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About me

I’m Patrick Smith and this is my site. I’m a 27 28-year-old freelance journalist based in London, specialising in the media industry.

Among other things, I’m interested in the development of newspapers, magazines, mobile publishing and the evolution of journalism, as well as the financial and economic development of the publishing industry.

I’m editor and chief analyst of TheMediaBriefing, the first site from Briefingmedia Ltd, a company founded by Neil Thackray and Rory Brown. It’s a real-time intelligence platform that mixes the best of semantic tagging and linked data with old-fashioned industry commentary from expert commentators.

Before that I was the UK correspondent for ContentNext, the Guardian News & Media-owned publisher of paidContent:UK and Before that I was the newspapers correspondent for trade magazine Press Gazette, where I became thoroughly obsessed with newspaper circulation figures.

I’ve appeared on Sky News, BBC Radio 4, local BBC radio as a talking head pundit on new media, as well as several conference and seminar appearences. I’ve written for several magazines and newspapers along the way, including the Yorkshire Evening Post, Uncut, The Fly and the NUJ’s Journalist magazine.

When not doing all that, I support Sheffield Wednesday and make sweet music


  • Nominated for Digital Editorial Individual 2011 at the AOP Awards.
  • Nominated for Best Feature Writer and Best Reporter at the PTC New Journalist Awards 2007
  • Yorkshire TV student journalist of the year 2006


  • Named as one of’s “five blogs to watch in 2010“, also deemed one of the best Twitterers to follow in 2010 and 2011.
  • Press Gazette editor Dominic Ponsford: “Patrick is a gifted journalist who ‘gets’ the internet in more ways than one. He can write about it and do stuff with it as well.”
  • Peter Kirwan, “At paidContent, Patrick Smith, has followed every twist and turn in the paywall saga…”
  • Mike Butcher, Techcrunch Europe: “.@psmith thanks for your awesome blogging of #GeeknRolla this week #gknr”
  • The Royal Statistical Society on my data and journalism event: “An encouragingly packed house at the Frontline Club for their session on data skills and techniques for journalists last night. They’d put together an excellent selection of speakers, well-chosen to represent the different skills involved in turning data into stories.