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New start, new beginning

After 14 months, a lot of articles and a lot of learning, I’m leaving paidContent:UK at the end of the year to find new opportunities. Jon wrote about it here.

I’ll be working as a freelance and will look to carry on writing about the digital landscape both in print and online, but I’m also looking for opportunities in events, social media & PR. I’m also in the very early stages of planning my own online venture, which I hope to speak more about soon.

It’s been a great year working with some of the best journalists – in fact, the best – covering digital media today and it’s been hugely satisfying seeing PCUK grow in popularity and stature, while also working on the main site. I have no doubts ContentNext will continue to be a success next year and beyond and I can only thank them for giving me the chance to be involved.

Anyone interested in talking about commissions, business ideas, speaking/panel gigs or pints in pubs please drop me a line on Twitter or on patricksmithjournalist at gmail dot com.

paidContent:UK is hiring for another reporter, so if you’re interested, drop the guys a line.

p.s. This isn’t the longest gap between blog posts ever, though it might be close…


From Press Gazette to paidContent

The future beckons. My big news is that I’m leaving Press Gazette this week to join paidContent as UK correspondent. Read the announcement here.

Tameka Kee also joins as West Coast correspondent based in Santa Monica, so congratulations to her.

I’ll be the company’s London-based reporter writing mainly for It is, to say the least, a very exciting job in a very exciting sector.

And it’s the end of two years at Press Gazette, where I learned more than is practically possible and worked with great people. I’ve been written about many awards nights, redundancies, court cases, campaigns, leaked emails, sackings – and – the audience’s gradual move from print to screen, the birth of video and audio journalism as a mainstream disciplines in newspaper offices, the erosion of traditional financial models and the current search for new ones.

My contact for any tips, stories, ideas or just to say hello, is and I continue to use And as ever I’ll be at