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MEDIA NEWS

Close to home

Dudley North MP Ian Austin, the ninth Labour MP to leave the party, chose to announce his decision in his local paper, Dudley & Wyre Forest Express and Star. Austin gave an exclusive interview to the paper from his home in which he said: ‘…I could never ask local people to make Jeremy Corbyn Prime Minister’. Certainly, it was ‘local people’ that he chose to address by interviewing with a regional paper as opposed to announcing his decision via Twitter or a London press conference. Perhaps it was because, according to YouGov, the local press is repeatedly ranked as the ‘most trusted’ source for local news.

Perception

Most papers led with Sajid Javid’s decision to revoke Shamima Begum’s citizenship last week. Reactions ranged from The Daily Express’ ‘Sense at last!’, to ‘Shocking and shameful’ by the Guardian. The Times noted that it was an ‘unworthy populist gesture’ and The Sun bluntly put it: ‘No regrets. No remorse. No entry’. The Daily Mail’s new editor, Geordie Greig, had a more tempered approach, accepting that ‘she was a vulnerable child when groomed at her computer by evil recruiters’.

Promises, promises

Following the Cairncross Review, Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright published a message last week in several local papers around the country pledging to support them transition from print to digital. In a statement to Parliament on Tuesday 12 February, Wright promised to open an investigation into whether news publishers were being treated fairly online. Wednesday’s message indicates that he intends to consider other recommendations included in the Review.

Winner, winner

The nominations for the 2018 Press Awards, organised by the Society of Editors, have been announced. The Guardian’s Amelia Gentleman, the journalist behind the Windrush scandal story, is nominated for news reporter of the year and the story is up for investigation of the year. Against her for news reporter of the year is Madison Marriage of the Financial Times for her work on the Presidents Club. Carole Cadwalladr has been shortlisted for technology journalist of the year for her work for the Observer on Cambridge Analytica. Vying for front page of the year is the Daily Mail with Corbyn’s wreath laying, The Times’ coverage of the Oxfam Haiti scandal and The Telegraph’s British #MeToo movement, amongst others.

Listen up

The Economist has launched The Intelligence, a daily 20-minute global current affairs podcast. Jason Palmer will host the show, with each episode comprising of a news story analysis, an in-depth feature and a more light-hearted piece. To make its mark, The Intelligence will have to compete in a crowded market against the Guardian’s Today in Focus, the Financial Times’ FT News and the BBC’s Beyond Today. But perhaps there are enough listeners to go around as Radio Joint Audience Research (RJAR) reports that 6.9 million UK adults (that’s 13 per cent of the population) listen to a podcast each week, up from 5.5 million in 2017.

ARTICLE OF THE WEEK

MEDIA MOVES

British GQ has launched GQ Hype, a new digital weekly site. Produced by the same team, GQ Hype will complement the existing print, website and social media channels for the brand. Following a soft launch in December 2018, GQ Hype had 3.7 million global unique users during January 2019.

Josh Martin has been appointed news editor at City A.M. Emily Nicolle has been appointed technology editor at the title.

Tom Seymour is now a senior writer at the Financial Times, covering the creative industries.

Patricia Nilsson has been appointed media reporter at the Financial Times.

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