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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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Opportunities & Threats: Regional Press by Steve Dyson

Steve Dyson's article in the Publishing Partners Guide 2017

Posted on: 03 February 2017

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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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What A Difference 40 Years Make by Steve Dyson

The discovery of an old media magazine from 1976 prompted a unique analysis of regional newspaper circulation trends over the last four decades. Steve Dyson digs out the results.

Posted on: 03 June 2016

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Opportunities & Threats: Regional Press by Steve Dyson

Steve Dyson's article in the Publishing Partners Guide 2016

Posted on: 04 February 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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The Battle for Berkshire by Steve Dyson

Trinity Mirror’s digital-only project in Berkshire has triggered the launch of a new print title, while a competing newspaper’s sales are up more than 50%. Steve Dyson reports.

Posted on: 26 November 2015

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Life after editing by Steve Dyson

From beekeeping to running multi-media workshops in Africa, and from teaching bushcraft to good old sub-editing. Steve Dyson discovers what life’s like for six ex-editors.

Posted on: 15 July 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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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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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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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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SoE Regional Conference 2014 by Steve Dyson

Editors are busy shaping the skills needed for digitally-led newsrooms in the belief that online publishing will become profitable. Steve Dyson reports from the Society of Editors Regional Conference.

Posted on: 19 May 2014

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Free daily newspapers by Steve Dyson

Regional daily newspapers were once proud to sell 100% of their copies. Today, the London Evening Standard is totally free, and other big city dailies are starting to give thousands away. Steve Dyson reports.

Posted on: 19 March 2014

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View from the Editor’s chair – part 2 by Steve Dyson

Local and regional newspapers can still provide careers for would-be journalists, according to today’s editors. In the second of a two-part survey, Steve Dyson collects their thoughts and advice on the industry’s future.

Posted on: 30 November 2013

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View from the Editor’s chair by Steve Dyson

What are the digital priorities for local and regional newspapers? Steve Dyson gathers the views of twelve serving editors.

Posted on: 22 September 2013

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Society of Editors’ Regional Conference by Steve Dyson

Top speakers drew a decent turnout at the Society of Editors’ regional conference in April. But the most interesting story was unexpected – when one of Britain’s oldest independent publishers announced that online paywalls were coming. Steve Dyson reports.

Posted on: 23 July 2013

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The modern editor by Steve Dyson

As newspapers grapple with the digital world, editorial leaders are unrecognisable from days of yore. But what are the differences between ‘old’ and ‘modern’ editors? And what attributes make the best candidates for the ‘chair’ in 2013? Steve Dyson reports.

Posted on: 18 March 2013

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Society of Editors Conference 2012 by Steve Dyson

The BBC’s Newsnight controversy, the future of investigative journalism and anxious debates ahead of Leveson all provided timely content at the Society of Editors annual conference. But were there enough actual editors among delegates? Steve Dyson reports.

Posted on: 17 January 2013

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Joanne Butcher - interview by Steve Dyson

The deep recession and the Leveson Inquiry are resulting in major changes in journalistic training, including new courses in business and finance reporting and media ethics. Steve Dyson finds out more from Joanne Butcher, chief executive of the National Council for the Training of Journalists.

Posted on: 18 September 2012

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Doug Melloy - interview by Steve Dyson

Many regional newspaper editors have lost their jobs in recent months, often in mid-career. But Doug Melloy retires on his 65th birthday this June, after three decades as editor. Steve Dyson reports.

Posted on: 14 May 2012

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Making money with hyperlocal by Steve Dyson

Big publishers have closed some weekly newspapers and ‘hyperlocal’ websites are struggling to make serious money. But small, independent papers full of street corner content are still surviving. Steve Dyson reports.

Posted on: 09 March 2012

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Society of Editors Conference 2011 by Steve Dyson

As the future of press regulation was debated at the Society of Editors annual conference, three newspapers closed, two more were put on death row and a new survey of delegates’ attitudes was revealed. Steve Dyson reports.

Posted on: 19 January 2012

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Going Weekly by Steve Dyson

The daily Torquay Express will become a weekly product from July 21 in what could be a new tide of conversions. Steve Dyson discovers how this has been successful for one newspaper – and wonders who might be next.

Posted on: 12 July 2011

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Immoral earnings by Steve Dyson

Prostitution is not a subject that regional newspapers like to dwell on – apart from in the ‘Personal Services’ columns in their classified advertising sections. Steve Dyson reports on the murky world of massage parlour ads.

Posted on: 17 March 2011

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Hyperlocal – for love or money? by Steve Dyson

There are hundreds of hyperlocal sites across the UK, all with energetic editors and enthusiastic audiences. But the vast majority make no profit and pay no salaries. Steve Dyson reports on what makes hyperlocal websites tick.

Posted on: 22 November 2010

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What future the regionals? by Steve Dyson

The regional press has seen substantial circulation declines, yet total readership is growing via the internet. Steve Dyson asks the experts about the reasons for change, future prospects and whether national organisations should still engage with the sector.

Posted on: 20 July 2010

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Once more unto the breach by Steve Dyson

There is a crisis of leadership in the regional press, says Steve Dyson. How can the regional newspaper industry hope to recover unless the executives who lead it show confidence in their own products? Where are the leaders, where are the visionaries?

Posted on: 23 May 2010

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