The award-winning story of how Rio’s poor were robbed by the people who were supposed to run their hospitals (guest blog)

One of my students here at the LSE is a Brazilian journalist who has just won the Tim Lopes Journalistic Prize for Investigative Reporting. Julio Lubianco was recognised for his radio investigation into corruption in the health services provided for the poor of Rio de Janeiro. Here he explains the story and how he revealed it. it included clever use of data investigation, […]


Revenge of the Evil Empire and why I’m backing Darth Vader: my case against statutory newspaper regulation #Leveson

[we have set up an ‘objective LSE Leveson blog with lots of links to articles and research on the Inquiry, the politics and the regulatory policy – references welcome] It seems that like cockroaches, British newspapers can survive the nuclear explosion of phone-hacking, plummeting sales, vapourised advertising revenue,  a variety of police investigations leading to multiple arrests, and the most […]

November 22nd, 2012|Journalism|2 Comments|

Blair: Lessons From Leveson (Part One)

One of the great myths of British political history is that Tony Blair’s New Labour invented spin: the obsessive attempt by politicians to manipulate media coverage by controlling the message. I’ve just been reading Dominic Sandbrook’s ‘Seasons In The Sun’ which reminded me of just how obsessed Harold Wilson was by the newspapers. In the second 1974 election he and […]

May 28th, 2012|Media, Politics|1 Comment|