Archive for journalism
Paul Waugh*, writing in July 2000**: OMG! High cost of fig trees for Portcullis House! Rest of press pack, writing in February 2012: OMG! High cost*** of fig trees for Portcullis House!**** * An old journalist interjects: I wrote about it back then too! ** A young journalist objects: oi! some of us were still […]
A nimble two-step from The Guardian: 1. Polly Toynbee sends tweet encouraging all and sundry to take part in an open-access online poll being run by the BMJ. 2. The Guardian reports result of said BMJ poll. Then only thing missing, alas, is: 3. The Guardian then realises that reporting a voodoo poll which its [...]
Four years on, I’m still a Daily Mail reader (even if they think I’m a foreigner). Here’s an updated explanation. I once rang the Daily Mail to mildly complain about a story I had a connection with. The journalist I spoke to put me on hold while he conferred with a colleague. At least, he thought he [...]
Media Blog has the story of how three newspapers are all shocked that a story they had reported turned out to be right.
Lovely bit of compilation and analysis done over on Bibliophylax’s blog, putting together all the front page main headlines from the Daily Express for 2011. In that list they are sorted by theme, which made me wonder which words crop up most often. And so this word cloud: UPDATE: And here is a similar list […]
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 […]
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 […]