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Pet magazines by Alan Geere

There are an estimated 51 million pets in the UK; no wonder there’s a magazine to cater for all interests. Alan Geere heads down to pets corner to see who’s doing what.

Posted on: 24 July 2018


Craft magazines by Alan Geere

It is said ‘crafting’ is worth £5.4bn to the UK economy, so no wonder the newsagent’s shelf is groaning with titles. Alan Geere sees who’s making it happen in a crowded marketplace.

Posted on: 22 May 2018


Kickaround: a grown-up mag for kids by Alan Geere

Kickaround is a new football magazine aimed at kids. The publishers sent Alan Geere, not a kid, a copy to see what he thought. He liked it…

Posted on: 04 April 2018


Farming magazines by Alan Geere

The agricultural sector employs almost half a million people in the UK and spends lots of money on expensive kit. It’s no surprise therefore that there’s a host of magazines vying for farmers’ attention. Alan Geere shines his spotlight on six of them.

Posted on: 27 March 2018


Computing magazines by Alan Geere

In this tech-driven interconnected age, where you can switch the oven on half way home and ask a metal box for a weather forecast, it’s somehow touching that people like reading about all this stuff in a print magazine! Alan Geere browses six tech titles.

Posted on: 01 February 2018


Home magazines by Alan Geere

Whether we live in a castle or a studio flat, we all need a bit of inspiration to make the best of the place we call home. Alan Geere goes looking for design tips.

Posted on: 30 November 2017


Football magazines by Alan Geere

Football’s back! But what is there to cheer in this competitive publishing sector? Alan Geere takes his rattle and rosette onto the newsstand.

Posted on: 26 September 2017


Fishing magazines by Alan Geere

Angling may be touted as Britain’s most popular sport, but what is the lure of fishing magazines? Alan Geere casts for clues on the newsstand.

Posted on: 27 July 2017


Railway magazines by Alan Geere

Crowded services, HS2, labour disputes, even freight trains to China – the rail sector is hardly out of the news. Alan Geere gets down to the booking office to see which magazines are on the right track.

Posted on: 25 May 2017


Supermarket magazines by Alan Geere

They’ve now got their loyalty cards, their BOGOFs and their home shopping. But the big supermarkets haven’t forgotten their own magazines, and are increasingly to be found in digital media too. Alan Geere sees if there are any unexpected items in the bagging area.

Posted on: 28 March 2017


Newspaper magazines by Alan Geere

In a non-digital all-print foray into multi-media, no self-respecting modern newspaper can be seen without a magazine. Alan Geere checks the insertions on the weekend newsstand.

Posted on: 03 February 2017


Spotlight – In-flight magazines by Alan Geere

In-flight magazines may have a captive audience, but they still have to work hard for readers. Alan Geere looks in the seat-back pocket in front of him to see who is ready for take-off.

Posted on: 27 November 2016


Spotlight – Music magazines by Alan Geere

Don’t know your bluegrass from your elbow? Never fear, help is at hand in the vibrant rock music magazine sector. Alan Geere finds there’s lots of fun to be had reading about something rather than actually listening or watching.

Posted on: 03 October 2016


Spotlight – Pre-school magazines by Alan Geere

Comics have come a long way from a pocket money treat. Now there are toys, posters, stickers and even a magazine thrown in. Alan Geere peruses the bottom shelf of the newsagents for the pre-school magazines.

Posted on: 27 July 2016


Spotlight – Boating Magazines by Alan Geere

“There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boating magazines.” With apologies to Ratty, Alan Geere gets his feet wet in a buoyant publishing sector.

Posted on: 03 June 2016


Spotlight – Wedding Mags by Alan Geere

Dee-di-di-dee, Dee-di-di-dee. Yes, that is, of course, Here Comes the Bride heralding the march of wedding titles to a newsstand and mobile device near you. Alan Geere takes you down the aisle.

Posted on: 01 April 2016


Spotlight: The New Day by Alan Geere

Alan Geere, who was part of the launch team of Today, wobbly colour and all, that shook the newspaper market thirty years ago, casts his eye over the latest national newspaper launch.

Posted on: 29 February 2016


Spotlight – Holiday & Travel Mags by Alan Geere

Need to get out more? Want to be taken to places you can only dream of? Look no further than the travel section of the newsstand. Alan Geere sets the doors to manual.

Posted on: 03 February 2016


Spotlight - News & Current Affairs Mags by Alan Geere

Instant news is everywhere - on TV, radio, phone, tablet and even a bus shelter near you. So who needs a news and current affairs magazine anymore? Alan Geere gets the intelligence on a sector that is showing consistent sales increases and multimedia innovation.

Posted on: 26 November 2015


Is the Trinity Mirror takeover of Local World a good thing? No! by Alan Geere

Alan Geere thinks that the recent takeover of Local World, by Trinity Mirror, is NOT a good thing...

Posted on: 26 November 2015


Spotlight - Motoring Mags by Alan Geere

Haven't got £250,000 to splash out on the latest Aston Martin Vantage? Never fear, for less than a fiver, you can get the lowdown from any one of these motoring magazines. And lots about cars you can afford too. Alan Geere has been peering under the bonnet in this competitive magazine sector.

