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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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Newsroom 3.1 – A Progress Report by Steve Dyson

A ‘digital first’ strategy that plans editorial around readers’ habits is increasing web audiences and revenues, according to David Higgerson, Trinity Mirror’s online cheerleader. Steve Dyson reports.

Posted on: 25 November 2014

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Jonathan Grun - interview by Ray Snoddy

Next May, Jonathan Grun will be stepping down from a role he describes as the best job in British journalism - editor of the Press Association. Jonathan talks to Ray Snoddy about his 36 years at the agency and about how the organisation is adapting to the financial squeeze and the changing media landscape.

Posted on: 23 September 2014

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Lorraine Hendle - interview by Meg Carter

When a publisher has been in business over 150 years, then it’s got to be doing something right. As Lorraine Hendle tells Meg Carter, sticking to core values while at the same time embracing fundamental change, is the key to William Reed Business Media’s continuing success.

Posted on: 23 September 2014

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Ashley Highfield - interview by Ray Snoddy

Former BBC and Microsoft executive, Ashley Highfield, took up his post as chief executive of Johnston Press three years ago, with a brief to expand the publisher’s digital presence. Since then, the company has undergone significant structural change and seen strong digital growth. Ray Snoddy caught up with Ashley for a progress report.

Posted on: 14 July 2014

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Keith Harrison - interview by Steve Dyson

A fact-finding trip across America left Keith Harrison, editor of Britain’s biggest regional daily newspaper, optimistic about a digital future. Steve Dyson reports.

Posted on: 14 July 2014

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Nicholas Coleridge - interview by Meg Carter

Restaurants, bars and fashion colleges are just some of the new initiatives coming out of up-market publisher, Condé Nast. Whilst brand extensions and digital development are now a primary focus, as Nicholas Coleridge tells Meg Carter, everything they do continues to be based on the bedrock of quality content.

Posted on: 14 July 2014

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Andy Baker - interview by Meg Carter

Recent NHS reforms have led to the biggest upheaval in the organisation of the health service in a generation. One side effect of the changes has been the increased demand for market intelligence about the health sector. Meg Carter talks to Andy Baker about how EMAP has gone about tapping into this demand.

Posted on: 19 May 2014

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Media Innovation Awards 2014: The Photography Show by Carolyn Morgan

In March, Future launched The Photography Show at the NEC which attracted over 30,000 visitors. Carolyn Morgan talks to Matthew Pierce, Head of the Photography Group at Future, about how they went about staging such an ambitious event.

Posted on: 04 April 2014

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David Moynihan - interview by Meg Carter

Digital Spy, like so many other successful digital brands, came from humble beginnings – an enthusiastic and talented sixteen year old publishing from his bedroom. The brand has since been acquired by corporate giant, Hearst, but as current editor David Moynihan tells Meg Carter, the passion’s still there.

Posted on: 19 March 2014

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Steve Auckland - interview by Ray Snoddy

In December, Steve Auckland rejoined Metro and immediately turned his attention to the brand’s … print product! Ninety per cent of the company’s revenues come from print, and as he tells Ray Snoddy, that is where his primary focus will be during his first twelve months back in charge.

Posted on: 19 March 2014

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Carla Buzasi - interview by Meg Carter

The Huffington Post is one of the web’s best known news brands, and, unencumbered by any pesky print legacy, it has been able to forge an innovative digital path from the start. Meg Carter talks to UK editor-in-chief Carla Buzasi about what makes the Huffington Post unique.

Posted on: 25 January 2014

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Andrew Miller - interview by Ray Snoddy

The Guardian, with its global online following, has been at the forefront of Fleet Street’s digital charge for some time now. Ray Snoddy talks to Andrew Miller about The Guardian’s digital strategy and his plans to improve the financial health of the company.

Posted on: 30 November 2013

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