Welcome to Lexington’s weekly round-up of media news and the latest moves in journalism.


Cash 4 Journalism

19 UK news organisations will receive a total of £2m in funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport following recommendations set out by The Cairncross Review into a sustainable future for public service journalism.

Here’s our take on some of the most innovative ideas from the Future News Pilot Fund that have been awarded grants:

  • mySociety‘s Freedom of Information service WhatDoTheyKnow previously covered in our 20th January issue
  • HashtagOurStories is building augmented reality video authoring tools that will help citizen journalists automatically generate factual stories.
  • Helping Black Ballad – an online publication which tells stories of Black British women – expand its reach outside the capital
  • Aiming to get readers more accustomed to the idea of paying for one-off online articles, Axate is using its £70,000 grant to build an online wallet on four local, digital news websites.
  • Tortoise, founded by former BBC News Director and Editor of The Times James Harding, is a media publisher on a mission to slow down and open up journalism. It is trialing a unique membership model for news, where members actively contribute to the stories they write through live discussion events called “ThinkIns”, in partnership with local newsrooms.

Hold the Front Page 

The Society of Editors has announced its shortlist for national press awards of 2019. Columnists, editors, correspondents, cartoonists and investigations are all among the categories up for awards. Notable nominees on the list are Piers Morgan, Jeremy Clarkson and Bryony Gordon, all vying for the coveted Columnist of the Year.

Top Scoops of the Year up for grabs are:

  • Operation Yellowhammer, The Sunday Times
  • Shamima Begum: Anthony Loyd interview, The Times
  • Sir Philip Green and Britain’s #MeToo scandal, Daily Telegraph
  • The Prime Minister and the American businesswoman, The Sunday Times
  • The Washington Files, The Mail on Sunday
  • We’re Orf/ Megxit, The Sun

Front Page of the Year:

  • A Crying Shame, Daily Mail
  • A woman groped, another put in a headlock, and a black man told he was ‘still throwing spears in the jungle’, Daily Telegraph
  • Bring Me Home: The Times finds former schoolgirl who fled to join Isis in Syrian refugee camp, The Times
  • Cripes I’ve won, The Sunday Times
  • Give me a world I can grow up in, Daily Mirror
  • La tragedie de Notre Dame, The Scotsman



The Guardian’s media editor, Jim Waterson, reports on the latest ABC National print sales figures. The stats don’t include The Telegraph which has vanished from both ABC’s figures and WHSmith stores, and recently upped their price from £1.80 to £2.50. The publisher has not yet increased the amount it pays retailers to carry the newspaper causing WHSmith to pull the title from its railway shop shelves.

No national newspapers recorded year-on-year circulation growth in January. Only free title the Metro held off a decline. The Daily Star Sunday saw the biggest circulation drop for the period, falling by a fifth year-on-year to 162,345 copies.

This comes as Daily Mirror owners, Reach PLC, have this morning announced ambitious plans to increase its registered online users sevenfold to 7m registered online users by the end of 2022.




Charlotte Gill has been appointed Deputy Editor at ConservativeHome, and will begin her new role next month. She is currently a Contributor to The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and The Sun.

David Molloy is now a Senior Technology Journalist at BBC News.

Ellie Swinton is now the Interviews Producer for ITV News.

Eleni Courea will be rejoining The Times next month as a Political Reporter, based in Westminster.

Charlie Haynes is now a Producer on BBC World’s HARDtalk programme, which has an audience of 80 million worldwide across TV & Radio.

Edward Thicknesse is now focusing on transport and industry for City AM, covering infrastructure, aviation, automotive, government procurement and outsourcing. He previously focused on energy, utilities and mining for the title, and these beats are now being covered by Jack Richardson.


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