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Why football writers shouldn't fear being banned by football clubs

One of my favourite new phrases is ‘in-house journalist.’ As in: “We’re Swindon Town, we have an in-house journalist so we don’t need to talk to the local paper anymore.” I like it because it is such an outrageous nonsense. If being a journalist really is…
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Freedom of Information faces its biggest threat yet - here's why

It shouldn’t be a surprise that a Government is planning to deliver what could be a devastating blow to the Freedom of Information Act. It probably should be a surprise, however, that it has taken so long. This lunchtime, the Government, still in the…
It shouldn't be a surprise that a Government is planning to deliver what could be a devastating blow to the Freedom of Information Act. It probably should be a surprise, however, that it has taken ...
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A whole bunch of articles have been written in recent weeks about the plan the company I work for, Trinity Mirror, has to introduce individual audience goals for reporters at the Birmingham Mail. It’s been a project I’ve been heavily involved in and one,…
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FOI Friday: Prisoner complaints, police redundancies, thefts from bars, dangerous dogs and 'kebab crimes'

‘Kebab crimes’ in Scarborough < Scarborough News There’s a saying that a pint and a fight are the ingredients to a great British night out, but an investigation has unearthed the shocking crimes committed in Scarborough’s pizza shops and curry houses by…
'Kebab crimes' in Scarborough < Scarborough News There’s a saying that a pint and a fight are the ingredients to a great British night out, but an investigation has unearthed the shocking crimes...
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It's all about mobile ... but that's much easier said than done for journalism

Journalism faces many challenges (that’s a cheery way to start a post isn’t it?) Many are beyond the control of journalists, but one of the biggest, however, isn’t. The challenge I’m talking about is making sure that the content (as opposed to *just*…
Journalism faces many challenges (that's a cheery way to start a post isn't it?) Many are beyond the control of journalists, but one of the biggest, however, isn't. The challenge I'm talking about ...
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How to handle a mistake after it has gone viral

Few journalists like it when they see they’ve made a mistake in public. Mistakes, obviously, vary in significance – from a typo which might get people grumbling in the pub through to the sort of errors which land the editor-in-chief in court. Focusing on…
Few journalists like it when they see they've made a mistake in public. Mistakes, obviously, vary in significance - from a typo which might get people grumbling in the pub through to the sort of er...
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A lot has been written about the importance of audience metrics in newsrooms recently, and the predicted impact of assigning goals every month to individual journalists, something we’re about to start doing in one of the newsrooms I work with in…
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Perhaps the most startling UGC photos to ever be submitted to a newspaper?

Stories involving people complaining about the state of public toilets have long been bread-and-butter content for newsrooms up and down the country. But here’s a case of the cleaners striking back. Faced with moans about the state of toilets in Alnwick,…
Stories involving people complaining about the state of public toilets have long been bread-and-butter content for newsrooms up and down the country. But here's a case of the cleaners striking back...
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Can one christening cake (and the absurd reaction to it) change the way we think about journalism?

Can a story about a christening cake encapsulate one of the biggest challenges digital journalism has delivered to the regional press? I think so, and here’s why. You probably saw the story about the woman who complained about a christening caked…
Can a story about a christening cake encapsulate one of the biggest challenges digital journalism has delivered to the regional press? I think so, and here’s why. You probably saw the story about t...
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When it comes to accountability, politicians are proving that actions speak louder than words

Politicians always talk fine words when it comes to accountability. They want to be accountable. They want a strong, free Press to hold them to account. They want to be accountable to their electorate. But be it nationally or locally, when it comes to…
Politicians always talk fine words when it comes to accountability. They want to be accountable. They want a strong, free Press to hold them to account. They want to be accountable to their elector...
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Why audience targets can be good for journalism

The issue of audience targets became a hot potato this week – and I can see why. But the reaction that seeking to write content which will be popular means we at the same time have to throw away our journalistic principles is one I think is wide of the…
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The aim of Try It Tuesday – if it can be as bold as an aim – is to share a tool a week which might be useful to journalists. It might be new, it might be old but forgotten, or it might be somewhere inbetween. It’ll be something I’ve found useful though…
The aim of Try It Tuesday – if it can be as bold as an aim – is to share a tool a week which might be useful to journalists. It might be new, it might be old but forgotten, or it might be somewhere...
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