The new-age of reporting

9 May

The 2010 general election was the first election I was actively involved in, both in a democratic sense, and in a journalistic capacity.

Myself and three other student journalists, (Daniel Bentley, Joseph Stashko & David Stubbings) headed down to Preston Guild Hall on Thursday 6 May to keep the readers of Blog Preston informed as to what was going on. Continue reading


The Guardian’s views on the future of journalism

23 Mar

TODAY, as part of the Harris Lecture Series, UCLan students and staff were treated to a visit from Colin Hughes, the Managing Director of The Guardian.

Colin delivered an hour-long talk about his introduction into the journalism world, the Guardian’s liberal stance and importantly, he talked at length about quality journalism.

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Question time: Preston-style

7 Mar

ON FRIDAY evening I attended UCLan’s version of Question Time, which saw students fire questions at Preston’s MP and PPC’s.

A fistful of students attended, as well as Preston’s current MP Mark Hendrick, and the two Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPC) for Preston, Nerissa Warner-O’Neill and Mark Jewell, representing Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, respectively.

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Free papers – the future?

26 Feb

ON THE WHOLE, the print industry received a boost as the National Readership Survey published its results for the past year.

The real standout performer from the results was the London Evening Standard, which figures show now has an estimated readership of 1,394,000, a huge 133% increase on last year.

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Hyperlocal news: the time is now.

6 Feb

IN RECENT months, the journalism industry appears to have grown another branch, or at the least, extended a previous one.

Hyperlocal news, or blogs, are cropping up throughout the country, and it appears that the time for localised news is now. Continue reading

Charging for content – the beginning of the end?

28 Jan

PAYWALLS, a major talking point in journalism right now, are they good or bad? Will they kill or revolutionise the industry?

Alan Rusbridger, Guardian Editor-in-Chief spoke of paywalls this week at the 2010 Hugh Cudlipp lecture at London College of Communication. Continue reading

Sincere apologies.

28 Jan

Firstly, a happy new year to you all.

Secondly, my lack of care for my blog is clear for all to see when you see that opening sentence being written on January 28th, poor form indeed. Continue reading