Posted on: 24 September 2015


Spotlight – Gardening Mags by Alan Geere

Now it's not enough to know your onions - you have to read about them too. So, who's coming up smelling of roses in the gardening magazine sector and who's in need of some care and attention? Alan Geere has been down to the potting shed to find out.

Posted on: 15 July 2015


Spotlight – Photography Mags by Alan Geere

Photography is a growing market – cameras, lenses, gadgets, gizmos and digital software – and magazines covering the sector are big business too. Alan Geere looks through the viewfinder at the five top-selling titles.

Posted on: 28 May 2015


Spotlight – Food Mags by Alan Geere

Don’t know your saltimbocca from your bourguignon? And is your Eton Mess just a muddle? Never fear, there is a food magazine on a newsstand near you with all the answers. Alan Geere looks for the recipe for publishing success.

Posted on: 25 March 2015


Spotlight – Celebrity Mags by Alan Geere

Can’t get enough of Kim and Kanye or I’m a Celebrity and X Factor? Or do you prefer your celebrities a bit more old school like royalty and actors who have actually done something? Whether it’s Kerry or Geri, Mel S or Mel B, Kate or Katie, there’s a celebrity gossip magazine just for you. Alan Geere joins the red carpet at the newsagents.

Posted on: 27 January 2015


Fashion, Art, Travel, Style… It's All About Love by Alan Geere

It weighs in at two kilogrammes, has 510 pages and costs more than £5 to put in the post. But Love magazine is just one of a number of high end publications that attract readers with a heady mix of fashion, art, travel and up-to-the minute style and target exclusive advertisers with premium positioning and quality paper and printing. So what's the lure behind the allure? Alan Geere heads to the reinforced shelf at the newsagents to find out.

Posted on: 25 November 2014


Thriving in the Community by Alan Geere

Traditional local media is in turmoil. Latest estimates show more than 100 newspapers have closed in the last five years and others switched from daily to weekly publication. But community magazines - some still close to their kitchen table roots and others now run by the big publishing conglomerates - are thriving. Alan Geere went to find out why…

Posted on: 14 July 2014


Energise the newsroom by Alan Geere

If content really is king, then getting the best out of the people who produce it is critically important. Alan Geere has seen the inside of many newsrooms in a long career; here are his thirteen tips for lifting the performance of your team of journalists.

Posted on: 25 January 2014


Got the buzz? by Alan Geere

The Sun has unveiled its latest weapon in the battle for the lucrative weekend ‘all new’ 7-day TV listings magazine called buzz. But is this the way to readers’ hearts? Or is it just the latest wheeze from the marketing magicians as publishers attempt to engage with the elusive younger market? Alan Geere investigates.

Posted on: 22 November 2010


They said it… by Alan Geere

The Society of Editors held its annual conference this week, in Glasgow. Amongst the delegates, on the lookout for words of wisdom, was Alan Geere.

Posted on: 19 November 2010


Review of i by Alan Geere

Tuesday saw the launch of i, a new daily newspaper from the Independent. Alan Geere gives us his first impressions.

Posted on: 29 October 2010


Disgusted, Port-of-Spain by Alan Geere

The letters page was so simple. Correspondence from the loonies, illiterates and time-wasters would be put in the bin, while the good stuff was made ready for the next day’s paper. But, says former Trinidad Express editor Alan Geere, the online invitation to ‘add your comments’ opened the floodgates to a sea of user-generated-content, not all of it very good.

Posted on: 20 July 2010


Supplements by Alan Geere

An inescapable part of the weekend papers – just ask any paperboy – supplements come in many shapes and sizes, are of varying quality and cater for a range of interests. Alan Geere casts his eye over the current crop.

Posted on: 24 January 2010


View from the hot seat by Alan Geere

There are few more exposed places to be in newspaper publishing than in the editor’s chair. For a start, in an age of declining sales, how do you measure a job well done? Alan Geere talks to four leading editors about how they see their role.

Posted on: 01 September 2009


In Glorious Technicolour by Alan Geere

It’s strange to think that colour in newspapers is still a relatively recent development. Indeed, even now, not all newspapers have full run colour. Alan Geere, who was at the sharp end when it all started, takes a look at how the nationals are coping in these colourful times.

Posted on: 01 March 2009


Redesign time? by Alan Geere

Redesigns need a clear purpose. Otherwise it’s best not to bother. Satisfying a clearly defined reader need is the best reason for a change; a desperate last roll of the dice is probably the worst! Alan Geere casts his eye over some recent makeovers.

Posted on: 01 September 2008


Alan Geere on the nationals - 6 by Alan Geere

Each issue, Alan Geere casts an eye over the performance of the national press.

Posted on: 01 September 2006


Alan Geere on the nationals - 5 by Alan Geere

Each issue, Alan Geere casts an eye over the performance of the national press.

Posted on: 01 July 2006


Alan Geere on the nationals - 4 by Alan Geere

Each issue, Alan Geere casts an eye over the performance of the national press.

Posted on: 01 May 2006


Alan Geere on the nationals - 3 by Alan Geere

Each issue, Alan Geere casts an eye over the performance of the national press.

Posted on: 01 March 2006


Alan Geere on the nationals - 2 by Alan Geere

Each issue, Alan Geere casts an eye over the performance of the national press.

Posted on: 01 January 2006


Alan Geere on the nationals - 1 by Alan Geere

Each issue, Alan Geere casts an eye over the performance of the national press.

Posted on: 01 November 2005


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