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

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.
By Richard Meade 20 December 16:00
Today Lloyd's List publishes its last print edition after 279 years as a newspaper. No journalists are losing their jobs as a result of the move to digital-only publication. Here editor Richard Meade looks at his title's transition from a being a printed notice on coffee-shop walls to a digital-only publication read on computers and smartphones around the world
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By Martin Kay 16 December 11:44
More or less as the last ‘Games Maker’ handed back their security pass after the London 2012 Olympics, we started planning for Brazil. In September 2012, we opened our own dedicated bureau in Rio so we could combine remote planning from London with working locally to start covering stories on preparations, controversies and colour pieces like the Dutch team visiting the favelas.
By Peter Cordwell 02 December 11:11

Newspapers published by councils have been accused of providing unfair competition for independent local newspapers and giving readers propoganda instead of news.

By Brian Cathcart 18 November 17:40
Every ethical journalist must surely accept the principle that if the press is tough on wrongdoing in other walks of life – banks, energy companies, the police, social workers – then it must be at least equally tough on wrongdoing in its own ranks.
By Mick Hume 07 November 13:42
The judge told the jury in the trial of two former News of the World editors for alleged phone-hacking that “The defendants are on trial but British justice is also on trial”.
By Tim Crook 30 October 10:22
British journalism has been battered by an unrelenting power grab on the part of the country’s political classes. The move to foist an “all-party agreed” infrastructure of regulation by Royal Charter underpinned by punitive statutory sanction is part of a pattern of attack.
By Chris Hutchings 25 October 17:53
The date of 30 October could - subject to the judicial review which has been launched by sections of the newspaper industry - see the rubber-stamping by the Privy Council of the Government’s Royal Charter, published earlier this month, to establish a new system in the UK for press regulation.
By Ian Murray 15 October 11:31
I’ve come to the conclusion they just don’t get it. Wanting always to err on the side of believing – hoping – politicians genuinely have the best interest of us all at heart, even the press, I can see how they could come to believe the Royal Charter they have created to oversee press regulation is not statutory interference in a free press at all.
By Ken Jones 14 October 11:40
Today, with people in affluent countries expecting to live well into their eighties, life expectancy is increasing by more than five hours every day. This is a remarkable achievement and should be a cause for celebration. Yet, increased longevity also poses a huge and urgent challenge.
By Suzanne Franks 09 October 16:00
In 1984, television news characterised the famine in Ethiopia as a sudden and urgent catastrophe.
By Alastair Brett 03 October 16:42

With the Privy Council due to meet next week and consider rival press regulation Royal Charters, former Times Newspapers legal chief Alastair Brett believes now is the time for the newspaper industry to set aside its fears about creating a lib