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Challenging times mean challenging the norms by Neil Fowler

Neil Fowler says that universities are brilliantly positioned to offer radical ideas for the future of news. Have they the nerve to try something different, he asks.

Posted on: 27 July 2017

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The Journal Relaunch – a trip down memory lane by Neil Fowler

In 1992, to great fanfare, The Journal switched from broadsheet to tabloid. A huge amount of effort and resource had gone into the relaunch. 25 years on, editor at the time Neil Fowler looks back at a dramatic north east change and ponders its relevance to today.

Posted on: 28 March 2017

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Is the Trinity Mirror takeover of Local World a good thing? Yes! by Neil Fowler

Neil Fowler thinks that the recent takeover of Local World, by Trinity Mirror, is a good thing...

Posted on: 26 November 2015

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Digital first – saviour or sinner? by Neil Fowler

Neil Fowler poses the question at the heart of all media – is digital first the answer to all its problems – or is it the final piece in a coffin-shaped jigsaw?

Posted on: 23 September 2014

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When nearly right is totally wrong – and why the great subbing debate is a huge red herring by Neil Fowler

Spoiler alert: former editor Neil Fowler believes the days of traditional sub-editors have gone – and those calling for their salvation are ignoring the realities of life.

Posted on: 19 March 2014

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Can the OFT see sense this time? by Neil Fowler

Consolidation will not save the regional and local newspaper industry in the UK – but, writes Neil Fowler, it is one of a basket of measures that, if operating in tandem, could give the sector a boost.

Posted on: 31 May 2013

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Hopes and fears in local land by Neil Fowler

Former regional editor Neil Fowler has long argued that only radical action can offer any hope of a future for the regional and local newspaper industry across the United Kingdom. David Montgomery’s Local World may be the first business to move in such a direction.

Posted on: 18 March 2013

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The cliff edge looms – but who is controlling the steering wheel? by Neil Fowler

Last year, Neil Fowler argued for radical action if regional and local newspapers across the United Kingdom were to have a future. Some re-arranging of the deck-chairs has taken place, but not everything is inspiring confidence. Neil takes a look at the changing management structures within the UK regional press.

Posted on: 12 November 2012

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Regionals on the Edge by Neil Fowler

Neil Fowler spent a year at Oxford University looking at the decline and future of regional and local newspapers across the United Kingdom. Radical action, he argues, is needed if many are to have a future.

Posted on: 09 March 2012

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