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First Lady of Fleet Street - Rachel Beer

The First Lady of Fleet Street: The Life, Fortune and Tragedy of Rachel Beer by Eilat Negev & Yehuda Koren

Britain’s first female national newspaper editor, Rachel Beer, is a surprisingly little known person, all the more so given her lively and interesting family history and that she edited not only one but two newspapers, both of which are still very much with us – The Observer and The Sunday Times. (The first Sunday newspaper […]
Computer Weekly cover

How a print publication prospered by switching to online – and not chasing traffic

20 December 2012 ,
There’s a fascinating piece over on The Media Briefing about how Computer Weekly went from print to digital: Ending the printed magazine was, admittedly, something of a milestone, given that Computer Weekly had been around since 1966, the world’s first weekly technology magazine… We’re pretty proud of what we’ve delivered – but that success has […]
Nick Clegg on BBC

The most interesting sentence I’ve read about the Leveson report

It’s from Nick Clegg’s statement to Parliament after the publication of the Leveson report: Let us not forget that of the five Press Complaints Commission chairs, three were serving parliamentarians who took a party whip. Curious that a newspaper industry so busy telling us how politicians must not be let anywhere near their regulation is […]

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 […]