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Reinventing the Post by Ray Snoddy

As the Sunday Post approached its centenary year in 2014, its circulation was in trouble. It had an ageing readership and the newspaper was simply not registering with many Scots. Part of the answer, as Richard Prest tells Ray Snoddy, was to make the paper more relevant by investing in hard-hitting investigative journalism.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Jul/Aug 2018

A Higher Calling by Ray Snoddy

Newspaper publishing is special. It’s not like widget-making. An independent and inquisitive press is often the difference between a free society and an autocratic one. Miami Herald publisher Alexandra Villoch talks to Ray Snoddy about her deep sense of purpose.

Source: InPublishing Magazine May/Jun 2018

The Scourge of Short Termism by Ray Snoddy

This year’s Shift conference heard a lot about the negative impact of short termism and the positive advertising environment provided by premium sites. So, when will agencies and brands start to change their current buying patterns? Ray Snoddy listened to the presentations.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Mar/Apr 2018

Opportunities & Threats: National Press by Ray Snoddy

Ray Snoddy's article in the Publishing Partners Guide 2018

Source: Publishing Partners Guide 2018 01/02/2018

Friend or Foe? by Ray Snoddy

When he gave the annual lecture at November’s Society of Editors conference, Google executive Ronan Harris ignited a debate that will continue throughout this year. The issue? Is Google good or bad overall for the news industry? Ray Snoddy reports.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Jan/Feb 2018

A balancing act by Ray Snoddy

On top of the usual challenges every editor has to face, the Belfast Telegraph’s Gail Walker also has Northern Ireland’s troubled history and sectarian politics to deal with. As she tells Ray Snoddy, the job involves “a thousand little calibrations a day” to get the mix just right.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Nov/Dec 2017

Man vs Robot by Ray Snoddy

The automation of certain news gathering tasks has long been talked about, but recently has come one step closer to reality with a new initiative at the PA, funded by Google. Will robots take over the newsroom, Ray Snoddy asks PA editor-in-chief, Pete Clifton.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Sep/Oct 2017

Exceeding expectations by Ray Snoddy

Chief executives are not paid to be downbeat. Visionary, forward-looking, over-achieving is what it’s all about. As the Guardian’s David Pemsel tells Ray Snoddy, having embarked on a three-year plan, they are well ahead of where they thought they’d be and there are lots of exciting plans – including a new tabloid edition – in the pipeline.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Jul/Aug 2017

Tackling the headwinds by Ray Snoddy

The press has a long list of challenges, from Section 40 to Google and Facebook hoovering up all the digital ad spend. Ashley Highfield tells Ray Snoddy how the News Media Association is working to tackle those challenges.

Source: InPublishing Magazine May/Jun 2017

Time for grown up thinking by Ray Snoddy

On 1st March, Newsworks held its annual Shift conference in London. One of the messages Ray Snoddy came away with was the need for the advertising industry to shed its obsession with the shiny and the new and get to grips with what is a seriously deficient digital advertising supply chain.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Mar/Apr 2017

Hugo Dixon by Ray Snoddy

Fakery, distortion and misrepresentation found a new name in 2016 - ‘fake news’. Last year’s two big elections saw a poisoning of public discourse, as election protagonists, their shadowy online backers and highly partisan media outlets created, perpetuated and amplified a tsunami of lies and half-truths. Ray Snoddy meets one man who swam against the tide – Hugo Dixon.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Jan/Feb 2017

Opportunities & Threats: National Press by Ray Snoddy

Ray Snoddy's article in the Publishing Partners Guide 2017

Source: Publishing Partners Guide 2017 03/02/2017

SoE Conference 2016 – spooks, police, robots et al by Ray Snoddy

In October, in Carlisle, the Society of Editors held its annual conference. Press regulation and freedom were once again hot topics. Also touched upon was the growing democratic deficit caused by the mass shedding of journalists by local papers. Ray Snoddy was there.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Nov/Dec 2016

Lawson Muncaster - interview by Ray Snoddy

City A.M. has become a regular sight on the streets of London over the past decade. Despite a recession, continued digital disruption and now Brexit, it’s still standing, but not yet profitable. As Lawson Muncaster tells Ray Snoddy, a profitable 2017 is the top priority.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Sep/Oct 2016

Sir Alan Moses – interview by Ray Snoddy

One of the toughest jobs in publishing is held by a lawyer, or to be more precise, a high court judge. Sir Alan Moses, chairman of IPSO, has to deal with a sceptical public, an unbiddable press and a determined pressure group, not to mention a rival regulator. Sir Alan talks press regulation with Ray Snoddy.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Jul/Aug 2016

Will Lewis - interview by Ray Snoddy

A Londoner in New York, Will Lewis has been CEO of Dow Jones, publishers of the Wall Street Journal, since 2014. Surveying the US newspaper scene, the former Daily Telegraph editor tells Ray Snoddy that the outlook is incredibly bright for some titles, but pretty dire for others…

Source: InPublishing Magazine May/Jun 2016

Shift 2016 - review by Ray Snoddy

On 1st March, at the British Library, Newsworks held its fourth annual Shift conference, at which the great and the good of the national newspaper world discussed the opportunities and threats facing their sector. Ray Snoddy was there.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Mar/Apr 2016

Opportunities & Threats: National Press by Ray Snoddy

Ray Snoddy's article in the Publishing Partners Guide 2016

Source: Publishing Partners Guide 2016 01/01/2016

Sarah Sands - interview by Ray Snoddy

In 2009, the Evening Standard’s ABC stood at 256k – it’s now over 900k. Removing the cover price was obviously the clincher, but there’s no denying the new-found spring in the Standard’s step. As editor Sarah Sands tells Ray Snoddy, no one has to pick up the paper, so she and her team work very hard to give them reasons to do so.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Jan/Feb 2016

SoE Conference 2015 – the main talking points by Ray Snoddy

In October, the Society of Editors held its annual conference at Stationers’ Hall in London. The big issues discussed included press regulation (again), freedom of information, the BBC and paywalls. Ray Snoddy was taking notes.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Nov/Dec 2015

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