The credit crunch-defying November issue of Press Gazette

Do you want know to know how to go from P45 to millionaire media business CEO in a few easy steps? Then  read the November issue of Press Gazette magazine.


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 15 issues for £115. Or click here to subscribe online.


Here are some highlights from November’s packed credit crunch-defying issue:


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We meet PaidContent publisher Rafat Ali and find out why a computer, a phone line and a good idea are all a journalist now needs to become head of their own publishing business. He was an unemployed tech journalist living in a shared flat in Leytonstone when he started PaidContent six years ago – earlier this year he sold it to Guardian News and Media for a sum reported to be north of £15 million.


We talk to the regional press journalists who have laughed in the face of redundancy and launched their own thriving news businesses.


We find out why the depths of a recession isn’t necessarily the worst time to launch a magazine – as Wanderlust editor Lyn Hughes found in the early nineties.


And for those still unconvinced about the prospects for journalism in the UK – we publish a guide to working in a part of the world where the job prospects for UK journalists have never been better, the Middle East. (Provided, that is, you don’t have sex on the beach or slag off any local royals).


Hostile environments:


Chief foreign correspondent for the Sunday Telegraph Colin Freeman explains how he prepared for entering his first warzone by undertaking hostile environment training in Streatham.


John Pilger writes about his greatest scoops.


Manchester Evening News head of online Sarah Hartley gives some practical advice on how to tailor your writing style for online.


In gadgets – we test out the best telephone recording devices, including the ideal solution to recording your mobile phone calls.




Peter Kirwan pays tribute to the journalism heroes of the credit crunch:

The financial crisis exposed the absurdity of the techno-utopian idea that an army of bloggers can replace skilled journalists operating at the top of their game.

ITV economics editor Daisy McAndrew gives her inside take on reporting the financial meltdown:

Robert Peston seems to be the only business reporter not beginning to resemble the living dead. I can only imagine it’s because he gets to stay in a nice warm studio while the rest of us shiver in Canary Wharf, on Waterloo Bridge or anywhere else malicious news editors choose to send us.

Popbitch’s Camilla Wright provides her three top-tips for online publishers on how to survive the downturn.


And Grey Cardigan reveals how the Evening Beast is adapting to a multi-tasking multimedia future.


All this great content is only available to subscribers.


Live breaking news, features and blog posts are free-to-air on – but for the in-depth stuff, you’ve got to take out a subscription I’m afraid. If it helps you emulate the success of Rafat Ali – it will be money well spent.

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