charities, service users and other journalists who want to find a better way to illustrate stories about mental health. Here, he gives an update on the progress of the campaign:
By Dan Gregory 19 March 14:56
Since 2009, more than 100 local titles have closed. Many more have survived only by merging, which makes them more distant from their readers.
By Danny Buckland 11 February 14:07
Plucked from an image bank, they are the last resort when no other photographs are available or the people involved in the story decline to be pictured.
By Nigel Tait and Isabella Piasecka 11 February 8:57
The non-denial denial has long been famous as a cringingly bad attempt to avoid blame (or telling the truth), where over-qualification either weakens the denial, or kills it completely. “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky,” or “We have no plans [before the election] to introduce tuition fees.”
By Tim Crook 29 January 16:24
Britain’s rights to basic freedom of expression, which writers, journalists and free-speech activists fought for over centuries have been sacrificed and abandoned in the space of a few short disastrous years.
By Joanna Geary 27 January 9:47
Joanna Geary is head of UK news partnerships for Twitter and was formerly social and communities editor of Guardian News and Media. Here she shares her tips on how journalists can make the most of Twitter ahead of the 2015 general election
By Michelle Stanistreet 13 January 14:37
Visiting the site close to the Charlie Hebdo offices, along with assistant general secretary Séamus Dooley, it was impossible not to be instantly moved by the mounting tributes and memorials to the magazine’s journalists killed in cold blood days before.
By Mike Darcey 05 January 10:59
Picture the scene. It’s four thirty on a chaotic day of campaigning. The polls are tantalisingly close. Leadership is a core issue in the contest, and the legendary Times cartoonist, Peter Brookes is putting the finishing touches to his latest portrayal of the Prime Minister. His brush is back in the water beaker. His hand is clutching a hairdryer - his trademark tool for sealing the satire.
By Tim Crook 17 December 16:00
The case of Shrien Dewani is a bracing reminder that the media needs to keep a clear head when overwhelmed by the sensationalism of a dramatic murder case – particularly when the events take place in another country.
By David Nicholson 17 December 13:04
When www.forbes.com contacted me in late 2013 they were looking for European financial writers who would contribute 500 plus words to the website a few times a month for a modest fee (way below typical per word rates) plus a "per view" bonus.
By Bill Coles 15 December 11:35
For what it’s worth, this is how the phone-hacking scandal first started.
By Jules Mattsson 21 November 13:17
Finding out you’re on a secret police database is very unsettling.
By Colin Randall 19 November 8:16
To have one newspaper on the CV disappear may be accidental. To lose a second begins to seem like a trend. The Northern Echo, The Daily Telegraph and The National (Abu Dhabi) ought to look out before it becomes a problem.
By Steve Dyson 12 November 10:18
The multiple award-winning journalist Les Reid, who controversially left Trinity Mirror’s Coventry Telegraph last month, is now working for the competing Coventry Observer, owned by the independent Bullivant Media group.
By Sir Alan Moses 10 November 9:16
This is the speech of Sir Alan Moses, chair of the Independent Press Standards Organisation, for last night's Society of Editors Lecture. It has not been checked against delivery.
By Victoria Newton 06 November 9:37
The Archbishop of Canterbury attended the annual St Brides Service in London for journalists who have lost their lives covering the news on 5 November. Here is an abridged version of the speech given by Sun on Sunday editor Victoria Newton
By Mike Darcey 16 October 10:20
News UK chief executive Mike Darcey's speech to the Press Gazette News on the Move conference, hosted by News UK at The News Building
By Tim Crook 08 October 9:58
Police 'hacking' of journalists' phone records to identify their sources is a scandal and human rights issue that dwarfs the tabloid phone-hacking affair that led to the Leveson Inquiry.

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