Digital Vs Traditional – news 21st century style


News is wonderful stuff. Rolling out 24 hours a day, seven days a week it’s a constant source of info and even intrigue in an ever changing world. These days you can choose how and when you download then digest the latest events. It’s fair to say we’ve come a long way from the days […]

Newletter Content Ideas

Newsletters and company magazines are a great communication tool. No matter what way you look at at, they can help raise your company profile and ultimately gain more business. Online or in print, they project your company image to staff, customers and potential clients. Coming up with fresh, interesting copy week after week, month after […]

What is an Advertorial?

Advertorials have been around for a long time. Local newspapers, national magazines and daily papers all use advertorials as a way to market products and services. But unlike features and news stories, advertorials are still seen as mysterious – the black sheep of the writing family that nobody quite understands. So how do you make advertorials […]

Making the News Relevant

Being in charge of your company website, blog or newsletter can be a great job. But as Uncle Ben would say ‘with great power comes great responsibility’. Getting started… Coming up with good ideas at the concept stage usually isn’t a problem. If you’re lucky enough to have a team of people helping you it […]

‘News In Brief’ is not just for tabloids

  Ask anyone if they’ve heard of ‘News in Brief’ and chances are you’ll get a raunchy answer. For ever since the phrase was hijacked by The Sun newspaper years ago, it’s originally meaning has been gradually forgotten. While it’s fair to say the future of The Sun itself now looks a little rocky, it’s […]

Why Style Books Still Matter

Style Books have always played an important role in publishing. Among the mass media, newspapers and magazines in particular constantly rely on a uniform style. The world ‘Style’ is even derived from the Latin for ‘pen’ and in a way, it’s an attempt to impose a little bit of order to what can be a […]

The Art of the In-House Mag

In-house magazines are now big news. Wherever you look, companies are seeing the benefits of generating their own eye-catching content. From supermarkets and boutique shops to insurance firms and charities, own-brand mags are all the rage. So what’s the secret to a great lifestyle read?

Meaningful Communication

Most modern companies know just how important communication is. Whether it’s with clients, potential customers or staff, many will spend lots of time and money writing to customers, issuing statements and publishing newsletters. If they have a good marketing plan in operation, they will also be active on Facebook and have an army of followers […]

Free Magazines – Apprentice Style

Anyone who watched The Apprentice on Wednesday night will know all about free magazines. Right from the start the two teams had very different ideas about the challenge Lord Sugar had put before them. Free magazines are one of the latest innovations in the magazine industry. Relying solely on the revenue created from advertising space, […]

The Secret Behind Successful Advertorials

Whether we know it or not, We have all at some point read an advertorial. Flick through any magazine or newspaper, and you’re likely to come across a piece of writing which looks like any other article – apart from one crucial difference. Advertorials are paid for by companies and organisations who want to sell […]

Stop Procrastinating & Start Writing

If you’ve been given the job of updating the company blog or newsletter even just knowing where to start can feel intimidating. We are all experts at putting things off. When a task looms large in our heads, it can sometimes feel easier to just ignore it and do something easier instead. All writers procrastinate. […]

How to Write Headlines

A quick heads up on why the words at the top matter. Headline writing is a true art form. Armed with just a few well chosen words you can convey a great deal within a matter of seconds. It’s no surprise then that with so much riding on headlines a lot of thought goes into their […]

My Top Writing Hates

Writing for a living can be very rewarding. Every day you create something new; bringing new ideas to life. But EVERYONE has little bugbears about their profession and writing is no exception. Now it goes without saying that I love what I do… but every so often I feel the need to count to ten. […]