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A gem for journalists from the British Newspaper Archive

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Newspaper archives are a joyous thing, offering a window into the way we saw the world in the past. The stories, the way they’re written and the adverts published all make it easy to disappear down a rabbit hole when you’re rifling through the past pages of a paper. In local newspapers, you often find yourself tasked with unearthing a few gems from yesteryear for an archive page. These features …

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The journalism clichés I can’t stand

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All journalists are guilty of slipping into cliché mode. Consciously or sub-consciously we reach for well-worn words and phrases in a quest to succinctly sum up the point of the story and to place an emphasis on the bits of our copy that we’re trying to flag up as important. I was probably as guilty as anyone of using some of these clichés – sometimes referred to as journalese – …

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Some things editors hate, by an ex-editor

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One of the aims of this website is to write about life as a local newspaper journalist, offering my two penneth on a job that’s often funny, occasionally weird, sometimes frustrating but always memorable. One thing I can’t tell you about, however, is what goes through the mind of an editor. I worked for five different ones in my time. All had their quirks and bugbears but I really did …

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Press didn’t show the newsroom I knew and loved

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I didn’t necessarily expect to recognise everything in the newsroom of BBC One drama Press. After all, this was supposed to be the storied realm of the nationals, not the rough-round-the-edges regionals where I plied my trade. Still, I couldn’t help but feel that too much of the essence of a real newsroom hadn’t been captured by Mike Bartlett’s series opener. For starters, there was nowhere near enough swearing. Maybe that …