Press Gazette July edition preview: Top 50 sport journalists, Will Lewis in Daily Mail move?, how to ditch your publisher

The big set-piece of the July edition of Press Gazette is the top 50 sport journalists.

Unlike most such lists this one isn’t just cobbled together over a liquid lunch, it is based on a survey of 150 journalists working in the field and 1,000 members of the public. We’ll be teasing some of the results online but as ever, to read the whole thing you have to subscribe.

Our cover feature, Brand Me!, looks at journalists like Martin Lewis, Zoe Griffin and Rick Waghorn who have cut their publisher out of the equation and sought to become brands in their own right.

Lewis’s website attracts some 9m unique users a month so he isn’t doing too badly. Grifffin has already equalled her old Sunday Mirror salary with her Party Princess site.

Also in the July edition:

We asked Steve Dyson to give some insight into what is going on at the Mirror titles where some 200 journalists are facing the axe. He should know after going through the same process at the Trinity Mirror-owned Birmingham Mail two years ago:

“Editors do not enter journalism to work with faceless, cost-cutting consultants armed with rolls of brown paper, considering the supposed wastefulness of existing workflows.”

In the Big Interview, David Goodhart talks about moving on after 15 years as editor of Prospect.

Grey Cardigan finds that the crass stupidity of management has reached a new low.

Lori Miles tries out the new must-have battery-operated portable pleasure device for Cosmo girls, the Ipad.

Alex Thomson invites John Simpson to try working in the commercial broadcasting sector if he really wants to experience life on the edge.

And David Banks casts his mind back to 1992 when, as editor of the Daily Mirror, he had to axe even more jobs than current editor Richard Wallace is having to.

In The Gear we catch up with the UK’s leading hacks on bikes, and find out why Jon Snow needs a really big bell.

Dan McDougall reveals the story behind the story of his investigation into Zimbabwe’s blood diamond fields, Kevin Marsh weighs into tabloid entrapment tactics, The Guardian’s Jack Schofield provides a technology masterclass and Simon Singh explains why his advice to anyone being sued today is to settle as soon as possible.

James Brabazon explains why he was prepared to join the Equatorial Guniea coup; the leaders of the UK’s top journalism training establishments say last year’s graduates are now in jobs and the FT’s Stefan Stern explains why he is packing in journalism to join the world of PR.

And finally, Axegrinder explains why he thinks Will Lewis is set to succeed Paul Dacre at the Daily Mail.

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