Robert Bayley edits the local paper and runs his own business as a proofreader. He is also trained as a Gateway Assessor for Citizens Advice. He has two degrees and two Masters Degrees and still doesn't really know what he wants to do.
Run Your Own Newspaper (Part 5)
I never thought about distribution when I blindly accepted ownership of the local newspaper. Luckily it was already in place, but if you are starting from scratch, obviously you will have to think about it.
Run Your Own Newspaper (Part 4)
Having gotten my hands on the paper, now came the question – what do I fill it with? As you probably already know I took over the paper, so regular contributors were already in place. But I am the editor, I have to have a voice. The first thing that struck me when I started to think about content was… politics. There were two reasons for this:
Run Your Own Newspaper (Part 3)
I didn't know that part of the reason that I was offered the newspaper was that a competing magazine had been created and advertisers for my (soon to be) newspaper were being enticed away partly because the competitor was a glossy and partly because the standard of the newspaper had dropped because the former editor had lost interest. So I had to compete on the two fronts: improve the standard of the newspaper and stop the hemorrhaging of advertisers.
Run Your Own Newspaper (Part 2)
My excitement at becoming a Media Baron soon turned to fear… what now? Well, the beauty of a takeover means almost everything is in place, the only missing ingredient is your own X-factor. So here are the pieces of the newspaper production puzzle that I inherited and put in place:
We're All Doing Just Great
1 THE PAPERS Sam was alone when the papers arrived. Anje had deserted him some months before. She took the kids in the middle of one night when he was asleep. He hadn’t heard anything from her since. Seven years of relationship stopped and that was that.
Spring-Clean by Proxy
Emily Weeks cutting her knee on a piece of glass was only one way the bleak future could have made itself known. But it was dramatic enough.
Run Your Own Newspaper
I was recently watching a European Champion's League game on TV in my local social club when I got a tap on my shoulder. A guy I'd met, but rarely spoken to, started talking about the local newspaper and how he couldn't run his own business and the newspaper at the same time; the upshot was he asked me to take over the newspaper. 'It's yours if you want it,' he said. After the initial surprise I rapidly became taken with the idea, especially when he talked about advertising revenue paying for the running costs and, if there was enough money left over, paying for my efforts into the bargain.
Wall of Kiss by Gina Ranalli
I want to be a wall... Others have described the plot in great detail – woman falls in love with wall. But that doesn't begin to do the story justice. The full relationship arc is in the plot and it's not even one-sided despite the fact that the wall (let's be generous here) can't speak a f****** word. The woman is nuts, but she's also sexy and when the sex does arrive Ranalli makes it entirely plausible and in no way repulsive. If anything, I wanted to be a wall, in that way I might get more action, any action.