media & PR archive
Yesterday’s Indy carried a story by Andrew Grice about a “confidential” Lib Dem report from Annette Brooke MP attacking the government’s planning proposals. “Confidential” is an interesting (that’s polite speak) word to use. Because what is in the report? Well, it is actually a collection of views already expressed in public, in Parliament and recorded […]
A few days ago I put the last-but-one email I have received from 38 Degrees under the spotlight, pointing out that: On probably the biggest criticism made of 38 Degrees – that it encourages mass, superficial activism which confuses getting a big headline number of petition signers with effective campaigning – the email is unrepentant, eagerly talking […]
Clichéd, old-fashioned use of female blondes to advertise bedroom products? Not surprising. That it should be The Guardian perpetuating the sexist shopping clichés? Less impressive. Though given the paper’s vision of only women doing cleaning or its obsession with photos of Sienna Miller, not too surprising either.
Dear Alan Rusbridger, I was going to buy a product from the Cleaning and Laundry products part of The Guardian’s online shop. But then I noticed that every identifiable person in photos in that section is a woman. So could you tell me, are men allowed to buy household cleaning and laundry products too? Thank […]
“Follow the money”. It’s a cliché of investigative journalism for a very good reason. If you want to get to the heart of what is really going on, knowing who has paid what to whom frequently exposes the real action being hidden away behind warm words, evasive statements and muttered “no comments”. It is also [...]
How prominent is the coverage the newspapers are giving to the phone hacking inquiry? Here’s today’s coverage: Daily Mirror – p.1 Daily Star – p.1 Daily Telegraph – p.1 The Guardian – p.1 The i – p.1 The Independent – p.1 The Times – p.1 The Sun – p.6 Daily Express – p.7 (a Princess […]
I’m normally quite jaded about “let’s kick up a controversy and call it a clever marketing move” type campaigns, but this one from Romania is very clever. And it features chocolate: Rom, a popular Romanian chocolate bar that prominently features the Romanian flag on its packaging, evoked patriotism and national pride to fuel sales and […]