UK Journalism

Andy Burnham's First 100 Days

Michael Taylor | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK Politics
Michael Taylor

A politician can issue as many mission statements as they like. They can write a comprehensive manifesto that sets out a plan of action. And they can make as many promises as they think they can keep. But ultimately, as history shows time and time again, the true measure of their success, their effectiveness and their authority comes from how they react to the unforeseen. Events, dear boy, as Harold Macmillan put it. So it has proved with Andy Burnham's first 100 days as Greater Manchester's first directly elected metro Mayor.

Gauging Public Opinion? Twitter Ye Not

David Spencer | Posted 14.08.2017 | UK Tech
David Spencer

There is a growing trend, almost a fixation, among broadcasters and publications to use social media to monitor public mood and opinion. You can quickly lose count of the amount of times you hear 'tell us what you think' via this and that social media platform on radio and TV shows.

Farewell To The Mooch

Professor Kevin Morrell | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK Politics
Professor Kevin Morrell

Whether he did so intentionally or not, the Mooch ended up serving this purpose. A flamboyant series of distractions and excesses, he was the tweet made flesh. Either side of a cataclysmic defeat on health care, the Mooch relentlessly sucked up attention, as well as unsettling those perceived to be disloyal in the Trump camp.

Dispatches From America: This Fourth Of July, Trump Is Threatening A Basic American Value - The Free Press

Skylar Baker-Jordan | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Politics
Skylar Baker-Jordan

Shortly after Trump was elected, and periodically since, my grandmother has asked - nay, begged - me to be careful about what I write. She was concerned the president, or his cronies, would target me. I had written it off as her typical overprotectiveness, but after the last week's events, I no longer can.

Why I Know The Grenfell Tower Disaster Could Have Been Prevented

Grant Feller | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK
Grant Feller

Electric wiring open to the elements, broken fire extinguishers, insecure fire doors, lifts out of order, a lack of lighting that made crime more likely. Angry, exasperated and bewildered residents pleaded with me - me! - to help them do something about it because they knew that things were on a knife-edge unless more funds weren't spent on health and safety.

Can Wikitribune Solve The 'Fake News' Epidemic? Helping Media Organisations Regain Audience Trust

Chris Lawrence | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK
Chris Lawrence

Was Napoleon short? Did a World War Two bomber land on the moon? Whether deliberate propaganda or innocent fun, 'fake news' has been around for some t...

Corbyn Has Defied His Critics And Reshaped British Politics

Matt Hepburn | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Politics
Matt Hepburn

And now, as the political elite and media comes to terms with this great paradigm shift, and a battered Conservative Party re-enters Parliament weakened and exposed, it is clear Corbyn and his policies have set Britain on a path with a new found vision that is here to stay. Remarkably, more than 150,000 people have joined the Labour Party since the election alone.

Six Ways Viral Listicles Will Doom Journalism And All Humanity

Alex Sinclair Lack | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK
Alex Sinclair Lack

Questions are worth asking when articles are being written with the main intention of maximizing shares. Journalism must evolve with the times, but if we are to reach the post-post-truth era, it must do so responsibly and not let its standards fall in the process.

Newsrooms Are More Diverse - But It's Still Not Enough

Georgia Chambers | Posted 01.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Georgia Chambers

ournalism is making those essential small steps but still seems to be falling behind other industries when it comes to diversity. Ten years on, I still know now what I articulated through a pencil-sketched stick figure then- that there is still a long way to go until journalism creates an image of itself into which people like me can fit.

Can Wikitribune Really Prevent The Spread Of Fake News?

Dr Paul Elmer | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK
Dr Paul Elmer

If Wikitribune can emulate some of this success, and harness the potential of the Wiki brand to sustain independence from proprietorial and government control, then more power to it. It has every chance of doing so, although that depends to some extent on the funding stream. 

George Osborne As Editor Is A Scandal

Grant Feller | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Politics
Grant Feller

First, the good news. George Osborne will make a fine editor of the Evening Standard. He's supremely well connected, intelligent, has a wide array of interests, will bring in great guest columnists and is supported by a brilliant team of journalists. As a former executive on the paper, I can safely say that this last point is true.

George Osborne Has Less Experience Than The Average Trainee

Megan Baynes | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Baynes

Earlier today it was announced that George Osborne, former Chancellor of the Exchequer and Conservative MP for Tatton, has been made Editor-in-Chief of the London Evening Standard. As a soon-to-be trainee journalist, it's great to see that journalism continues to be as elitist as ever, and that at the end of the day money and position are worth more than skill and experience.

