Newspapers

Scottish newspapers

Along with my colleague Dr Alex Benchimol, Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Glasgow, I’ve been looking at the challenges the Scottish Press is facing, from adapting to a digital age to maintaining a distinct Scottish identity.

Can print journalism adapt to the digital revolution
Welsh flag

The Ofcom Advisory Committee for Wales has recently submitted a response to the DCMS consultation on media ownership and plurality to provide our views on how we create and maintain a plurality of media voices in Wales and the other nations of the UK.

The devolved nations represent distinct democratic units within the UK, with their own democratic institutions. Therefore, media plurality in news and current affairs plays a vital role in ensuring a well-functioning democratic society in these nations.

NATIONS ANGLE

Diversity as important as market share
Hyperlocal media

I contribute to a blog about news and views from my road. I also use the Internet to find out about local events, schools, services, and to get directions and even find out where I am through maps available online, as well as where my friend is, so we can meet in town. These are examples of ‘hyperlocal’ media focused on small geographic areas that define communities.

Hyperlocal media thrives on the net!
News

Ofcom’s research regularly shows the value audiences place on local and regional news.  As a result, this is a topic that all of Ofcom’s Advisory Committees regularly get their teeth into.

An interesting blog posted by Tim Bishop, Head of BBC East, reports on a survey carried out jointly by the Newspaper Society and the BBC of the numbers, types and sources of stories carried in one English region across a month-long period.

Ofcom’s research regularly shows the value audiences place on local and regional news. As a result, this is a topic that all of Ofcom’s Advisory Committees regularly get their teeth into.
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