Author Archives: John Wilson

About John Wilson

Editor of Hereford Times, Ludlow Advertiser, Stroud News and Journal, Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard and Gloucestershire Gazette series. Journalist for more than 30 years.

The three most effective things to tweet

Twitter is a formidable tool, but even so I find it astonishing how quickly it has become an indispensable part of the newsroom. Who would have thought a few years ago that conservative organisations like the police and fire service … Continue reading

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The three biggest newspaper myths of 2016 debunked

These early days of 2017 are worrying ones for newspapers. Dangerous myths have grown up in the wake of the Leveson Report into the “culture, practices and ethics” of the Press. Now, as part two of Leveson looms, it is time to … Continue reading

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Why free speech would be the victim of Stop Funding Hate’s righteous march

THE hypocrisy of some supporters of the Stop Funding Hate campaign is startling. Do they not see that the biliousness of their own attacks on tabloid newspapers undermine their claims to be champions of a fairer society? Are they not … Continue reading

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Why it’s unwise to compare journalists of yesterday and today

I am not immune to indulging in nostalgia, as my recent lament to regional newspapers’ vanishing printing presses shows. So I will cut Pat Prentice a little slack for his tribute to his friend and colleague David Watts. It is comforting … Continue reading

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Why KFC is worth a front-page splash

Yet again, the Worcester News’s choice of story for its front page has riled the Twitterati. Yesterday’s paper revealed that another KFC takeaway, the city’s second, is to open. But our decision to splash on the story drew derision from some, … Continue reading

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After 300 proud years, the presses fall silent in Worcester

For the first time in 30 years I am working for a daily newspaper that is not printed in the building where it is written and edited. The last copy of the Worcester News rolled off its ageing press in Hylton Road this summer, and more … Continue reading

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Twitterati sneers as Worcester News live-blogs opening of new Aldi supermarket

THE twitterati were aflutter yesterday at a decision by the Worcester News to live-blog the opening of a new Aldi supermarket in the city. One shopper queued for several hours to be the supermarket’s first customer and win a wide-screen television. About … Continue reading

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