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An American In London by Ciar Byrne

Betsy Fast, recently arrived from the US, is Hearst UK’s new executive director of digital editorial strategy. As she tells Ciar Byrne, the UK lags a little way behind the US in terms of digital transformation, but that that presents a huge opportunity!

Posted on: 27 July 2017

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Exceeding expectations by Ray Snoddy

Chief executives are not paid to be downbeat. Visionary, forward-looking, over-achieving is what it’s all about. As the Guardian’s David Pemsel tells Ray Snoddy, having embarked on a three-year plan, they are well ahead of where they thought they’d be and there are lots of exciting plans – including a new tabloid edition – in the pipeline.

Posted on: 27 July 2017

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Putting culture first by Meg Carter

Faversham House, the Sussex-based B2B media group, has been around since the 60s. Since a 2010 MBO, the company has put great emphasis on rationalising its brand portfolio and getting its company culture absolutely right. Chief Executive Amanda Barnes tells Meg Carter why.

Posted on: 27 July 2017

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The Voice of Manchester by Peter Sands

On 22 May, a terrorist detonated his bomb amongst the crowds leaving an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. 22 people were killed and many more injured. Not unsurprisingly, the tragedy became one of the biggest news stories of the past decade. The demand for information was huge and many turned first to the Manchester Evening News. Peter Sands talks to editor Rob Irvine about his paper’s coverage.

Posted on: 27 July 2017

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BBC History Magazine – embracing the new by Mary Hogarth

BBC History Magazine is achieving sustained growth across the brand. Editor Rob Attar talks to Mary Hogarth about leading the way in digital subscriptions and why regular podcasts are crucial.

Posted on: 25 May 2017

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House & Garden – showing no signs of ageing by Ciar Byrne

As it celebrates its 70th birthday, the Condé Nast title is busily adding followers and garnering likes on social media and experimenting with brand extensions. Yet, as Hatta Byng and Kate Slesinger tell Ciar Byrne, print is still where the heart is.

Posted on: 25 May 2017

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Tackling the headwinds by Ray Snoddy

The press has a long list of challenges, from Section 40 to Google and Facebook hoovering up all the digital ad spend. Ashley Highfield tells Ray Snoddy how the News Media Association is working to tackle those challenges.

Posted on: 25 May 2017

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The press baron returns by Steve Dyson

After 120 years in publishing, the baronial Iliffe family lost its local newspapers in a complex merger deal. Now heir apparent Edward Iliffe is building a new press kingdom from scratch. Steve Dyson reports.

Posted on: 25 May 2017

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There’s No Business Like Show Business by Meg Carter

One publisher that has taken up the events challenge with great gusto is Mark Allen Group whose events division has grown ten-fold over the past couple of years. Its MD, Ed Tranter, tells Meg Carter the secrets of putting on a successful show.

Posted on: 25 May 2017

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Why the FT has the best website by Nick Turner

Two years in the making and using a highly collaborative design approach, the FT’s new website has swept all before it in terms of industry awards. Nick Turner talks to Mark Alderson about their priorities and strategy.

Posted on: 25 May 2017

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Beauty direct by Ciar Byrne

As publishers seek to reinvent their business models, it’s a good idea to play to existing strengths. In the case of Time Inc UK, this meant focusing on the beauty market, where their editorial and commercial expertise has helped underpin two exciting new e-commerce ventures. Ciar Byrne reports.

Posted on: 28 March 2017

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Greg Witham by Meg Carter

The recent past of global news brand Newsweek has been chequered to say the least. Variously, sold, merged, redesigned, closed and then relaunched by new owners IBT Media, it’s been back on our shelves for the past couple of years. As chief operating officer Greg Witham tells Meg Carter, the new publishers have got ambitious print and digital plans for the title.

