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I am an experienced online journalist and political editor working for Trinity Mirror papers in the West Midlands and the North East, based in the Parliamentary Press Gallery at Westminster.

I understand how government, Parliament and political parties work. I am equally at home digging out stories from data, social media or interviews as I am covering major set-piece events or explaining how things work to readers.

I produce content which is shareable and promote my work on social media.

My experience with content management systems and knowledge of HTML allows me to include charts, embedded content from third parties and formatting in my work, to create content which encourages interaction and keeps readers on the page.

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My boss, Birmingham Mail editor Steve Dyson, has posted his thoughts on the state of the local newspaper industry on the messageboard of The Stirrer, a local news website.

What I thought was particularly interesting was his point that newspapers are still making money (even during this recession).

It's a point I've made on this blog before, but a lot of discussion about the state of the industry seems to be based on the assumption - sometimes explicitly stated - that local papers are not profitable.

That's just factually wrong. Of course, one might still predict that they won't be profitable in the future, but anyone who claims they're not making money now is mistaken.

As Steve also says, the profits are lower than they used to be. Trinity Mirror recorded a profit margin of 17.2 per cent for its regionals in 2008, which is down from 24.5 per cent a year earlier (although still a good profit margin compared to most other industries).

He suggests that the newspaper industry will have to accept that the days of 30 per cent margins are gone for good.

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Jonathan Walker Political Editor of the Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail, Sunday Mercury, Coventry Telegraph, Newcastle Journal, Newcastle Chronicle and Sunday Sun.

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