Press Gazette magazine: February issue preview

In February’s issue of Press Gazette:

Guardian News and Media editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger gives us an exclusive tour of his news organisation’s new home in King’s Cross.

“We moved 730 journalists – we lost one, Roger.”

Full interview in the magazine.

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What’s happening to our news?

It’s the question we ask every day at Press Gazette – but it is also the title of a fascinating new state-of-the-nation report published by the Reuters Institute of the Study of journalism.

We have an extended extract – in which Dr Andrew Currah warns that the industry’s headlong rush into digital multimedia threatens to “hollow out the craft of journalism”.

As the double-headed monster of recession and structural change claims hundreds of jobs in the regional press – we find three independent publishers who have different plans for the future of journalism than the cost cutting currently being carried out by all of the big four regional press giants.

The Southwark News has doubled its circulation in seven years, the MD’s secret? “Every time we have grown our revenue, we’ve improved the product.”

In magazines, we revisit some of the big launches from 2008 and find out what they have done to weather the economic storm.
In law – Press Association legal expert Mike Dodd explains how journalists can make the most out of the Government’s decision to open up family courts to the press.

In Media Money – Peter Kirwan asks why newspapers don’t work together to gain a slice of the huge commercial pie that would come from creating their own specialist search engine.

Peter Sands has more essential training tips for editors: “Set a vision, communicate it to the staff and then give them the skills and the motivation to take the publication there.”

“Ding dong! The witch is dead.” Grey Cardigan reports on the dawn of a new era at the Evening Beast as its hated editor is finally “handed the poison apple”.

David Banks on national newspapers: “The gradual demise of newspaperrs must not mean that journalism itself is mugged to death by the louts and ignoramuses of the blogosphere.”

Popbitch’s Camilla Wright reports on the new found fame of social networking tool Twitter.

The FT’s Saturday editor Andy Davis reveals how a relaunch of the Weekend edition has helped it gain younger readers.

And we have a special tribute to Fleet Street legend the late Bob Warren – revealing how he once helped Rupert Murdoch win control of the News of the World.

This is just a snapshot of the February print edition of Press Gazette.

To read the whole thing you have to subscribe (none of the magazine articles appear on www.pressgazette.co.uk).

Since going monthly Press Gazette is no longer available on the newsstand – so to get hold of a copy you need to call 01858 438872 and quote WDO1 to order 12 issues for £115. Or click here to subscribe online.

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