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Wordblog revived

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Press Gazette closes

A simple statement this evening announced the closure of the Press Gazette after 41 years. The item on the web site reads:

Press Gazette’s editorial team would like to thank all of its readers over the past 41 years, and all of those who have given us support in the recent difficult weeks.The magazine’s staff was informed tonight by managing director Simon Read that they were being made redundant with immediate effect.

It is sad for all the staff who have worked so hard to bring about the improvement in the paper in the past year. It also leaves print journalism without a trade journal at a time of, perhaps, the greatest and fastest change it has seen.

I will miss it: its advertisements were the source of several of my jobs and rather more applications. Yet its demise was inevitable as advertising migrated to others including Media Guardian and the Hold the Front Page website, owned by the regional publishers whose advertising was once very important to the Press Gazette.

Perhaps the title will survive in some form.


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  1. Kate says

    Andrew, I really enjoyed your Press Gazette article on blogging. It does seem at times that the media is so desperate not to be left behind that they’re jumping into cyberspace without any thought for the consequences.

    Blogging is a great idea but there are a lot of rubbish blogs out there. What exactly makes a good blog? I’m not sure people are thinking about this enough, myself included.

    When I started this course there was a sudden rush to start blogging, but noone really talked about what to put in them. What subjects? Writing style? Pictures/links/tags? Who is our audience?

    I guess it’s forgivable for students to be unsure about this sort of stuff, but the papers you mentioned in your article should really have a better grip on it shouldn’t they?!

  2. Martin Stabe says

    Since everyone — well, just Robin Hamman and Richard Sambrook — seems to be disclosing their blog traffic statistics this week, I thought I’d share, too. According to Google Analytics, Here’s what happens when you get made redundant because your magazine closes, forcing you to move your professional blog over to your long-neglected personal site, thus attracting multiple links from prominent bloggers: [IMG Google Analytics statistics]