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Paying for the news

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In life, you get what you pay for, right? So why don’t we apply that to the news? Whether you need to pay the publishing costs of a print product or not, paying for journalists and giving them the time, resources and support to find and write stories bears a cost. Yet we live in an age in which we expect the fruits of their labour to be handed over …

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Covering elections and why I still go back

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Elections were, for me anyway, always great fun to cover as a journalist. So much so that, despite hanging up my notepad, I still go back for more now. Last night I was once again ‘out for the count’ at the South Holland District Council elections. These days, I’m officially there to send through results for the Press Association but nights like this are a timely reminder about the joy …

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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 …