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    Don’t (just) blame the news media for this mess of a campaign

Don’t (just) blame the news media for this mess of a campaign

The EU referendum is putting an historic choice before the British people: but how well has the UK’s news media done in staging the debate and informing the public?

No one can say that the media has not given us enough debate or information to help voters make up their minds. For months, the air waves have been buzzing with […]

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    Whittingdale and the ex-dominatrix: conspiracy of silence or good press behaviour?

Whittingdale and the ex-dominatrix: conspiracy of silence or good press behaviour?

This is the original version of an article that appeared in Newsweek on 13.4.16.

The John Whittingdale ‘dominatrix’ story is a classic case study of the eternal balancing act between the right to privacy and the public interest in disclosure. In practice this is rarely a purely ethical or editorial decision. Inevitably, legal, political and taste issues will come into […]

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    Ethics will be as central as economics to the future of the news industry

Ethics will be as central as economics to the future of the news industry

This article by Charlie Beckett was originally posted on the LSE Business Review Blog

I do not know of any industry that has been through such an existential crisis as journalism has in the last decade or so. I spent over 20 years working in news and current affairs before joining the LSE nine years ago where my research has […]

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    Did Britain’s right-wing newspapers win the election for the Tories? Guest Blog

Did Britain’s right-wing newspapers win the election for the Tories? Guest Blog

This article by LSE Media and Communications’ Dr Bart Cammaerts who researches and teaches political communication.
The day after the unexpected defeat of the Labour leader Neil Kinnock in the 1992 election, the Murdoch-owned tabloid The Sun’s infamous headline read: ‘It’s The Sun wot won it’. During the 1992 campaign it seemed as if the Tories would lose and Labour […]

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May 12th, 2015|Politics|5 Comments|

Election Watch: Media Notes on #GE2015

I am tediously optimistic, but as Britain goes to the polls I feel depressed about every likely outcome. (6.5.15)
This will not be a decisive election and I fear that out of the chaos will come, well… more confusion.
I am not against coalition government in principle and I instinctively welcome the idea of more plural politics. I would love to […]

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