UK Journalism

Journalist or Terrorist? How 'Free' Is the British Press?

Dilly Hussain | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK
Dilly Hussain

During the Arab Spring, the ongoing Syrian revolution and now the war in Gaza, I find myself to be more of a political activist than an "impartial" journalist because I do not see how I can "sit on the fence" when injustices are taking place right before my eyes. Am I at risk of being criminalised for mixing my political views and how I report news?

Watching Graduation Is a Bizarre Experience

Danielle Lowe | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

For graduands and graduates it's a mixture of excitement but the terror of uncertainty and an air of sadness seems to fill a lot of faces... To those starting university, don't let what you have fall away from you, it's the most disappointing feeling in the world (trust me, I know).

What It Feels Like to Be the Target of Anonymous Trolls

Grant Feller | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK
Grant Feller

My family, it appears, are a 'bunch of ugly, sad losers'. My wife is so 'desperate' to leave me that she will '**** the next man she has a drink with'. My beautiful children are, variously, 'pathetic... spoilt... probably adopted' because I am 'unable to get it up... a waste of space... a miserable, untalented tosser'. Worst of all though, my kitchen is 'hideous'. So this is what being trolled feels like... The other week I wrote what I felt was a thought-provoking, if slightly tongue-in-cheek, confessional about my enforced 12-month sabbatical as a stay-at-home dad trying to set up a new business after sudden redundancy.

How PR Ruined My Life, and Yours Too, Probably

Katie Beswick | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Beswick

Everything's a marketing opportunity. Our existence is only a chance to prove how brilliant we are, and to congratulate our mates for their brilliance too... The fact is, the more we PR our lives online, the more isolated we become. With every 'Ibiza. Done' status update we move further and further away from meaningful relationships with our families, friends and lovers.

The Language of a Journalist: Top Five Lines

Stephen Hamilton | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Comedy
Stephen Hamilton

I fell backwards into journalism. I planned on embarking on another path, well off track, as I had two choices: (1) to study psychology or (2) to study psychiatry. As you can guess I chose neither as I couldn't make my mind up.

Inside the Mind of a Cutter: How Self-Harm Monopolised My Every Thought

Nadia Mendoza | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nadia Mendoza

For 20 years I spoke through my skin because I couldn't find the right words. Instead of a best friend to play with, I had a pair of scissors. And instead of a voice, I got stuck on a merry-go-round of bottling things in and bleeding them out. The question I often get asked is 'why'; what could make me feel so low that I would want to drag a blade across my own flesh. Having had nearly two decades to gnaw over an answer, I'm still not really sure, other than - being brutally honest - I think I liked it. It wasn't about the injury I inflicted though, cutting never deviated towards sadomasochism, it was about searching for contentment.

Putin's Bad Language

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Politics
Cathal Sheerin

President Putin's confident geopolitical swagger seems at odds with Russia's recent, petty moves to choke the life out of language...

The Al Jazeera Trial: First They Came for the Muslim Brotherhood...

Neil Durkin | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

Journalism is not a crime, but in Egypt it now seems to be tantamount to that. Egypt is already incredibly dangerous for journalists (behind only Syria and Iraq, according to the CPJ), and death / jail are becoming major occupational hazards for those daring to report on protests or indeed any anti-government activity. And the clampdown goes on.

#JournalismIsNotACrime

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK

Britain's most famous journalistic voices and faces have held a one-minute silent protest against the jailing in Egypt of colleagues from Al Jazeera w...

Far-Right Group Threatens Journalists With 'Personal, Direct Action'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK

The National Union of Journalists has condemned the far-right pseudo-militia group Britain First which threatened journalists "with direct action", an...

What the Media Forgot to Tell You: Extreme Poverty Is on the Way Out

Hans Zomer | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK
Hans Zomer

We live in an age of mass media. Magazines, television, books, radio and social media provide us with a constant flow of information, news, entertainment and education. We now have access to information that previous generations could only dream of...