Why We Should Be Wary Of The Panic Around Fake News

Dr Paul Elmer | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Dr Paul Elmer

The current fuss plays straight into the hands of politicians who may claim to be targeting fake news, but act in ways that restrict legitimate free reporting, and deny its proper democratic function. That would leave us all the poorer. Even as a former journalist and government PR man, even as a fed up, but occasionally entertained reader, I'll put up with a bit of fake news. It's a free country, and I'd like it to stay that way.

How Should We Report Politics In A 'Post-Truth' Age?

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

The media has been criticised for its reporting of the US presidential election campaign and the EU referendum. Several media outlets were accused of biased coverage and excessive focus on personalities rather than policies. Journalists working on these two campaigns have had to determine how to report on politicians' false claims.

Gina Miller's To Theresa May: "Stand Up For All The British Public."

J.N. Paquet | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Politics
J.N. Paquet

As MPs gave the Government the go-ahead by voting the Brexit bill and the Lords are debating it now, Gina Miller, the businesswoman and philanthropist who successfully challenged the Prime minister over Article 50 at the Supreme Court, kindly accepted to answer my questions in an exclusive interview.

An Aesop's Fable Unmasks 'Fake News' Media

Maria Karvouni | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK
Maria Karvouni

There are a lot of discussions going on about fake news and whether they exist even in the considered as reliable media as Donald Trump constantly dec...

In The Media, Trust Will Prevail - Or Have the Rules Really Changed?

Tom Maddocks | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK
Tom Maddocks

One of the most extraordinary of many memorable events of the first few days of President Trump has been the escalation, rather than the diminution, of his battle with the media. These confrontations may be taking place in Washington and may appear so ludicrous that it is tempting to ignore them. But there are key implications for anyone who is contact with the press and TV in the UK, as well as on the other side of the Atlantic.

Is Donald Trump Trying To Change Journalism?

Maria Karvouni | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Politics
Maria Karvouni

It is better to not believe a truth than to believe a lie, because this defines yourself too. If you believe a lie that has negative effects, it shows you may have malicious intentions. But if you don't believe a truth that has negative effects, then you may be well-disposed. The choice is yours. Above all, be smart and see in depth.

Touched By A Celebrity Death

David Spencer | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
David Spencer

I am not claiming to have been more upset than anyone else; but George Michael's sudden death affected me because he played a part in my life in a way that David Bowie, Prince or George Martin did not. So the next time the Grim Reaper comes calling for a celebrity, I will have sympathy for those that surprise me with their emotions rather than snigger and sneer.

What Is A Hate Crime And How Can I Report It?

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

What counts as a hate crime? Citizens Advice say hate incidents are where the victim or anyone else believe crimes were motivated by hostility or pre...

Potential Closure Of Diversity Charity Creative Access Spells Crisis In The Media

Iram Sarwar | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK
Iram Sarwar

For people getting into the industry like me the potential loss of a charity like Creative Access feels like a step backwards. I shouldn't have had to go through CA in the first place - but they have addressed a problem that in an ideal world shouldn't exist. The sad fact is that someone from a BAME background is less likely to be hired and if we continue on this path then we are in danger of having a media for the masses that is run only by the elite.


Karl Knights | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Karl Knights

'Change or die'. When 2016 began this was the only thought passing through my foggy mind. I was at a friend's New Year's party, and all I can recall o...

There's Still So Much Hope On The Horizon For Dementia

Jeremy Hughes | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Jeremy Hughes

It has arguably been a bleak few weeks when it comes to news about dementia. First, we heard that dementia has overtaken heart disease as England's b...

Why The Haitian Hurricane Barely Graced Your Newsfeeds: Bad Timing Or Do We Simply Not Care?

Virginia Stuart-Taylor | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK
Virginia Stuart-Taylor

This remains a recurrent problem for Europe. We'll undoubtedly see this combination of bad timing, aid fatigue and an empathy gap rear its ugly head the next time disaster strikes in the developing world. The age-old blame game between journalists and readers cannot continue in this vein and Europeans must proactively step outside of the bubble. If not, we risk losing our sense of humanity altogether.

Students At Top Journalism School Have Voted To Ban The Mail, Sun And Express From Campus

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Students and graduates from City University London, which has one of the UK’s top journalism schools, have reacted with outrage after its student un...