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…


Italian Journalism: the Real Loser in the Italian Elections (guest blog)

The Italian general elections held in February resulted in parliamentary deadlock, and debates of who were the winners and losers still continue. Partito Democratico (PD), the centre-left coalition led by Pierluigi Bersani, and the Popolo della Libertà (PDL) party of Silvio Berlosconi nearly tied with just over 29% each. However, commentators tend to agree that the real winner was Beppe […]


George Entwistle is gone but how to rebuild confidence in the BBC?

The fact that George Entwistle has resigned is good news for the BBC – although a personally devastating decision for one honourable individual.* The real problem at the BBC right now is not trust, it’s confidence. In the long-term trust in the BBC will resume its normally high levels and it deserves that. There is much excellent output from the […]

November 10th, 2012|Journalism|3 Comments|

What is the value of social media to public service journalism? New research project

We all know that using social media like Twitter and having online platforms such as blogs can enhance our journalism. But what if you have a particular public service brief, for example, working for a public service broadcaster? In some media markets such as Austria, public service broadcasters are not allowed to use social media freely. It is seen as […]


Phone-hacking: the public debate: links to audio and video podcasts

You can view video of this debate here

You can listen to an audio podcast here

The furore around the phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World has raised wider issues such as regulation and standards of British newspaper journalism. So we held a debate about it.

“Phone-hacking: is it time to get tough on the press?”

Speakers were:

Chair: Charlie Beckett (Polis) David Aaronovitch (Times), […]