Some thoughts on the launch of a new print-first newspaper in Tunbridge Wells

Interesting news from my old patch today with the announcement of the launch of a new print-first weekly newspaper for Tunbridge Wells, a well-heeled Kentish town whose media landscape is currently dominated by the Local World-owned Kent and Sussex Courier. The decision to launch The Times of Tunbridge Wells with a print focus comes at a time when the march of the local press seems to be almost exclusively towards digital, as evidenced by the decision by Trinity Mirror last year to go online-only in Berkshire.

I was particularly struck – for two reasons – by this quote from Times of Tunbridge Wells editorial director Richard Moore given to the Press Gazette:

The Courier’s main emphasis is online, our main focus will be to provide quality print copy. We will have a more serious news approach and also cover national news.

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My five takeaways from the Journalism.co.uk news:rewired digital journalism conference

On Wednesday I joined scores of journalists from around the world for the news:rewired digital journalism conference organised by the good folks at Journalism.co.uk.

As always there were plenty of great speakers, representing organisations including The Wall Street Journal, the BBC, Facebook and BuzzFeed, and lots to think about as the digital revolution continues to disrupt and challenge the business of news.

Each of the sessions that took place in London this week are covered in depth on the news:rewired website, but here are the five things I took away from the conference:

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London Social Media Summit 2014: Radar’s Libby Powell talks about the power of SMS reporting

Last month I was fortunate to be able to attend the London Social Media Summit 2014 organised by the BBC College of Journalism and the New York Times.

There were a number of interesting keynotes and panels featuring senior figures from a diverse range of organisations including the BBC, Twitter and BuzzFeed, but the talk which struck me most was delivered by director of Radar, Libby Powell.

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