Telegraph vindicated

Jun
18

 

Among the arguments favoured by critics of the Daily Telegraph's revelations about MPs' expenses has been that journalists should have waited for the full details to be published by the House of Commons. It is a good thing we didn't. This morning, with the Common's publication of  expenses claims for the last four years we are able to see just how much has been omitted (or redacted to use the phrase-in-vogue). 

Taxonomy upgrade extras: 
Posted By TimLuckhurst Comments 0 read more

Night Jack: the end of the anonymous blogger?

Jun
16

The anonymous columnist has a long and distinguished tradition in newspaper and magazine history. Recent practitioners like the londonpaper's City Boy and the ghastly Julie Myerson (who thrice denied being the author of the Guardian's Living With Teenagers column before fessing up) were treading in the foosteps of far more illustrious journalists such as William Connor, who wrote the Daily Mirror's legendary Cassandra column for many years and ended up with a knighthood.

Posted By Ian Reeves Comments 1 read more

Panorama: The death of kiss and tell

Jun
15

This evening's Panorama deals with one of the most controversial issues facing journalism: privacy. The Human Rights Act guarantees two competing rights viz: freedom of expression and the sanctity of private life.  In the competition between them, where does the public interest lie?  Many editors believe that the courts' interpretation of the right to privacy in cases such as that of Max Mosley v  the News of the World is creating a 'chilling' effect on journalism.  In the past public figures pursued by journalists would reach for their libel lawyer. Now they are turning to the courts to protect their privacy. The threat to traditional red top kiss and tell stories is real, but is kiss and tell in the public interest or just an example of what the public is interested in? Panorama: The Death of Kiss and Tell, is on BBC One tonight (Monday, 15 June) at 2030. Journalists all over the country will watch it.   

Taxonomy upgrade extras: 
Posted By TimLuckhurst Comments 2 read more

CfJ testing the new Evri semantic tool

Jun
12

Having just finished marking first-year essays about the Link Economy... I've been having a quick play with a tool called Evri, the new semantic network tool that's being used most notably by the Washington Post and The Times. If you have a look at the bottom of this and the three other most recent blog posts on the Centre for Journalism site, you'll get the idea. Evri searches through each post and uses fancy semantic web search methods to suggest key terms about which readers might want to find out more information. 

Taxonomy upgrade extras: 
Posted By Ian Reeves Comments 4 read more

Manchester Evening News video of Blears used by BBC

Jun
12

The BBC has been working for a while on plans to share some of its news video content with regional newspaper publishers for their web sites. So it's interesting to see the reverse happening today with footage of Hazel Blears' trio of apologies making its way from the Manchester Evening News's Channel M on to the main BBC news web site. 

Posted By Ian Reeves Comments 1 read more

Iran votes

Jun
12

All democratic elections matter, but few have the international significance of the one taking place today in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The contest between incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad and former Prime Minister Mir Hossein Moussavi has direct implications throughout the region and the world.  Will Iranians elect a leader less determined to pursue confrontation with the west? Will the result calm fears in Israel and reduce tension between two nations whose mutual enmity has produced one of the most sensitive flashpoints in international relations? Reports indicate that Iranians are most concerned about domestic economic problems (how familiar that sounds), but their votes will be counted as carefully in Washington, London, Tel Aviv and Brussels as they are in Teheran, Mashhad and  Tabriz.  The BBC's running coverage  is very good. For an American perspective try this from the Washington Post . For an example of what Israelis are reading take a look at the Jerusalem Post.

Taxonomy upgrade extras: 
Posted By TimLuckhurst Comments 4 read more

British fascists in Strasbourg

Jun
08

 

My first reaction to the election of British National Party MEPs was to feel profoundly angry and ashamed. Angry because mainstream politics has to fail badly for men such as Nick Griffin and Andrew Brons to win votes. Ashamed because innocent people will be frightened and this country's reputation as a tolerant, liberal democracy tarnished by their election.  

Taxonomy upgrade extras: 
Posted By TimLuckhurst Comments 5 read more

Crick: political journalists failed on MPs' expenses

Jun
04

Newsnight's political editor Michael Crick has admitted that political journalists failed the British public by not being more aware of MPs' expenses before the scandal broke. Giving a masterclass to Centre for Journalism staff and students, Crick said he was concerned that the case might be symptomatic of failings in other areas of journalism too. "In the pursuit of personality-driven journalism perhaps we are overlooking some of the bigger stories," he said. "I think it is a failing of journalists that the collapse of the economy came as such a surprise to us. In the same way I think it's a failing of political journalists that all this expenses stuff has come as such a surprise to so many people, including us."

Posted By Ian Reeves Comments 0 read more

Is saving the world journalism's job?

Jun
02

British Journalism Review 

"Is saving the world journalism's job?" is the title of the cover piece in the new editiion of British Journalism Review. It is by  our own Dr. Suzanne Franks and Prof. Jean Seaton of the University of Wesminster (co-author of the text book 'Power without Responsibility' with which you are all familiar). It is a superb contribution to the debate about the BBC's refusal to broadcast the DEC Gaza Appeal and a tremendous example of how a firm grasp of history informs and enhances  excellent journalism.

Posted By TimLuckhurst Comments 3 read more

Free Newspapers

Jun
02

The IndependentThe Independent asked me to think about the impact of recession on free newspapers. You can read my thoughts here. The excellent website about the free newspaper industry, to which I refer in the piece, is available here. It is worth noting that, 24 hours before the piece was published but sadly after the copy deadline, Kent on Sunday appeared in shops with a cover price of 90p. It was previously free but has now adopted a mixed paid/free model whereby some copies will be delivered free to homes but copies in shops must be paid for. 

Taxonomy upgrade extras: 
Posted By TimLuckhurst Comments 1 read more

Pages

Subscribe to Centre for Journalism at the University of Kent RSS