Posted on: 28 March 2017

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Hugo Dixon by Ray Snoddy

Fakery, distortion and misrepresentation found a new name in 2016 - ‘fake news’. Last year’s two big elections saw a poisoning of public discourse, as election protagonists, their shadowy online backers and highly partisan media outlets created, perpetuated and amplified a tsunami of lies and half-truths. Ray Snoddy meets one man who swam against the tide – Hugo Dixon.

Posted on: 03 February 2017

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Ken Finlayson by Meg Carter

With an approximate 65 million sets of teeth to look after, UK dentistry is a robust and valuable sector, less susceptible than many others to digital disruption. One of the publishers servicing dentists is FMC, set up by Ken Finlayson in 1995. Meg Carter talks to Ken about the challenges he faces in an extremely competitive market.

Posted on: 03 February 2017

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Story Time by Ciar Byrne

Recognising the increased demand from advertisers for content marketing solutions, some publishers have set up dedicated in-house agencies to devise and deliver native advertising campaigns. Ciar Byrne talks to ESI Media’s Jon O’Donnell and Charlie Edelman about their new creative unit, launched in the autumn.

Posted on: 03 February 2017

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Terri White by Mary Hogarth

From features assistant on Woman & Home magazine to editor of ShortList in six years is an amazing feat. Terri White, now editor-in-chief of Empire, shares some of the pivotal lessons she’s learned with Mary Hogarth along with her vision for the future.

Posted on: 03 February 2017

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The audience comes first by Steve Dyson

He has successfully launched a national newspaper. But he’s also axed scores of regional journalists’ jobs. Steve Dyson asks Matt Kelly about his new life at Archant.

Posted on: 03 February 2017

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David Pemsel - interview by Meg Carter

The Guardian has for some time been at the forefront of digital publishing, the standard-bearer of open access web content. With digital revenue and reach growing, the outlook looked bright, until advertising revenues hit the buffers in 2015. Since then, as David Pemsel tells Meg Carter, the publisher has embarked on a major rethink.

Posted on: 27 November 2016

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Look – the new brand strategy by Ciar Byrne

In September, Look unveiled a new brand strategy built around four content pillars and a belief that the brand had to be everywhere its audience was. Ciar Byrne talks to some of the key players behind the new strategy.

Posted on: 27 November 2016

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“It’s Exciting to be an Online Journalist” by Steve Dyson

Print may be declining, but two freshly-qualified journalists are still excited about their new regional media careers. Steve Dyson finds out why.

Posted on: 03 October 2016

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Alexandra Shulman – interview by Mary Hogarth

It’s a big year for Alexandra Shulman, editor-in-chief of Vogue – marking the title’s centenary and publishing her book to celebrate 25 years as editor. Alexandra talks to Mary Hogarth about her editorship and why the beloved print magazines will not die.

Posted on: 03 October 2016

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Incisive’s root & branch rebuild by Ciar Byrne

It sometimes seems there are all too few good news stories in publishing these days. So the tale of Incisive Media’s award-winning twelve-month project to rebuild its digital platforms makes a refreshing change, writes Ciar Byrne.

Posted on: 03 October 2016

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Lawson Muncaster - interview by Ray Snoddy

City A.M. has become a regular sight on the streets of London over the past decade. Despite a recession, continued digital disruption and now Brexit, it’s still standing, but not yet profitable. As Lawson Muncaster tells Ray Snoddy, a profitable 2017 is the top priority.

Posted on: 03 October 2016

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Rebecca Nicholson - interview by Meg Carter

Mainstream media is forever obsessing over the youth of today; not so much what they’re up to, although that does fill useful column inches, but how to get them engaged with their output. One media organisation for whom this comes quite naturally is Vice Media. Meg Carter talks to its newish editor-in-chief, Rebecca Nicholson.

Posted on: 03 October 2016

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Campaign reinvented by Ciar Byrne

In May, Haymarket brought its Brand Republic, Marketing and Media Week brands together under the Campaign umbrella. Claire Beale and Adrian Barrick explain to Ciar Byrne how and why four became one.

