Director’s Commentary

Media and the Manchester attack: evil and emotion

The Manchester Arena attacks were extraordinary in their brutality. In response the news media sought to capture an emotional range including anger, pity, fear, pride, and compassion.

But how responsible have journalists been and is the full story going to be told?

The Sun’s front-page on the morning after exemplified this duality of the splenetic and the cathartic. I am sure its portrayal […]

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Time to lift the curtain on this stage-managed election?

The political correspondents are revolting. In the face of a campaign that is painfully stage-managed, slogan sterile and encounter-free, the journalists are taking to their in-house forum (Twitter) to moan about the mundane manipulation by the two main parties. In this long campaign will this change the political dynamics?

[See the end of this article for updates]

The nadir of spin control came this […]

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Corbyn: the personal is political and it’s not appealing

When the going gets tough, the tough get, well in Jeremy Corbyn’s case they get going to a safe seat with a thumping majority of 24,000 to make a landmark ‘personal’ political speech.

The Labour leader was in my manor (as we’re supposed to say around here) so I nipped along to London Metropolitan University in the East End where […]

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    Wikitribune: can crowd-sourced journalism solve the crisis of trust in news?

Wikitribune: can crowd-sourced journalism solve the crisis of trust in news?

Surely what the world needs right now is more paid journalists working with the public to improve the quality of news? So welcome to Jimmy Wales’ new venture Wikitribune which will use crowd-funding to support a (small) team of professional journalists working collaboratively with expert citizens to find stories, create content and fact-check its own work.

It sounds positive. Especially […]

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    If the #GE2017 election race is already over what do journalists report on?

If the #GE2017 election race is already over what do journalists report on?

Election campaigns are not just about who is going to win. Yes, the final result is all that matters in terms of power but democracy is about debate and deliberation as well as the decision. It’s a moment when we are supposed to talk to ourselves as a nation about who we are and what we want to be. […]

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