LIVE: Leeds United reporter reflects on changes in the journalism industry

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By Matthew Brannen and Tom Connell 

A local football reporter reflected on the changes in the media industry and local journalism over the past 15 years.

Phil is the chief football writer at the Yorkshire Evening Post and is responsible for the daily coverage of Leeds United Football Club.

He said: “The industry has changed beyond all recognition since I graduated in 2001.”

“When I graduated he says there was no online audience at all- there has been a shift in recent years towards online journalism, and it was impossible to envisage this happening eight years ago.

“Newspapers are still making more money at the moment as there is an issue with papers struggling to make money from online content.

“It is difficult to imagine newspapers now surviving without also having a website.”

Phil also reflected that through the internet, traditional  restrictions on reporting have been removed as before newspaper websites, there was no scope for reporting until  printing resumed the next day.

Phil added: “The situation has now changed and the landscape is completely different. Nowadays we are all things to all men.”

As well as the internet creating the possibility of 24 hour reporting, Phil told the audience how it has also created additional job roles, as social media and digital content are posts that can be applied for.

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