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    We must rethink Russia’s propaganda machine in order to reset the dynamic that drives it

We must rethink Russia’s propaganda machine in order to reset the dynamic that drives it

To understand how Russian propaganda works, we first have to discard the idea that the Kremlin is in charge of a coordinated media machine acting together with cyber-warriors to attack a single audience. Stephen Hutchings explains why Russian media discourses are much more complicated than often presented.

The theme of propaganda dominated much British media coverage of the Skripal […]

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    Saving the local news media: what Matt Hancock’s review needs to know

Saving the local news media: what Matt Hancock’s review needs to know

Local news must be seen as a public good rather than as a profitable commodity, argues Julie Firmstone. It is this idea that must guide the new government review of UK press sustainability, so that the focus is on rethinking the conditions needed to produce local news rather than merely on the profitability of the sector.

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    The sexual harassment merry-go-round: what we know about Britain’s under-reported problem

The sexual harassment merry-go-round: what we know about Britain’s under-reported problem

In light of the resignation of Michael Fallon, and the various other allegations that have emerged about public figures, Jennifer Brown looks at the evidence and discusses why sexual harassment seems to be a perpetual feature of our culture.

Sir Michael Fallon was the first Parliamentarian to fall on his sword in the wake of the emerging sexual harassment scandal […]

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    Shouting Matches: understanding interruptions in the BBC election debate 2017

Shouting Matches: understanding interruptions in the BBC election debate 2017

Is there anything we can learn from the BBC’s election debate – other than what was actually said (and other than who did not take part)? Jack Bailey analyses the interruptions during the debate, and explains what they could mean for each party’s broader strategy.

Theresa May was notable in her absence at BBC’s election debate. Explaining why she would […]

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    How Wales is understood in the UK is a problem – strengthening Welsh media is part of the solution

How Wales is understood in the UK is a problem – strengthening Welsh media is part of the solution

A healthy democracy needs mechanisms that enable citizens to understand the political process and engage in the functioning of politics. But as simple as this may sound, achieving such an understanding is proving a major problem for Wales. Craig Johnson reflects on the broader problems caused by the inadequate reporting of Welsh politics UK-wide.

It was recently announced that […]

The BBC must improve how it reports statistics

The BBC has a unique position in British society, with a reputation for fairness, impartiality, and usefulness. But to maintain these characteristics, journalists need to be much more careful about how they scrutinise and present statistics to the public, write Amy Hawkins and Phoebe Arnold.

How much does the UK contribute to the EU each week? How tired did you […]

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    Heavy duty: what are the shortcomings of the BBC’s reporting of the EU?

Heavy duty: what are the shortcomings of the BBC’s reporting of the EU?

With so much British media coverage of the EU biased, if not actively hostile, the BBC has a heavy responsibility to ensure voters have enough knowledge to make an informed decision on 23 June. Mike Berry analysed BBC reporting of the Lisbon Treaty and EU budget and found it focussed unduly on infighting between Labour and Conservative politicians. Coverage […]

February 29th, 2016|Brexit, Featured|4 Comments|
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    We should be boosting the BBC’s role in public life, not cutting it

We should be boosting the BBC’s role in public life, not cutting it

Newspaper endorsements and biased ‘reporting’ in the run-up to the general election indicate clearly at the democratic failings of a large part of our free press. It therefore becomes clear that, whatever funding ideas are thrown up by the new Conservative government, we should be boosting the future role the BBC plays in public life, not going to war with it […]