My little dig at the Weatherfield Gazette’s front page last month has clearly struck a chord with the editor. The paper has undergone a bit of a makeover. Out has gone the spindly and badly-tracked Arial Bold and in has come the chunky Arial Black caps, which have been barely tampered with at all. There are no spelling mistakes in the splash headline either, which is always a bonus. The changes were spotted by my eagle-eyed colleague Alan Geere while getting his Bank Holiday Coronation Street fix tonight. He rightly pointed out, though, that the paper shouldn’t really be using an ampersand and the question mark is probably necessary. The headline font isn’t up to much either but let’s not be churlish. This is definitely progress. It looks like a cracking tale too - I bet the copies were flying off the shelves at the Kabin (especially as the Gazette doesn’t appear to give its stories away online). By the next episode they will hopefully have addressed the ugly and unreadable blurb across the top ...
Sands Media Services is a training and design consultancy run by Peter and Pam Sands. Peter is consultant trainer on the Daily Mail graduate programme in London, New York and Sydney. He is a former editor of The Northern Echo, non-executive director of Northcliffe Media, director at PA Training and from 2006-2011 was chairman of the judges in the Regional Press Awards. He has redesigned 90 newspapers and magazines and is in demand as a trainer, speaker and editorial consultant. Pam is a former director of the Editorial Centre and Press Association Training. Our partners include Press Association Training, ffresh, the visual communications company run by Mike Brough, Alan Geere, Brian Page and other senior journalists and designers.
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Peter Sands has organised, run and chaired conferences for many major media groups including Johnston Press, Archant and Northcliffe.
Peter has assisted media groups and newspaper titles in changing their structure, market position and in drawing up their business strategy. He was editorial director of Northcliffe newspapers from 2011 to 2013, helping the group get in shape ready for its sale. Peter has also assisted in change projects at newspapers including the Irish Independent, the Belfast Telegraph, the Inverness Courier, the Irish News, Allied Newspapers (Malta), the Guernsey Press, North Wales Weekly Newspapers, the Irish Examiner, the Evening Echo (Cork), Archant and many others.
Peter writes regular columns for InPublishing magazine and is a regular contributor to national newspaper sports pages. His specialist subjects include the media, management, training, football, Newcastle United FC, travel, the Languedoc area of France and human interest articles.