This week’s Media Updates covers changes at news titles including the The Sun, BBC Radio and The Spectator; fashion and lifestyle changes at MailOnline and ShortList; business changes The Lawyer and Estates Gazette. Also, find out what’s new on Cision’s blog including the Top 10 UK Beauty VLOGS, an interview with The Sunday Times columnist Katie Glass and Speedy Spotlights with leading bloggers.
News & Current Affairs
- Jo Sayer has been promoted to writer for The Sun’s TV Magazine
- Presenters Sunny and Shay Grewal are joining BBC WM 95.6 and taking over the station’s afternoon show, Monday to Thursday, from 2pm on 25 August
- Kim Inam has left as news editor of North London Newspapers
- After more than 25 years working for the paper, Graeme Anderson is leaving the Sunderland Echo to go freelance
- Ciaran Jones has been appointed content editor at Wales Online
- Cambridge News is being revamped from September with a vibrant new look and new sections covering sport, business, entertainment and lifestyle
- The Spectator has announced changes to its editorial team. MD Freddy Gray, has been appointed deputy editor; Igor Toronyi-Lalic, who has been running the new Culture House blog becomes arts editor; Lara Prendergast has been made deputy online editor; Lucy Vickery becomes life editor which is in addition to her role as deputy arts editor; Damian Thompson, former blogs editor at the Daily Telegraph, joins as an associate editor; Liz Anderson has retired as arts editor after 23 years at the magazine; David Blackburn, the blogs editor, has left and his successor will be named in the autumn; Isabel Hardman was promoted to assistant editor and Mary Wakefield has become commissioning editor at the publication.
Fashion, Lifestyle & Entertainment
- Nicola Fahey has been appointed as a showbiz reporter at The Sun
- Donna McConnell has confirmed via Twitter that she has left her role as showbiz editor at MailOnline
- Clique is no longer in print production. The magazine announce on Facebook that its directors are now in discussions with publishing groups to implement the technology in their titles
- David Cornish has been promoted to staff writer at ShortList.com. He was previously editorial assistant at the publication.
- Bauer Media’s women’s magazine, Cosmopolitan, is going mobile with the launch of a new app of the magazine
Business & Finance
- Nick Whitten has announced via Twitter that he is leaving his role as news editor at Estates Gazette. Jack Sidders has replaced him in the role.
- Natasha Bernal has joined The Lawyer as a reporter, the magazine announced via Twitter
- Tan Parsons has been appointed as editor at Better Wholesaling
Make up, camera, action! Cision UK presents its first Vlog ranking with the Top 10 Beauty vlogs
Vlogging has turned into a lucrative industry, pushing many to ditch their degrees and full-time jobs for a leading role in their own show with only a webcam and internet connection for overheads. We take a look at the business of vlogs and how brands are making it a marketing reality.
Whether it’s about slut shaming, mortgages, webcam girls or the civil unrest in Egypt, The Sunday Times columnist, Katie Glass brings wit, lucidity and a sense of ease to the multitude of topics she writes on. Taking time out from the story she is covering in Wales, Katie spoke to Cision about how she uses social media to do her job, the challenges of publishing behind a paywall, working with PRs and why she’s a bit geeky.
Cision asked Britain’s leading bloggers, Jane Cunningham, author of the UK’s number one beauty blog, British Beauty Blogger and Amber McNaught, author of a successful network of fashion, lifestyle and beauty blogs, on their thoughts on whether honest reviews are a thing of the past.
August typically marks the start of the UK’s busiest travel month as millions of holiday makers set out to make the most of the summer sun. But in light of recent incidents such as the Ebola virus outbreak and tragedies involving air travel – it seems likely that this year confidence to travel overseas might take a beating. It is no wonder that many travel-related businesses, Travel PR firms and even media reports on the holiday season have ditched the sun screening tips for travel safety. In this post we’ve collated some key messages tweeted over the past 10 days that reflect the overall sentiment this year