Archive for journalism

If nothing else, Leveson should herald a new approach to coalition government

28 November 2012 , , ,
A very sensible twist on the long-running differentiation debate.
Philip Schofield

So, where are the ITV resignations?

11 November 2012 ,
George Entwistle has, rightly, resigned for the combination of the Newsnight blunders and his own failure to show good leadership in public. (His final Radio 4 Today program interview will, I’m sure, feature in many future training sessions on how not to handle a crisis and indeed how not to ignore social media.) But of […]

Media regulation: can you spot the fake quote?

10 November 2012
A leader in one of today’s newspapers, a comment from an MP. One real, one fake. Can you spot which is which? The newspaper: Politicians like to claim they are thick-skinned; but given the chance, they will legislate to keep nosey journalists out of their business. It is self-serving – or downright naïve – to […]
Flooded bench

16 deaths or 957 deaths: which is the bigger story?

30 October 2012
Choosing which tragedies to cover, and how much attention to give them, is an inevitable part of journalism. There are simply too many around the world to cover them all, let alone to cover them all in detail, even if you have the freedom of a website without space limitations. There are still the limitations […]
Media interview. Photo © iStockphoto

Jimmy Savile: the other question we should be asking

15 October 2012 ,
Reading old news coverage with the advantage of hindsight can evoke all sorts of emotions, burnishing or rubbishing the reputations of journalists and pundits depending on how event subsequently turned out. Yet it is hard not to read old coverage of Jimmy Savile with anything other than a bitter sense of sympathy for journalists who […]

Bingo. Guardian corrects Polly Toynbee article

18 September 2012 , ,
An update to my earlier post – I’ve now had this from the Readers’ Editor team: Thank you, Mark. We’ve corrected that quote in the online article now and we’ll also be publishing a correction in the paper.
Polly Toynbee

Dear Readers’ Editor: About Polly Toynbee…

18 September 2012 , ,
Dear Readers’ Editor, A couple of factual errors seem to have slipped into Polly Toynbee’s article yesterday. She writes of: The reality of welfare cuts the Institute for Fiscal Studies calls “without historical and international precedent” However, when The Guardian previously reported that quote  from the IFS it was different into two key respects. First, it […]

Have I gone mad?

17 August 2012 , ,
I’m wondering if I’ve gone mad. There’s this issue that I just can’t think about without one question occurring to me. For me, it is blindingly obvious, absolutely basic and impossible to avoid if you want to talk about the issue. And the thing is, it doesn’t appear to have occurred to anyone else. I’ve [...]
Media interview. Photo © iStockphoto

Two of this week’s more interesting pieces of political analysis

11 August 2012 , , ,
Overall I’m not a huge fan of the vast reams of political analysis churned out in the British media, because far too often it tells you plenty about who the writer would vote for in an election today and not very much else. Discovering journalist X is very keen on party Y and really doesn’t like party […]
The Day The Earth Caught Fire

The Day The Earth Caught Fire

As with many science fiction catastrophe movies, to call the underlying science in The Day The Earth Caught Fire dodgy is too kind for it is so fanciful it should not have the word science, however heavily qualified, associated with it. Thankfully, therefore, the cause of the catastrophe (two simultaneous nuclear tests altering the Earth’s […]