Sunday reading: Newspaper sales, #1000flowers and Leeds Trinity Journalism Week

Sales of all of Yorkshire’s daily newspapers continued to fall in the second half of last year, according to figures released this week by the Audit Bureau of Circulation.

Leeds Citizen blog reports that among the biggest losers were two of the three Johnston Press dailies in our region. The Yorkshire Evening Post (YEP) saw its average daily print circulation fall year-on-year by 10.5% to 31,198. The blog says the YEP has lost over a third of its paying readers (17,866 or 36%) over the past five years.

As one of the commenters, Steve Williamson from Beeston, says:

“The local press is in a vicious circle – fewer sales, fewer journalists, fewer interesting articles, fewer sales…”

It is worth pointing out that the YEP’s online audience has grown to 38% to 38,895 average daily unique visitors.

It would be interesting to see the split between sport and news – and exactly how much the sports coverage (namely Leeds United and possibly Leeds Rhinos) is leading these figures – regular checks on the YEP’s most popular stories widget show articles getting the most ‘hits’ are usually dominated by Leeds United.

The Morley Observer and Advertiser’s print circulation has decreased 5.1% to 4,226, and The Wetherby News is down 19.2% to 3,123. Newsquest’s Wharfedale Observer, which covers Otley, Bramhope, Pool-in-Wharfedale, Guiseley, Yeadon, Rawdon and Horsforth is down 3.5% to 3,436.

Morning regional paper the Yorkshire Post saw sales reduce by a more modest 6.4% to 35,940. Of more worry to Johnston Press are the figures for the Yorkshire Post online, which also show a decrease.

#1000flowers event

Just a reminder that Jamie Conway, the CEO of MadeTelevision, and winner of the OfCom Local TV licence for Newcastle and Leeds will be in conversation with David Hayward of the BBC College of Journalism at #1000flowers in Newcastle on Tuesday, 5 March.

#1000flowers is for those that believe that the Digital Revolution is turning our world upside down – particularly in the field of Local TV.

It is for those that share the belief of Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt that the winning platforms of the future will be ‘local, social and mobile…’

It also features Lee Hicken and Simon Zimmerman from Leeds’ own www.thecitytalking.com in conversation about how to get a city talking.

More details about the #1000flowers here.

And the rest …

Leeds Trinity University in Horsforth held its annual Journalism Week. I couldn’t get to it sadly, but followed the #ltjw hashtag with interest. An impressive array of top speakers from national websites, newspapers, television and radio delivered insights into their professions and the technologies and techniques they use. Check out the Journalism Week blog for more.

Below is a video of one of the sessions featuring Isi Abebe from Made In Leeds TV, which recently won the franchise to run local TV for the city, starting in November.

Town Hall ‘pravdas’ have come under fresh attack from government.

There’s a lovely post on the Guardian Local project, beatblogging and my Cardiff colleague Hannah Waldram courtesy @srkellypage.

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