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

By Gareth Davies 06 May 15:20
From TV drama Babylon: “The Metwork - our own news division. We keep our content, we turn it into news and we put it out there ourselves. We shut out the press and go directly to the public.”
By Cameron Doley 21 April 16:32
Last year has been identified as the second worst on record regarding the imprisonment of journalists worldwide. With no fewer than 221 journalists put behind bars last year, an understanding of their legal rights and protections is more important than ever.
By Matthew Gilley 16 April 14:15
Much-copied website Buzzfeed may well be the future of journalism (or at least one future).
By Cormac Smith 14 April 12:22
Last week Press Gazette’s William Turvill wrote about local councils employing at least 3,400 communications staff – more than double the total for central government.
By Paul Martin 09 April 17:49
The death of a longtime international leader, Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew (the country's prime minister from 1959 to 1990) prompted foreign correspondent and film-maker Paul Martin, to reflect on journalistic encounters with world leaders which did not always go to plan
By Simon Spanswick and Neal Romanek 09 April 17:19
Broadcasters and news outlets are beginning to awaken to an unpleasant fact – that what we are witnessing is not just a case of a unlucky reporters caught in the crossfire, but an attack on the press on an unprecedented scale – a global war on journalism.
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.

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