Archive for journalism
A very sensible twist on the long-running differentiation debate.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 [...]
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 […]
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 […]