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    What does the Brooks-Coulson phone hacking verdict tell us about editors’ responsibility for their newsrooms?

What does the Brooks-Coulson phone hacking verdict tell us about editors’ responsibility for their newsrooms?

Andy Coulson, former editor of the now defunct News of the World tabloid and David Cameron’s former communications chief, has been found guilty of conspiring to hack phones. His co-defendant, Rebekah Brooks, has been cleared of all charges. Charlie Beckett believes the verdict places more of a burden on editors to cultivate a culture of responsibility and accountability in their newsrooms.
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Should the media have shown the images of the Woolwich attacker?

Graphic images of the senseless tragedy in Woolwich on Wednesday were displayed prominently by the mainstream media. Charlie Beckett asks whether the media should have done this or if some images are better left unpublished.   Should the media have shown the images of the Woolwich attacker? For me the simple answer is ‘yes’, but that each of these cases must be put […]

Political communication in the age of austerity: Unless you can claim genuine authenticity – like Farage – then you will struggle to convince

Charlie Beckett explores the lessons in political communication given by Nigel Farage and UKIP. In an age of scepticism the one value that the voters want – authenticity – is rendered undeliverable by a professional political class that seek to secure their power with risk-averse, non-interactive communication. Farage has been able to appeal to voters precisely because he is genuine and unrehearsed, and because UKIP […]

Margaret Thatcher transformed political communication in UK politics

Charlie Beckett looks back at Margaret Thatcher’s engagement with the media, arguing that she and her press team pioneered modern political communications. Yet while the innovations of her time in office were integral to the emergence of our modern age of spin, she nonetheless had little fear of acting in ways which were likely to be divisive.  Margaret Thatcher was the […]

Can journalism count as an academic research output?

Charlie Beckett argues that if we are to understand the potential value of any piece of research we should not circumscribe its audience by academic gate keeping. Ideally the academic will be the journalist, though it might be that there is a ‘translator’ or a special structure – such as a think-tank – that can act as the journalist for the research. Journalism […]

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

With an increasingly vocal press crusade decrying the possible introduction of statutory regulation, Charlie Beckett is surprised to find himself on their side. He worries that the virtues of our free, raucous and imperfect press are easily forgotten. He argues that, with a few exceptions, it is difficult to find an example of a thriving independent press. The possibility of creeping erosion of press […]

There is an immediate mess to be cleared up and then the BBC needs longer term restructuring

The BBC is currently embroiled in  a degree of controversy perhaps unequalled in its history. Charlie Beckett offers some recommendations to the BBC for reforming and restructuring in the wake of multiple scandals. There is an immediate mess to be cleared up and then the BBC needs longer term restructuring. There is a fairly superficial job to be done on getting the right […]

The BBC, Savile, Panorama and Newsnight: closed system, closed minds?

Charlie Beckett argues that the Savile scandal is not only damaging for the BBC’s reputation but also a symbol of the kind of institutional problems the BBC has.  I don’t know them personally, but I am sure the BBC managers from Peter Rippon upwards are all well-intentioned and able people. But their defensive, closed-ranks approach to the long-term Savile scandal and […]

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