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Every month, brands within the company I work for, Trinity Mirror, publishes the number of followers they have on Facebook and Twitter, along with unique browser data. Every month, the data is picked up by the trade press, including sites such as Hold the…
Every month, brands within the company I work for, Trinity Mirror, publishes the number of followers they have on Facebook and Twitter, along with unique browser data. Every month, the data is pick…
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When Jeremy Vine dances across his election map at some point on Friday, and declares it’s been a good night for the Tories, or a bad day for Labour, what he’s actually saying is ‘Local democracy is failing.’ Because local politics should be about local…
When Jeremy Vine dances across his election map at some point on Friday, and declares it’s been a good night for the Tories, or a bad day for Labour, what he’s actually saying is ‘…
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The page view has had a bad time of it of late. For a while, there’s been a backlash against using it as a metric for success in newsrooms, with a focus on page views seemingly destined to be forever linked with click bait by some. The digital community…
The page view has had a bad time of it of late. For a while, there’s been a backlash against using it as a metric for success in newsrooms, with a focus on page views seemingly destined to be…
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Welcome to the return of FOI – a weekly look at FOI stories which are worth sharing (and in many cases, copying). As an added incentive to read on, this blog will also celebrate/shame those councils who prove that actions speak louder than words when it…
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This weekend, the Yorkshire Post did what all regional newspapers strive to do on big issues: Make a noise in the corridors of power in Westminster. It did so by making public its refusal to publish what it described as a ‘love letter’ to the people of…
This weekend, the Yorkshire Post did what all regional newspapers strive to do on big issues: Make a noise in the corridors of power in Westminster. It did so by making public its refusal to publis…
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If anything sums up just how much social media has changed the media world, it’s this quote, from the editor of a new national newspaper, which was shared by the Radio 4 Today programme on Twitter: It’s a great quote from Alison Phillips, the editor of…
If anything sums up just how much social media has changed the media world, it's this quote, from the editor of a new national newspaper, which was shared by the Radio 4 Today programme on Twitter:...
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… and this is nothing like a personal email from Labour… Although the subject line on the email does stand out in your inbox: Still, I might wait until they get my name right before I give them £20. Heaven only knows what they might spend it on by mistake.
… and this is nothing like a personal email from Labour… Although the subject line on the email does stand out in your inbox: Still, I might wait until they get my name right before I g…
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Back again, a little later than planned, the latest look at how FOI is being used by the regional press to hold the great and sometimes good to account…
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For Government, it’s all about devolution at the moment. Even if you put to one side George Osborne’s obsessive Northern Powerhouse proposal, the idea of devolution runs through almost every government department. The problem, however, is that it appears…
For Government, it’s all about devolution at the moment. Even if you put to one side George Osborne’s obsessive Northern Powerhouse proposal, the idea of devolution runs through almost …
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10 years ago, Twitter was born. A decade on and there’s a lot of talk about where Twitter ‘goes next.’ This isn’t one of those pieces, although if you do want that, this article from Mashable raises some good points. Instead I want to focus on…
10 years ago, Twitter was born. A decade on and there’s a lot of talk about where Twitter ‘goes next.’ This isn’t one of those pieces, although if you do want that, this art…
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How do you define success as a local journalist these days? Number of front pages? Number of page views online? A sense of job well done at the end of the week? All of the above make sense in the here-and-now, an instant sign of job well done. But to find…
How do you define success as a local journalist these days? Number of front pages? Number of page views online? A sense of job well done at the end of the week? All of the above make sense in the h…
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Many tens of thousands of words have been written about the pending transformation of the Independent into a digital-only product, and the sale of its little brother, the i, to Johnston Press. Columns and posts by smarter people than me have attempted to…
Many tens of thousands of words have been written about the pending transformation of the Independent into a digital-only product, and the sale of its little brother, the i, to Johnston Press. Colu...
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