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September 16 2010


August 19 2010


Calls for local media to apply for Olympics accreditation

Local news organisations are reminded they can now apply for accreditation to cover the 2012 Olympics in London in a release from the Newspaper Society.

Companies wishing to send journalists and photographers to the games must apply to the British Olympic Association (BOA) by the final deadline of 15 October.

The Society says it has held talks with both the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) and BOA to remind them how “uniquely placed” local media are to cover the event.

The NS has re-iterated that it is vital that the organisers of the Games should take full account of the particular role and needs of the local and regional press both in terms of those applying for full accreditation and in respect of non-accredited journalists, including as regards access to local venues and facilities to follow and report on particular athletes’ progress. The NS has also raised the issue of balancing broadcast rights against the needs of legitimate reportage on newspapers’ own websites, including blogs.

Applications for accreditation must be made using the downloadable form on the BOA website. According to the NS, accreditation for non rights-holding broadcasters is managed by the International Olympic Committee with application forms available in March next year.Similar Posts:

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July 22 2010


Tributes published after former Newspaper Society president passes away

Tributes has been made to former Newspaper Society president Robbie Thomas, whose death was reported on Tuesday.

David Robert Thomas, who was 78 when he passed away in hospital, was president of the society in 1985, shortly before he retired from his post as managing director of North Wales Newspapers in 1987.

The County Times ran a piece on the former MD of its parent company:

In 1973 he was instrumental in launching the then Evening Leader (…) He was president of the Newspaper Society in 1985, and had been a key negotiator with unions at a time when industry-wide agreements were the norm.

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January 28 2010


Newspaper society calls for urgent action over council newspapers

The Newspaper Society has called for an urgent meeting with the UK government, demanding curbs on council-run publications, which it believes create “direct competition” to regional and local newspapers.

“Central government must not turn a blind eye to this practice any longer,” said David Newel, NS director. “It undermines local democracy and must be stopped.”

Earlier this week, the NS criticised the Audit Commission’s newly published research on council media, arguing that the report did not not address the “key issue” of the publications’ impact on independent local media.

Trinity Mirror CEO Sly Bailey said: “The Audit Commission’s involvement has been a complete waste of time as we knew it would be.

“It was obvious they were the wrong body to assess competition in the local media market or the impact of local activities on commercial entities. In some cases, council newspapers are using tax-payers’ money to compete directly with the independent free press.”

Full release at this link…

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November 25 2009


Media Release: Newspaper Society launches new audience measuring system

The Newspaper Society has launched Locally Connected, what it calls ‘the UK’s first integrated print and online audience currency’.

It’s a new way of measuring newpapers’ print and online reach: “The development of a robust and reliable system of multimedia audience measurement has been one of the biggest challenges facing all media today,” said NS president, David Fordham.

“Locally Connected now gives advertisers a unique cross-media planning system, allowing them to effectively target local communities across the UK in print as well as online.”

To mark its launch, the NS announced that research conducted by Telmar showed websites extend local newspaper audience reach by 14 per cent, ‘particularly among upmarket and core middle age groups’.

“On average the research shows us that a monthly online campaign in conjunction with a single advertisement in the newspaper will increase reach by 14 per cent- and in some cases much more,” said Dick Dodson, managing director of Telmar Europe.
“This additional reach will be more upmarket and in the core 25-64 age group since the website audiences are significantly biased towards these groups compared to the newspaper audiences.”

In addition, the NS is carrying out a ‘qualitative digital insight project’ which will look at how people engage with their local newspaper website.

Full release at this link…

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