In a week that’s highlighted the dangers of inexperienced hacks being left to layout their own pages, chapeau to m’former SFX colleague (and no mean sub herself) Jayne Nelson for this spot. Continue reading “When subheads go spectacularly wrong: Pt 34”
The only time I’ve had something approaching deja vu in my life came at the cinema. It was 2006 and I was watching a press screening of the Stephen Frears film, The Queen. Continue reading “Covering the death of Princess Diana”
In a couple of weeks time, the Pilot Light festival is holding a retrospective in Manchester of the peerless, highly controversial spoof documentary series Brass Eye. Continue reading “How did the Evening Times fall for an obvious spoof?”
So what does the future hold for the birthday boy Scotsman? Continue reading “How do you solve a problem like The Scotsman?”
It’s that time of year, when Scotland’s hacks pour over the shortlist for the Press Awards to see if they’ve made the cut this time round. Continue reading “Winners and losers in 2017 Scottish Press Award nominations”
It has been fascinating reading over the last couple of days that the new US President, Donald Trump, is likely to spend much of his state visit to the UK in Scotland.
Not least because, for all the Donald continues to give the media of his own nation a hard time, he’s on record as throwing his support behind the press of his (literal) motherland. Continue reading “Scotland’s newspapers slow to play their Trump card”
It was snowing 18 years ago. I’d walked down Ashvale Lane in Aberdeen to the Spar at the bottom of the street, then back up again. At that time of the morning, in a bitterly cold, wintery Sunday morning, there was pretty much nobody else about.
Much of the next hour or so was spent on the phone to my old colleague and podcasting partner Craig McGill, dissecting pretty much page by page the first edition of the Sunday Herald, and whether it was worth the trudge through the snow. Continue reading “Sunday Herald comes of age”
What is the lowest circulation point an indigenous Scottish national newspaper can fall to before it becomes economically unsustainable to keep printing? The answer may soon be revealed after the latest round of ABCs revealed troubling numbers for Scotland’s big super-regionals. Continue reading “Scottish newspaper ABCs: Just how low can they go?”
Okay. Take a look at the two screengrabs below. Two stories, about virtually identical topics, told a month apart. Continue reading “Spot the difference in Daily Record story treatments”