Posted on: 27 July 2016

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Reid Holland - interview by Meg Carter

Hearst’s marketing and circulation department has had a particularly busy couple of years. As Reid Holland tells Meg Carter, a root and branch restructure followed by a radical strategy overhaul for one of its leading titles, has yielded some very positive results.

Posted on: 27 July 2016

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Sir Alan Moses – interview by Ray Snoddy

One of the toughest jobs in publishing is held by a lawyer, or to be more precise, a high court judge. Sir Alan Moses, chairman of IPSO, has to deal with a sceptical public, an unbiddable press and a determined pressure group, not to mention a rival regulator. Sir Alan talks press regulation with Ray Snoddy.

Posted on: 27 July 2016

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Jeff Moriarty - interview by Ciar Byrne

Over the past year, Johnston Press has been relaunching the websites of its major regional titles and the early indicators, in terms of traffic and ad revenue, are encouraging. Ciar Byrne talks to Jeff Moriarty, chief digital and product officer, about their strategy.

Posted on: 03 June 2016

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Keeping innovation affordable by Mary Hogarth

Diversity in publishing is essential for survival. Mary Hogarth takes a look at List for Life – an innovative new title to emerge from Time Inc’s Innovation Lab.

Posted on: 03 June 2016

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Patrick Martell - interview by Meg Carter

Good content, good people and good products will only get you so far. As Patrick Martell tells Meg Carter, getting the organisational structure right is vitally important if large publishing companies are to maximise their potential.

Posted on: 03 June 2016

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Will Lewis - interview by Ray Snoddy

A Londoner in New York, Will Lewis has been CEO of Dow Jones, publishers of the Wall Street Journal, since 2014. Surveying the US newspaper scene, the former Daily Telegraph editor tells Ray Snoddy that the outlook is incredibly bright for some titles, but pretty dire for others…

Posted on: 03 June 2016

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Tom Bureau - interview by Meg Carter

Rising print and digital circulations, rising subscriptions, and rising data and transaction revenues make for a rosy picture at Immediate Media Co. Rapid growth is not without its challenges however, chief executive Tom Bureau tells Meg Carter, which is why for the company’s senior and middle management, “cultural development” is a constant focus.

Posted on: 01 April 2016

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Class Hacks by Steve Dyson

Five top hacks share their secrets on how to be an award-winning journalist in 2016. Steve Dyson reports.

Posted on: 03 February 2016

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Paul Lomax - interview by Meg Carter

With the growing importance of technology in the publishing world, it’s little wonder that IT teams have come out from behind the help-desk. Their role is increasingly sophisticated and business-critical. Meg Carter talks to Paul Lomax about the rapidly evolving IT scene at Dennis Publishing.

Posted on: 03 February 2016

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Rewarded for digital innovation by Mary Hogarth

Simon Collis talks to Mary Hogarth about winning the BSME Digital Editor of the Year (Consumer) award in November and reveals the key to achieving 2.5m unique users.

Posted on: 03 February 2016

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Sarah Sands - interview by Ray Snoddy

In 2009, the Evening Standard’s ABC stood at 256k – it’s now over 900k. Removing the cover price was obviously the clincher, but there’s no denying the new-found spring in the Standard’s step. As editor Sarah Sands tells Ray Snoddy, no one has to pick up the paper, so she and her team work very hard to give them reasons to do so.

Posted on: 03 February 2016

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Good Housekeeping – all about trust by Meg Carter

Closing in on its hundredth birthday, Good Housekeeping has had a particularly hectic eighteen months, embarking on a number of ground-breaking innovations. But, as Lindsay Nicholson and Judith Secombe tell Meg Carter, the cornerstone of the brand’s success remains unchanged: trust.

Posted on: 26 November 2015

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Diane Kenwood - interview by Mary Hogarth

While many lifestyle magazines are struggling, Woman's Weekly editor, Diane Kenwood, says her title is thriving. Her secret? As she tells Mary Hogarth, it’s all down to knowing the readers and engaging them with great brand services and activities that make a profit.

