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How Bad Is Breaking News?

The Observer has published a debate between journalist Yvonne Roberts and yours truly about the quality of journalism today – especially when it comes to reporting disasters like the Germanwings incident. Read it here or click on the picture. I defend the work of the journalists…

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Election Watch: Media Notes on #GE2015

Reporting The Election – an historic moment for the media and politics 28.3.15

I deliberately didn’t take detailed notes during our conference on journalism and elections because I wanted to pay attention and get a broader impression of the arguments. We will have video up online later but search the #polis2015 hashtag and you will see there was a vast […]

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Why Does The Media ‘Love Stay At Home Mums’?

Recent governments and feminists have agreed on one thing. It is empowering for women and good for the economy if mothers go to work. Yet at the same time, middle class mothers who stay at home are often portrayed by mainstream news media in a positive light. Are those women really ‘choosing’ to stay at home? Is the media helping […]

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  • No. Not Benedict Cumberbatch for once.
    Permalink No. Not Benedict Cumberbatch for once.Gallery

    In next week’s exciting blog post we will find out what happened to that brilliant new narrative device idea

In next week’s exciting blog post we will find out what happened to that brilliant new narrative device idea

I am fascinated by how changing journalism technologies can lead to new ways of creating content that almost redefine what ‘news’ can be. For example, thanks to the Internet we can know the fact of something – such as a plane crash – instantly and globally. So breaking ‘news’ becomes less about revealing the new fact and much more […]

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A big moment for the BBC but not quite yet

BBC boss Tony Hall has outlined his vision of the BBC’s future including the idea of everyone having a personalised platform of BBC content, partly in response to the Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport which has published its report on the future of the most important news media organisation in the UK – the BBC. It’s a journalistic and […]

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