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Language lessons by Peter Sands

The rush to be first and the demise of the sub-editor mean that grammatical errors are increasingly creeping into our copy. As Peter Sands points out, error-strewn text damages our credibility because readers do notice. Best to try to get it right first time…

Source: InPublishing Magazine Jul/Aug 2018

Success Factors – The Top 20 by Peter Sands

Steep circulation declines for many regional titles have forced publishers to ask some pretty fundamental questions, such as, what do our readers want from us? Peter Sands spoke to fifteen leading regional editors to get their views on the essential ingredients for a successful local paper.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Jan/Feb 2018

The Voice of Manchester by Peter Sands

On 22 May, a terrorist detonated his bomb amongst the crowds leaving an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. 22 people were killed and many more injured. Not unsurprisingly, the tragedy became one of the biggest news stories of the past decade. The demand for information was huge and many turned first to the Manchester Evening News. Peter Sands talks to editor Rob Irvine about his paper’s coverage.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Jul/Aug 2017

Making a difference by Peter Sands

The ability to shine a light into dark corners and to fight the good fight is something the regional press has and the search and social media behemoths threatening their very existence don’t. But, in an age of cut-backs, does the local press still have the campaigning zeal? Peter Sands reports.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Jan/Feb 2017

The changing role of the regional newspaper editor by Peter Sands

The role of editor has been no more immune to the winds of change than any other in publishing. Workloads have increased and resources have been cut, putting huge pressure on the editor. Peter Sands asks seven experienced editors about the role, how it has changed and whether or not it’s still an enjoyable job…

Source: InPublishing Magazine Jul/Aug 2016

What does 2016 hold for newspapers? by Peter Sands

A new year is a time for bold resolutions, for hope, confidence and determination to make the coming year better than the one just gone. Err… not in the world of the regional press, where Peter Sands finds a mood of despondency and where ‘more of the same’ pretty much sums up the outlook for 2016.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Jan/Feb 2016

Bills – still worth the effort? by Peter Sands

When was the last time you learned of breaking news from a newspaper bill? Exactly. Digital media always gets there first. So do bills, once the mainstay of newspaper sales operations, make any difference and who’s still using them? Peter Sands investigates.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Sep/Oct 2015

Is your blurb doing its job? by Peter Sands

The blurb at the top of your front page has one purpose – SELL MORE PAPERS. Yet, writes Peter Sands, many publishers appear to have lost sight of this simple objective.

Source: InPublishing Magazine May/Jun 2015

Football Focus by Peter Sands

The relationship between football club and local paper used to be a particularly close one and both sides worked hard to maintain it. No longer, writes Peter Sands, and instances of clubs actually banning local papers from their grounds are now worryingly commonplace.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Jan/Feb 2015

Keeping subbing skills alive by Peter Sands

In the ideal world, writes Peter Sands, every newspaper publisher would still employ sub-editors. How in the less-than-ideal world we live in, can newspaper publishers cut costs yet still preserve the all-important subbing function?

Source: InPublishing Magazine Nov/Dec 2014

Newspaper design in the digital age by Peter Sands

With editorial budgets being squeezed ever tighter and management increasingly focused on digital matters, does newspaper design still matter? Err… YES! Peter Sands explains why.

Source: InPublishing Magazine May/Jun 2014

Outlook for 2014 by Peter Sands

Is there light at the end of the tunnel for the regional press? Will their efforts to realign their businesses start to bear fruit? Peter Sands looks at the priorities for the year ahead and solicits the views of senior regional executives.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Jan/Feb 2014

Has Digital changed the art of headline writing forever? by Peter Sands

The well-crafted newspaper headline was a key sales hook, and sub-editors fully understood its importance. Does the rise of the digital world spell the end for the classic headline, asks Peter Sands.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Jul/Aug 2013

Got to laugh by Peter Sands

Traditionally, the regional press hasn’t felt comfortable doing humour. Yet recently, Peter Sands has detected a new found spirit of levity at some local publishers.

Source: InPublishing Magazine May/Jun 2013

The Nationals on iPad by Peter Sands

Peter Sands casts a critical eye over the iPad editions of some of our national newspapers.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Jul/Aug 2012

Making every word count by Peter Sands

The sad truth is that much of the content you find in some local papers is a little on the dull side. This does not bode well for their long term future. The challenge for editors, writes Peter Sands, is to strip out all the padding and focus on quality content only.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Jan/Feb 2012

At the top of their game by Peter Sands

Against a generally gloomy industry backdrop, the recent Society of Editors Regional Press Awards highlighted the excellent work still being done by some papers. Chairman of the judges, Peter Sands, looks at some of the winning entries and what we can learn from them.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Jul/Aug 2011

Outlook for 2011 by Peter Sands

First the good news; you’re still in business. Now the bad; the outlook remains bleak with continued belt tightening the only discernible strategy at many regional publishers. Yet, writes Peter Sands, it doesn’t have to be this way.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Jan/Feb 2011

A question of attitude by Peter Sands

Have the demands of multi-platform publishing spelt the end of the traditional door-stepping hack? Should journos now be desk-bound computer whizz kids? Or a mix of the two? Peter Sands attempts to nail down a job description for the modern journalist.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Sep/Oct 2010

Show me the money! by Peter Sands

Ad sales down; copy sales down; just where are newspapers expected to find their next shilling? The industry’s brightest brains have been mulling over this question for some time now, so presumably there are lots of bright ideas floating about? Err ... Peter Sands goes in search of inspiration.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Mar/Apr 2010

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