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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 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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You don’t get clicks without good words

It was inspiring to hear Sun editor Tony Gallagher talk so passionately about the job. Describing his paper’s ethos, he said: “We want to take no prisoners every day, no friends, no fear or favour.” But I was most taken by his thoughts about … Continue reading

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Why the closure of The Independent hurts journalists so much

IT is not just the fact that a national newspaper is closing that hurts so much (though that is bad enough, not least for the 150 full-time staff who face losing their jobs). The pain is particularly acute because it is … Continue reading

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Why the craft of headline writing is as important as ever

THE DIGITAL transformation of the regional newspaper business has cost many sub-editors their jobs, yet in some respects their skills are needed more than ever. Subs (read Charlotte Baxter’s wry job description here) were once the beating heart of the newsroom. Usually journalists of … Continue reading

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What’s so special about ‘K’?

What’s so special about ‘K’? It is a letter I keep seeing more and more in headlines as abbreviation (of kilo) for thousand. There is no mystery about why it is so common. It is a lot shorter than ‘thousand’ … Continue reading

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