#DailyFail - Daily Mail Reporting of Women Made Me so Angry I Started a Campaign

Lucy Hurn | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Hurn

The article described how Amal's attendance of the summit allowed her to show off 'her slim pins', as if that was her primary reason for attending rather than her interest in the vitally important issue of sexual violence itself.

AI and EG: Why You Shouldn't Believe the Reports on Eugene Goostman

Thom James | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Tech
Thom James

Most articles that have been written in the past few days have referred to Eugene Goostman as a "supercomputer", or a highly complex form of AI that we have never seen before. Something that will truly advance technology. Something that essentially, is smarter than a human being. They are wrong.

When the Sun Comes Out, Syria's War Does Not Stop

Katie Welsford | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK
Katie Welsford

Standing in the shade of olive trees on a hill in north-west Jordan, the peaceful spring afternoon was suddenly shattered. From across the valley came the heavy thud of shelling from Syria's border villages.

Fed Up Of Clickbait Headlines? Follow This Twitter Account

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Comedy

Watch out, journalists who create clickbait headlines - the Twitter account Saved You A Click ("Don't click on that. I already did.") is on to you. An...

Have Journalists Just Lost The Right To Privacy On Their Facebook Pages?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK

The press watchdog has ruled that a journalist's private status update on her Facebook was a breach of the Editor's Code, even though the privacy sett...

Shock, Horror: BBC Staff Have Political Opinions!

Paul Blanchard | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Blanchard

Recently, there have been some elections. I say this just in case you've been living under a rock or have - like those people who hate their own birthdays - been on a long holiday to a closed monastery. These elections have made some people very upset. And that includes staff at the BBC.

Jeremy Paxman: 'Lion of Journalism'... Or Git?

Iddo Goldfarb | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Politics
Iddo Goldfarb

When, in June, Paxman finally hangs up those weary eyebrows and quits Newsnight, he will cap a glittering career. For 25 years, Paxman's main talent has been the ability to ask questions of the foremost inconsequence in the manner of a courtroom drama auditionee.

Millennials and New Media: Open For Comment

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

Millennials are changing forever the way we consume media and nowhere is this change more apparent than in the domain of user generated content (UGC) and online user engagement.

Vice Reporter 'Kidnapped' In Ukraine

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK

A Vice filmmaker has been taken captive in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, according to city's self-declared "People's Mayor", the day US vic...

Great Britain Is Diverse, the Journalism Industry Is Not

Tala Sweiss | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK
Tala Sweiss

Former BBC journalist Kurt Barling wouldn't think twice before agreeing that the industry faces diversity set-backs, after having been made redundant recently after 25 years at the organisation in a bid to make £700m in savings. The issue however isn't your classic redundancy situation..

Cameron's Christian Britain and the Joys of 'Journalism'

Sonia Hendy-Isaac | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Politics
Sonia Hendy-Isaac

I do hope this piece of right wing vitriol sits squarely with the delightful Christian values of Cameron's Christ-like aspirations. Oh, and Happy Easter... One suspects that we should all be grateful that the benevolent Government and right-wing press have had a day off from victimising the poor... Oh, wait...

The Real Reason I Can't Wait for This Season's FA Cup Final

Jake Humphrey | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Sport
Jake Humphrey

This season's FA Cup has been fascinating viewing and a return to the good old days when giant-killings and Cup shocks seemed to happen every year. With many Barclay's Premier League sides being drawn against each other in early rounds it has also provided a chance for less-fancied teams and those outside the top flight...

The 17 Golden Rules of Blogging

Grant Feller | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK
Grant Feller

The other week I was asked to speak to a selected group of PR executives as to how I approach writing a blog and it was the first time I had attempted to put down in words, or rules, what until then had sort of come naturally...

Veteran Journalist Shot Dead By Afghan Police Officer

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK

Two Associated Press journalists have been shot by a police commander in Afghanistan, leaving one dead and the other seriously injured. German phot...