About Prolific North and Community Guidelines

Prolific North logoProlific North Limited is an independently-owned publishing company based in Manchester whose first title is www.prolificnorth.co.uk.

The company started publishing news on 14 January 2013.

On 17 July 2013, we published a report on our first six months of trading.

In October 2013, the company  acquired a news web site called MediaCity Blog which it relaunched in November 2013 as MediaCity Daily. MCD has over 19,000 Twitter followers and a related web site and Twitter operation called MediaCity Jobs.

The report can be found here.

If you have any comments please either email the news team at news@prolificnorth.co.uk or alternatively contact the publisher directly at nick@prolificnorth.co.uk

For jobs or advertising enquiries, please contact Jill Taylor at jill@prolificnorth.co.uk

Or join the conversation by leaving comments on stories and following us on Twitter @prolificnorth


Writers and contacts at Prolific North

Media and creative services in the North are thriving, it’s a critical part of the region’s economy and now it has its own publication - Prolific North.

Since its launch in January 2013, Prolific North has become the destination for news, informed opinion, features and some occasional gossip about the comings and goings of creative and media companies in the North and their key staff.

The team behind Prolific North has significant experience of working in this field.

The core editorial team is comprised of three leading journalists: Stephen Chapman, David Prior and Sarah Hartley.

Prior has 15 years' experience in media and marketing, as a journalist with the Press Association, Liverpool Daily Post and North West Enquirer before moving into agency-side marketing with Golley Slater, Prior Communications and Delineo, where he was head of digital.

Chapman spent five years at Granada Reports before moving into the independent sector as a producer - receiving critical acclaim for a reinvention of The Tube for Channel 4’s short-lived radio venture. In 2008 he established his own company making documentary features and producing corporate work for a list of high profile clients. He's also worked as a producer, journalist and newsreader for the BBC and ILRs in London and across the North and Midlands. He also worked with How-Do for three years.

Hartley previously headed up the Guardian’s Local initiative in Leeds, Cardiff and Edinburgh as well as co-founding The Northerner with the then Northern editor Martin Wainwright. Until 2009 she spent almost a decade as head of online for the Guardian Media Group’s regional digital operation in Manchester before it was sold to Trinity Mirror.

The team at Prolific North is supported by freelancers and by commercial organisations who are working with the company in several areas; from editorial content and job advertising to SEO, analysis and event management.

The publisher of Prolific North is Nick Jaspan.  Jaspan's experience spans a number of high profile publishing ventures: from launching Insider (Newsco) to financial transactions data companies - Corpfin,  Zephyr and j4b - to the North West Enquirer and the media web site How-Do.

We hope you like what you see and what you will see as the site develops.
If you have any comments, please either email the news team at news@prolificnorth.co.uk or join the conversation by leaving comments on stories and following us on Twitter @prolificnorth


Community guidelines – particularly posting comments

The community standards and participation guidelines are a plain English guide to what we are endeavouring to adopt here on Prolific North.

They outline what we expect from you when you engage with us and leave comments and also what you can expect from us in return.

We welcome debate and dissent, but personal attacks (on authors, other users or any individual), persistent trolling and mindless abuse will not be tolerated. The intention is to maintain as Prolific North as an inviting space to focus on intelligent, constructive and frank discussion of topics.

We acknowledge criticism of postings we publish, but will not allow persistent misrepresentation of  Prolific North  participants to be published on our website.
For the sake of robust debate, we will distinguish between constructive, focused argument and smear tactics.

We understand that people often feel strongly about issues debated on the site, but we will consider removing any content that others might find extremely offensive or threatening. Please respect other people’s views and beliefs and consider your impact on others when making your contribution.

We reserve the right to redirect or curtail conversations which descend into flame-wars based on ingrained partisanship or generalisations. We don’t want to stop people discussing topics they are enthusiastic about, but we do ask users to find ways of sharing their views that do not feel divisive, threatening or toxic to others.

We will not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia or other forms of hate-speech, or contributions that could be interpreted as such. We recognise the difference between criticising a particular government, organisation, community or belief and attacking people on the basis of their race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age.

We will remove any content that may put us in legal jeopardy, such as potentially libellous or defamatory postings, or material posted in potential breach of copyright.

We will remove any postings that are obviously commercial or otherwise spam-like in the free-to-the community areas. Our aim is that this site should provide a space for people to interact with our content and each other and we actively discourage commercial entities passing themselves off as individuals, in order to post advertising material or links. This may also apply to people or organisations who frequently post propaganda or external links without adding substantively to the quality of the discussion on Prolific North.

Keep it relevant. We know that some conversations can be wide-ranging, but if you post something which is unrelated to the original topic (“off-topic”) then it may be removed, in order to keep the thread on track. This also applies to queries or comments about moderation, which should not be posted as comments.

Be aware that you may be misunderstood, so try to be clear about what you are saying, and expect that people may understand your contribution differently than you intended. Remember that text isn’t always a great medium for conversation: tone of voice (sarcasm, humour and so on) doesn’t always come across when using words on a screen. You can help to keep the community areas open to all viewpoints by maintaining a reasonable tone, even in unreasonable circumstances.

The platform is ours, but the conversation belongs to everybody. We want this to be a welcoming space for intelligent discussion, and we expect participants to help us achieve this by notifying us of potential problems and helping each other to keep conversations inviting and appropriate. If you spot something problematic in community interaction areas, please report it. When we all take responsibility for maintaining an appropriate and constructive environment, the debate itself is improved and everyone benefits.
In short:

If you act with maturity and consideration for other users, you should have no problems.

Don’t be unpleasant. Demonstrate and share the intelligence, wisdom and humour we know you possess.

Take some responsibility for the quality of the conversations in which you’re participating. Help make this an intelligent place for discussion and it will be.

Thank you – Prolific North