UK Magazines

Are We Facing The Death Of The Mainstream UK Press?

Paul Blanchard | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK
Paul Blanchard

The other week I interviewed an old friend, Stig Abell, Editor of the Times Literary Supplement and LBC radio host, for my Media Focus podcast. During...

The Big Issue - Hard Sell

Lisa Ives | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Ives

For a couple of months now there has been a young woman selling the Big Issue magazine outside my local supermarket. Small shop on the High Street, you know the kind of thing. During these months my feelings towards her have spun out of control, from rational to downright, certifiably crazy. And I ask myself why?

How to Write Memorable Characters

Douglas McPherson | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

Clever plots are fine, but it's the characters that bring a story to life. It's the characters that we get emotionally involved with, and which we are likely to remember most when the story's over. So how do you create characters that are memorable, feel like real people, and who stand out not just from those in similar stories but from their fellow cast members in the world they inhabit?

5 Tips When Writing Fiction For Women's Weeklies

Douglas McPherson | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

With the women's weeklies collectively publishing dozens of stories every week, they provide a ready market for any aspiring fiction writer to get in print and earn decent fees while writing about whatever subjects turn them on. Writing for the womags isn't an easy option, however. They have exacting standards.

10 Tips On How To Start Writing

Amani Omejer | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Amani Omejer

If you want to try blogging, set up a blog. If you want to journal, journal. If you want to submit something to a magazine without much writing experience, do it! If you want to spend the next few years writing a book, do that. You don't need to be published to be a writer and you don't need to have been published in order to get published.

NOVA Magazine Is Back

Lou Mensah | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Lou Mensah

New director brings Nova, the controversial magazine of the 60's to the cinema. Credit Film Still © Kes Glozier & Nate Camponi Kez Glozier. Creat...

Art History Revisonism Through Fashion: The Rise Of Visual Experimentation On Instagram

Lou Mensah | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Style
Lou Mensah

Credit 'Queen of Christian' by Edwin Antonio PhotoVogue featuring Dior Shoes EAS © Original painting, Frederic Leighton, Flaming June,1895, Museo de ...

Fashion Provocateurs: The New Photographer Making The Personal Political

Lou Mensah | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Style
Lou Mensah

Then there are images that draw us in, over and above aesthetics. I wondered how the new generation of photographers, those with a timely political agenda, make a place for themselves at the visual pulpit?

My Week at Heat Magazine

Chloe Cox | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Chloe Cox

It was the best work experience I've ever had, and if there's anything I've learnt it is to talk to as many people as possible, be confident, kind, and invest in a packet of biscuits. I felt so privileged to have been offered such a rare insight to working life and each day I left the office happy, driven and ready for more!

Rejecting the Social Constructs of Masculinity and Femininity

Jojo Furnival | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

A couple of weeks ago, I listened to some guy on Radio 2 expressing his point of view on masculinity and the topic of men crying. Real men don't cry, he said. "There are plenty of things that bring a lump to my throat, but that doesn't mean I'm going to start blubbing like a little girl." Wow.

Magazine Responds To Lena Dunham's Photoshop Claims

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Spanish magazine Tentaciones has issued a response to Lena Dunham after she called them out for 'Photoshopping' her body. Dunham shared a photo on...

Let's Be Friends, Fashion's Latest Trend #LFW AW16

Lou Mensah | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Style
Lou Mensah

Having worked at the fashion coalface for over 15 years, as a photographer, PR and writer, I now balance on the edge of the bubble, peeping in. I advise retail clients on how to respond to their customers changing needs.

Why Women's Magazines Need to Be Rewritten

Fran Hayden | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Fran Hayden

They need to realise that the messages that they present on the covers of their magazines are seen by everybody - young women do not walk around with blinkers on and there is no age limit to when someone starts feeling self-conscious about their body or when collapse of self-esteem is imminent.

Louise Ridley

The Slow Demise Of Lads Mags In 6 Stages | Louise Ridley | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK

The news that Playboy magazine may no longer feature nude models is no surprise. From next March, the print version of Playboy will offer "women in...

Why Digital Will Be The Saviour Of Publishing

Marie Carter | Posted 01.10.2016 | UK Tech
Marie Carter

The evolution of mobile tech and faster connections (viable 4G in many areas) alongside greater digital 'savviness' are all creating a new publishing revolution. As devices get smarter and mobile connectivity starts to match Wi-Fi speed, digital magazines and newspapers can really take flight.

Mick Wall - A Life in Rock

Chris Saunders | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Chris Saunders

Anyone with a vested interest in rock music or journalism, or even, God forbid, the product of a sordid union between the two, will know who Mick Wall is. He made his name on Sounds magazine in the late 70's, wrote for Kerrang! throughout the 80's heyday of heavy metal, and was a founding editor of Classic Rock in the 90s.

Free NME - Madness or a Smart Move?

Paul Blanchard | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Paul Blanchard

They're not a daily newspaper but a niche weekly magazine assumed by all to appeal only to a young demographic? Many of the commentariat think not. And there is certainly an argument that NME's readership is teenagers who, unlike Evening Standard fans, are not going to pick up a free copy to read on their commute to work.

Meet The 3 Teen Vogue Cover Stars Who Have Got Everyone Talking About Race

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Style

Teen Vogue has got everyone talking about race by featuring three non-white models on its cover, following criticism for their use of a light skinned ...

The Dark Art of Public Relations Goes Legit

Alan Edwards | Posted 22.05.2016 | UK
Alan Edwards

When I began working in the PR industry - although there were so few of us then you could hardly call it an industry - I never dreamt that the masses ...

Scents and Dark Confessions: The Rise of the Magazine

Peter McGuire | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK
Peter McGuire

Magazines are closing down, newspapers are struggling, and you're reading this online. Print is dying, right? Two young Irish writers beg to differ. They're proving that there's a growing market for high-quality, aesthetically attractive, content-driven niche publications.

How to Get to the Top of Apple's Newsstand Chart

Mark Roland | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Tech
Mark Roland

Just as we were thinking about launching a magazine independently, financed by maxed out credit cards and money found down the back of the sofa, it seemed that suddenly we could slug it out with the big boys and girls on an almost even playing ground. We would be able to get to our niche audience via the magic of the internet.

Death of the Lad: From 'Loaded' Culture to Clarkson

Dan Tickner | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dan Tickner

So what's left for the lad in 2015? Waking up to the frightening realization that they've signed the petition to keep Clarkson at Top Gear and Kanye out of Glastonbury on the same day. It's enough to make anyone depressed.

What Can Businesses Learn From the Independent Magazine Renaissance?

Mark Hooper | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK
Mark Hooper

Many 'old media' titles have shot themselves in the foot by ceding editorial independence in order to keep advertisers sweet. But by losing their voice and their integrity, they are also losing the readers they rely on to keep their ad rates high.

Publication paradise

Danielle Wood | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Danielle Wood

It is not only the magazines which cost a small fortune that catch my eye, it's the freebies that are distributed at underground stations for your journey home: Stylist and Shortlist. My publication passion stems from my obsession with culture and need for current affairs across all realms.

Why Did This Magazine Take A Photoshop Hatchet To Kate's Face?

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

An Australian magazine has been shamed on social media after photoshopping Kate Middleton's beautiful face and making her look, well, terrible. Don...