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David Montgomery of Local World. Photograph: The Guardian



Here are SubScribe's posts on local newspapers:

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

The full Monty: the Local World vision and how it is already working

David Montgomery has alarmed and disappointed his staff, the industry and outside observers with his plans for his group. He needs a good PR and a sub, but some ideas are already being put into practice. Click here


Friday, 22 November 2013

Montgomery's vision for his local papers - translated into plain English

The Local World chief's 2,200-word document detailing his proposals for the reorganisation of more than a hundred papers and websites is a triumph of jargon and bullshitspeak. SubScribe offers a translation.
Click here


And here is the original in full:

Role of the Journalist in the Transformed Local World

Skills and tasks of the senior journalist

Role and skills of the Content Manager/Director

Structure of the Content Department

Recruitment and Training of journalists



Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Why local newspapers have to change

David Montgomery is right to ditch the traditional model, but crowdsourcing may not produce the results he wants  Click here


Thursday, 2 May 2013

The Pirates of Parkham

Distinguished speaker who came to talk about fighting Somali pirates saw the funny side when the WI dressed up as Long John Silver et al. But did the local paper see the story? Click here


Thursday, 18 April 2013

Double take on the funeral blues

The Northern Echo printed two 'front pages' for Margaret Thatcher's funeral, inviting newsagents to display the one that would most appeal to their customers. Ingenuity or indecision? Click here



Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Why local newspapers matter

Ashley Highfield of Johnston Press announces that some of his dailies are to turn weekly as he enforces cuts and mergers at the group. Local paper circulations are plunging and Highfield's solution is 'to emulate Mumsnet'. Will it work and does it matter? Click here

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