Posted on: 24 September 2015

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Rob Orchard - interview by Meg Carter

Concerns about the impact of the 24/7 news culture – is ‘first’ best or does ‘first’ often miss the point – led Rob Orchard and friends to launch Delayed Gratification, to provide the missing sense of perspective. As Rob tells Meg Carter, it’s been a steep learning curve, but one which is beginning to pay off, albeit slowly.

Posted on: 24 September 2015

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Steve Auckland - interview by Ray Snoddy

In publishing, it’s all about the direction of travel. Circulation declines and financial losses must be seen in context and if the year-on-year trend is upwards, then there’s hope! At ESI Media, as Steve Auckland tells Ray Snoddy, the key indicators are pointing in the right direction.

Posted on: 24 September 2015

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Jeff Henry - interview by Ray Snoddy

Last year, Archant appointed as its new chief executive Jeff Henry, a man who had never worked in newspapers before; someone whose whole media career had been spent in television and film. An intriguing choice, but, as Jeff explains to Ray Snoddy, all media companies face the same challenges – how to create and monetise high value content.

Posted on: 15 July 2015

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Alan Rusbridger - interview by Ray Snoddy

At the end of May, Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger is stepping down after twenty years in the job. He interrupted his packing to talk to Ray Snoddy about the highs and lows, the Guardian’s digital trajectory and his abiding passion for journalism.

Posted on: 28 May 2015

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Matt Kelly - interview by Steve Dyson

Matt Kelly was an online pioneer for the Daily Mirror, and later helped create digital newsrooms in Latin America. Now he’s driving Local World’s website development. Steve Dyson reports.

Posted on: 28 May 2015

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Paul Solomons - interview by Meg Carter

Bad design gets noticed; good design doesn’t! On a well designed page, everything is there for a reason – space, colour, font, images; it should all hang together just so. Paul Solomons talks to Meg Carter about his approach to magazine design and how it has evolved to accommodate digital publishing.

Posted on: 28 May 2015

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Ian Mean - interview by Steve Dyson

He started as a reporter in London’s ganglands in the early 1960s, and worked with some of the most colourful characters in journalism. Now he’s retiring as editor of the Western Daily Press. Steve Dyson interviews Ian Mean.

Posted on: 25 March 2015

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Karl Marsden - interview by Meg Carter

It says much for the impact Shortlist Media made when it burst onto the scene in 2007 that it seems to have been around forever! Meg Carter talks to MD Karl Marsden about the publisher’s new content solutions offering, native advertising, future launch plans and what the company learnt from its first taste of failure.

Posted on: 25 March 2015

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Andria Vidler - interview by Meg Carter

Centaur publishes some of the best known brands in B2B media, yet found itself in the doldrums in 2013. Tasked with breathing new life into this B2B publisher was the former boss of EMI Music! Andria Vidler tells Meg Carter about her first year at the helm.

Posted on: 27 January 2015

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“Cut me and I bleed ink” - Malcolm Starbrook interview by Jon Slattery

Malcolm Starbrook retired in July after 45 years in journalism. In those 45 years, he worked for nationals and regionals, newspapers and magazines, publishers and regulators. In short, he’s seen it all. He tells Jon Slattery that, despite all the digital disruption, it’s still the journalism that matters and argues we need “more journalists not fewer”.

Posted on: 25 November 2014

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John Ridding - interview by Ray Snoddy

The Financial Times has handled digital transition better than most. The result of meticulous planning? A bit of luck perhaps? Or simply because it’s a rock-solid must-read product? Ray Snoddy talks to John Ridding about their enviably successful publishing strategy.

Posted on: 25 November 2014

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Julian Lloyd-Evans - interview by Meg Carter

Accentuating the positive is always a good place to start in sales, and Julian Lloyd-Evans, managing director, advertising at Dennis Publishing, sees lots of positives in today’s publishing environment. But, as he tells Meg Carter, publishers need an enterprising and entrepreneurial approach if they are to take full advantage of the opportunities.

Posted on: 25 November 2014

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