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Shift 2015 – Context is Queen by Ray Snoddy

Newsworks’ Shift 2015 event, held in February at the British Library, focused on ‘context’ – an area where traditional newsbrands score highly, but one which is perhaps undervalued by automated trading algorithms. Ray Snoddy reviews the day’s discussions.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Mar/Apr 2015

SoE Conference – the main talking points by Ray Snoddy

In November, the Society of Editors held its annual conference in Southampton. Two of the main themes, writes Ray Snoddy, were the ongoing debate over press regulation and the deteriorating relationship between press and police.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Jan/Feb 2015

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.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Nov/Dec 2014

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.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Sep/Oct 2014

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.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Jul/Aug 2014

What is the Telegraph up to? by Ray Snoddy

At Shift 2014, Newsworks’ second annual conference, held at the British Library on 10 April, all eyes were on new Telegraph boss, Jason Seiken. What surprises would he spring and what clues would he give as to the Telegraph’s digital future? Ray Snoddy was in the audience.

Source: InPublishing Magazine May/Jun 2014

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.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Mar/Apr 2014

Society of Editors Conference 2013 by Ray Snoddy

The SoE held its annual conference on 11/12 November at the Tower Hotel in London. The conference theme was ‘Freedom to Inform’ and an impressive line-up of speakers debated the issues facing the press today. Ray Snoddy was there.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Jan/Feb 2014

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.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Nov/Dec 2013

Mike Darcey - interview by Ray Snoddy

It is perhaps telling that not having any newspaper experience is nowadays considered no bar to running a newspaper company. Former BSkyB executive Mike Darcey certainly had none when he was chosen by Rupert Murdoch to head up News UK, but, as he tells Ray Snoddy, what he did have loads of experience in was getting people to pay for content.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Sep/Oct 2013

Mike Ironside - interview by Ray Snoddy

With the plethora of new reading devices and the consequent audience fragmentation, the task of measuring readership has become a mightily complicated one. The National Readership Survey took a big step forward last September with the release of PADD. Ray Snoddy talks to Mike Ironside about the continuing challenges of readership measurement.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Jul/Aug 2013

Shift 2013 by Ray Snoddy

In April, Newsworks held its first ever conference, entitled Shift 2013. The purpose of the event was to highlight how newspapers are effective and influential platforms in the multiplatform age. Ray Snoddy was in the audience.

Source: InPublishing Magazine May/Jun 2013

Andrew Mullins - interview by Ray Snoddy

The Independent and the Standard have had a tumultuous few years. Between them, and not necessarily in this order, they’ve faced new Russian owners, shared back office functions with DMGT, been sold for £1, switched to free, launched a compact sister paper, and, next up, they are to be stable mates with the new London local TV franchise. It’s all go! Ray Snoddy talks to managing director Andrew Mullins.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Mar/Apr 2013

David Montgomery - interview by Ray Snoddy

November saw a seismic shift in the regional media landscape, with the launch of Local World. Headed by David Montgomery and Steve Auckland, the new company plans to radically overhaul the structure of local media and ensure its profitable future. Ray Snoddy caught up with David to find out more.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Jan/Feb 2013

Tom Toumazis - interview by Ray Snoddy

The reign of Tom Toumazis at the top of Mecom, the European newspaper group may, at just over a year, be one of the shortest on record at a major publisher. But, as he tells Ray Snoddy, he remains optimistic about the future of newspapers.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Nov/Dec 2012

Rufus Olins - interview by Ray Snoddy

Some jobs are more challenging than others, and the task of marketing newspapers to the media buying community in the current climate is probably one of those. Ray Snoddy talks to Rufus Olins about what he hopes to achieve at Newsworks.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Sep/Oct 2012

MediaTel seminar by Ray Snoddy

MediaTel recently held a seminar looking into the future of national newspapers. Ray Snoddy, who was one of the panellists, picks out some of the main talking points.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Jul/Aug 2012

Lord Hunt - interview by Ray Snoddy

In the current climate, the chairmanship of the much maligned PCC might not appear a particularly enticing position. Yet, former Conservative cabinet minister, Lord Hunt of Wirral, jumped at the chance. He explains to Ray Snoddy why he wanted the job and where he thinks press regulation should go from here.

Source: InPublishing Magazine May/Jun 2012

Team Tindle by Ray Snoddy

The term ‘hyperlocal’ has been a buzzword in regional publishing for the past couple of years, yet it has been the guiding philosophy of one particular newspaper group for decades. Ray Snoddy talks to Sir Ray Tindle and his senior team at Tindle Newspapers about their approach to publishing.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Mar/Apr 2012

Ashley Highfield - interview by Ray Snoddy

Johnston Press, one of the largest newspaper publishers in the UK, recently appointed a man with no newspaper experience as it new chief executive. Ray Snoddy talks to Ashley Highfield about his plans for the company.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Jan/Feb 2012

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