This week’s Media Updates covers moves and changes at news titles including MailOnline and the Press Association; fashion, lifestyle and entertainment titles including Brides magazine and The Country Living; business and finance changes at just-drinks and Airline Fleet Management; and health, science and technology changes at Digital Spy and SC Magazine
News & Current Affairs
- Hayden Smith has been appointed home affairs correspondent at the Press Association
- Ben Clerkin has been appointed UK associate editor (global) at Mail Online. He joins from the Daily Telegraph where he was deputy news editor
- Malcolm Warne, the long standing editor of the Darlington & Stockton Times, has stepped down from his post after 23 years
Fashion, Lifestyle & Entertainment
- Sarah Hourahane has been appointed online content editor at Brides magazine
- Tom Chapman has been appointed style editor at So So Gay
- Maria Bell has been appointed acting editor at SoFeminine, covering for Ursula Dewey’s maternity leave
- Kitty Corrigan has been appointed acting features editor at Country Living, covering for Ruth Chandler while she is on maternity leave
- Cliff Joannou has been appointed deputy editor at Attitude Magazine
- DC Thomson has appointed Gareth Whelan editor-in-chief of its children’s magazine portfolio, Boys’ Magazines
Business & Finance
- Andy Morton has been promoted to news and insights editor at just -drinks. He was previously a reporter on the website
- Mary-Ann Baldwin has stepped down as editor of Airline Fleet Management magazine
Health, Science & Technology
Tom Reeve has been appointed senior reporter at SC Magazine. He was previously editor at SecurityNewsDesk
Stephen Harris announced via Twitter that he has been appointed commissioning editor at Conversation UK, covering science, technology and health
Matt Hill has been appointed deputy editor at Digital Spy. He was previously editor at T3 and Gizmodo UK
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PRs ignoring you on social media? Almost 40 per cent of PRs never respond to media requests made on social media – just one of the eye-popping findings from Cision’s latest research, conducted in association with Canterbury Christ Church University.
According to Cision UK’s Social PR Study 2015, the majority of PRs are happy with their relationship with media professionals yet nearly half of all respondents said that they are less reliant on journalists because of social media. A further 34% of PRs agreed outright that journalists were no longer as important to them because of social media.
The UK PR industry has got its ‘mojo’ back, concludes PRWeek after a study showed that fee incomes earned by top agencies crossed the £1bn mark in 2014, a 10% increase from the previous year.
The Top 150 PR consultancies list, which ranks agencies according to fee income, found that when adjusted for inflation, the real growth in 2014 was nearly double the real growth for 2013.
An interview with Kristina Suzanne, a lifestyle blogger. Kristina spoke to us about what it takes to start a blog, how she measures the success of her site and the five best practices that bloggers should follow for better outreach.
An interview with Heather Nixon, author of the beauty, lifestyle and fashion blog, Of Beauty and Nothingness. Heather spoke to us about her blog’s design, working with brand marketers and the five best practices every PR should follow for better blogger outreach