Mourning the Death of local Newspapers

May 5, 2009

In an article written by Henry Porter titled “I mourn the death of local newspapers” he outlines the important role that local and regional media plays in society. From his time spent as a reporter at the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo he realised that local news played a vital part in the “quality of local life and the health of local institutions.”

He states that “all news starts off local” and that news found on the web will always be found first in a newspaper, maybe in a less developed form but the beginnings of the story will be there. In this article Porter makes reference to the fact that the future of local and regional newspapers is in danger and that closures of newspapers are becoming more frequent.

The interactive map below shows how many areas have been affected by newspaper closures since June of last year. Read the rest of this entry »


Exam Stress – do parents feel it more?

May 3, 2009


It’s that time of year again when students all over the country begin to fret about upcoming exams. For those secondary school students sitting State exams, the pressure has been mounting since Christmas and those sitting the Leaving Cert are constantly being reminded that the imminent exams may shape their entire future. Read the rest of this entry »

The Future for Local and Regional Media: Inquiry by UK Parliamentary Committee

April 30, 2009

Newspaper closures are becoming more and more frequent and it seemed as though journalists were the only people concerned. Its difficult to come across non-journalists who are overly bothered by the decline in the value of print media, everybody has their own troubles, and so its nice to know that the British government have taken a step towards resolving the situation. The NUJ are also running a campaign to bring attention to the plight of journalists who are losing their jobs with every new closure but that’s to be expected of a journalism union. To see a government committee doing something is a pleasant surprise.

On the 25th March 2009, the UK Parliamentary Committee for Culture, Media and Sport announced a new inquiry into the future of local and regional media. The Committee is seeking the views of interested parties in the form of written submissions by 13th May 2009. Read the rest of this entry »

Online Journalism Blog and Paul Bradshaw

March 13, 2009

“The Online Journalism Blog publishes comment and analysis on developments in online journalism and online news, citizen journalism, blogging, vlogging, photoblogging, podcasts, interactive storytelling, publishing, Computer Assisted Reporting, User Generated Content, searching, online communities, mobile phone journalism, social media and all things internet.”

The blog is written mostly by ten main contributors along with select team of ‘virtual interns’ who contribute on a part-time basis. Read the rest of this entry »

Dating A Banker Anonymous – blog set up to support women struggling to cope with their boyfriend’s shrinking finances.

February 23, 2009

“Are you or someone you love dating a banker? If so, we are here to support you through these difficult times. Dating A Banker Anonymous (DABA) is a safe place where women can come together – free from the scrutiny of feminists– and share their tearful tales of how the mortgage meltdown has affected their relationships. So if your monthly Bergdorf’s allowance has been halved and bottle service has all but disappeared from your life, lighten your heart with laughter and email your stories to Warning all stories sent will be infused with our own special brand of DABA Girl humor.”

Founders of Dating A Banker Anonymous

Megan Petrus and Laney Crowell

Megan Petrus and Laney Crowell were both seeing men who worked in financial services when all of a sudden the economy took a turn for the worst, as did their relationships. Their ‘other-halves’ became distant as their job security became less certain and they were no longer willing to splash the cash and afford their girlfriends with the lifestyles they had become accustomed to. Read the rest of this entry »