Mikey Smith
Mikey Smith is a digital reporter from Sheffield, currently working
as Student Media Coordinator at Sheffield Students' Union, Managing
Editor of Forge Press and reporter for Political Scrapbook. He's also written for Private Eye and the Sheffield Star.

Mikey's work, which saw him shortlisted for Reporter of the Year in the
2011 Guardian Student Media Awards, combines cutting edge online
reporting techniques with old fashioned principles of public interest
journalism. He's also responsible for HasGeorgeOsborneResignedYet.Com and the Steve Hilton Policy Generator. Find him at MikeySmith.com

Entries by Mikey Smith

How MPs Can Fix the Pay Rise Problem, Save Jobs and Secure Relection in One Easy Step

(10) Comments | Posted 12 July 2013 | (00:00)

Dear readers, if you don't mind, I'd like to talk directly to our nation's elected public servants. Honorable Members, you're on to a loser.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) has this week recommended, with a straight face and everything, that you should get a pay rise of...

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The Act of Killing: How The Film Everybody's Talking About Might Change Indonesia Forever

(0) Comments | Posted 27 June 2013 | (00:26)


Optimism is by far the prevailing emotion at Doc/Fest, Sheffield’s annual gathering of factual filmmakers. For some it’s the certainty that some visionary money man will see some potential in their next pitch, and that next year the resultant opus will return to the...

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Press Regulation - Why the Status Quo Works

(0) Comments | Posted 18 March 2013 | (10:43)

When it emerged that the News of the World had engaged in widespread hacking of mobile phones, including the phone of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, there was widespread public anger. This anger led to a mass withdrawal of advertisers from the publication, and in turn to the decision by News...

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What the Point of a Local Newspaper, If Not to Keep Local MPs Honest?

(0) Comments | Posted 3 March 2013 | (13:04)

Last week was pretty rough for Nick Clegg. Victory in Eastleigh must have provided a touch of comfort, but his integrity and competence was repeatedly called into question as the Rennard scandal gained momentum, and worsened as his story unravelled day after day.

To cap it off, the chief executive...

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Leveson: Would You Feel Better if Your Newspaper had a Government Kitemark?

(0) Comments | Posted 3 December 2012 | (15:59)

My attention was drawn yesterday to an article written by Alex Andreou at New Statesman. The article, entitled "Dear Journalists, grow up" is a furious response to some of the admittedly not-very-good arguments offered up by many opposed to Lord Justice Leveson's suggestions on regulation of the...

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Who has Ruined More Lives, the Press or the Government?

(0) Comments | Posted 2 December 2012 | (15:38)

Here's a question. Since the invention of Gutenberg's infernal machine, who has ruined more lives, "the press" or government?

This week I've found myself at odds with a number of friends and colleagues on the subject of press regulation, with the majority of my lefty acquaintances being in favour of...

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If Elmo's Taught Us Anything, It's That Newsnight Taught Us Nothing

(0) Comments | Posted 13 November 2012 | (00:13)

The dust will settle. In a few weeks the BBC will have a new director general, Newsnight will have a new editor, and everything will be back to normal. Maybe we'll even have learned something.

Or perhaps not.

On Monday afternoon, ITV News sent a genuinely shocking tweet out about...

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A British Politics Geek's Guide to Election Night 2012

(1) Comments | Posted 5 November 2012 | (23:00)

I shall not be attending an election night party. I've been invited to a couple. The University I work at is even opening their bar late - until 6am if they have to - to let students watch the results come in on the big screen. It's a great idea,...

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Can the Tories - or Any Government - Be Trusted With Human Rights?

(9) Comments | Posted 28 October 2012 | (20:54)

"The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons." Dostoyevsky

David Cameron has a strong and visible distaste for being told what to do by extranational organisations. Particularly irritating is the European Court of Human Rights, which just won't let this votes for...

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The Sun's Battle to Reclaim the Public Interest for Tabloids

(0) Comments | Posted 24 August 2012 | (12:17)

In their Braveheart tinged defence of their decision to publish naked pictures taken of Prince Harry in a Vegas hotel room, the Sun, and their parent company, are once again trying to reshape the public’s idea of what the public interest means - and sell a lot of papers...

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