Technically, Howard Davies was my boss at the LSE until he resigned over the donation from Libya. Along with that he can also be accused of having created POLIS, the journalism think-tank that I run. Therefore, I have more than a passing interest in his views on media coverage of the story that forced his departure. I liked Howard a […]
So should we worry if traditional journalism is in decline? Does it matter for democracy? Our transatlantic conversation now turned to the political impact of media change. Paolo Mancini of Perugia University reminded us that they idea of media as fourth estate is historically a pretty recent and specific phenomenon. And the idea that newspapers are more than a product […]
How do you define Alternative Media in an age when the Internet provides so many alternatives? Hyper-local blog expert Will Perrin came to Polis Summer School to join in a day of debate on that subject. This was the response from Summer School student Fatymatou Dia: Since the beginning of the course, I have been struggling with definitions for journalism in […]
I work in a modern tower block office in an alley where an Internet was invented in the 15th century. Let me explain. After about 1422 Henry V started writing his letters in English instead of Latin. These were the documents that allowed him to exercise power. They were the business email of the time. Their purpose was to make […]
I gave a talk to the Swedish Journalism Fund’s 40th anniversary conference on the Next Five Years for journalism. They seemed to have a better idea than I did of what’s coming next, but here are some extracts from my notes for the evening including a list of predictions for the next five years and suggestions for how journalism training […]
I have a pathological aversion to best-of lists, except, of course, when I am on one. An American University has compiled a long list of the finest works on journalism that they suggest are required reading for budding and practicising hacks. You can vote for your eight favourites here.
Naturally, I am delighted that my own SuperMedia has made the […]