Highlights from the September edition of Press Gazette:
We interview Oldie editor, and Private Eye chairman, Richard Ingrams. He doesn’t use a computer or mobile phone, thinks readers should be ignored at all costs and doesn’t appear to forward plan beyond the current edition. Circulation is booming.
The Guardian’s Nick Davies reveals how he brokered the deal with Wikileaks which saw the whistleblowing website reveal thousands of secret documents relating to the war in Afghanistan to The Guardian, New York Times and Der Spiegel
We name the top-50 travel journalists.
Brendan O’Neill seeks to kill off a pervasive media myth on its tenth birthday – the tale of the paediatrician ‘attacked’ after being confused with a paedophile.
We investigate Coalition plans to replace regional broadcast news on ITV with “city TV” and find out that the scheme – due to be in place by 2014 – looks doomed to failure without significant public subsidy.
Columnist Lori Miles blows the lid on the freebie culture in the magazine industry:
“It’s all payola where dirty brown envelopes are replaced by gift bags, tied up with lashings of ribbon. The PRs know it is their currency, and in an act of mutual self-loathing they despise the fawning, gimme-gimme journalists looking for a freebie.”
Peter Kirwan casts investigates the mystery of Newsquest’s missing pension millions:
“So far, Newsquest has utterly failed to make a convincing case for shutting down its final-salary pension scheme….What Newsquest has so far shown its employees is arrogance.”
David Banks believes he may have found life-raft for the under pressure Daily Mirror.
Peter Sands has some ideas for editors on how to inspire and motivate jaded journalists when pay-rises and promotions are not an option.
Headhunter Martin Tripp reveals how journalists can land the perfect job after returning to work from their summer break.
In ‘The Gear’ we weigh up whether the Iphone4 or the latest Android system handsets offer the best smartphone option for journalists.
And we ask five of the UK’s leading bloggers two questions: how much traffic do they get and do they make any money?
“Yes, it does earn money, and it took four years to do so. With around three million page impressions a month it now supports staff. The revenue mix is from advertising and acting as a story broker for the tabloids.”
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