Rise & Fall of Local Newspapers: Steve Lowe

"We will look at the rise and fall of local newspapers, mainly but not entirely, through the rise and fall of Bedfordshire on Sunday. We will study the rise of local newspapers from the 19th Century and how they evolved before seeing how a non-community free newspaper took the trade by storm, before evetually going the way of so many newspapers. Finally we will try and look in to the future and whether local newspapers, in various forms will be part of that future."

Tutor: Steve Lowe

"Steve Lowe is a journalist, academic and one-time local politician. He first began working for Bedfordshire on Sunday as a political reporter and commentator in 1996. In 1999 he became the news editor and in 2000 the editor. After leaving in 2014 he has worked as a freelance journalist. Steve gained a BSc (Hons) at the OU in Politics and an MSc at Birkbeck College, University of London, in European Politics and Globalisation. He has lectured on politics and journalism at the University of Bedfordshire, Press Association, and at many colleges and secondary schools."