UK Journalism

The Vagaries of the News Lexicon

David Spencer | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK
David Spencer

It is all too easy in a busy newsroom to slip into cliche and start dipping into regular news language but sometimes it pays to take a step back and have a think about what you are writing. That is the true test of being a good journalist.

How the Fearmongering 'Sun' Distorts Its Polls

Professor Steven Barnett | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK
Professor Steven Barnett

Today's front page headline in the Sun covers almost the entire page. Accompanied by a chilling photo of a knife-wielding "Jihadi John" in black balaclava, it proclaims "1 IN 5 BRIT MUSLIMS' SYMPATHY FOR JIHADIS". It is a lie. Even worse, it is a shameful distortion of its own polling data, consciously designed to fuel terror and distrust of Muslims.

Want to Start a Petition? Here's How to Get It Noticed by the Media

Nadia Gilani | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK
Nadia Gilani

Starting a petition is the first step on a campaign's journey. The next is to build an army of supporters to help you take action, create momentum and make the change you want to see happen...

The Choice to Mislead: Thoughts on the Media's Coverage of Corbyn's Bow

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

The folks at the right-wing tabloids saw the same video that I saw. They saw a small, but acceptable bow. They saw a clear show of respect from Jeremy...

Attacked for Protecting Horses at Million Mask March - How a Tweet Made Me Viral

Daisy Greenaway | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Daisy Greenaway

As a final year journalism student I'm well aware of the implications of social media and how to use it responsibly. It wasn't until a tweet of mine went viral that it actually hit home however. I'd never imagined that a misspelt tweet would end up with my photo on every news site, a video of me broadcast on ITV, and people across the country sending me messages. What was this tweet? Simply declaring that rioters were trying to hurt police horses and when I intervened one of them turned on me...

We Need More Working Class Journalists

James Cropper | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Cropper

We all know journalism does a lot of reporting but it is about time that the industry addresses this problem, which ironically exists under its very nose. If it does, a more diverse range of voices will have a platform to be expressed which can only lead to a more democratic industry.

Making the Most of Your Media Opportunities

David Spencer | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK
David Spencer

Two weeks ago, the first radio station I worked at was turned off with little fuss and little attention...

We Must Reject the Demand to Try Charlie Hebdo, and the Narrative That Spawned It

David Browne | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

Last week, Charlie Hebdo magazine contained cartoons featuring Aylan Kurdi's death. The cartoons mocked the atmosphere which had preceded, and indeed ...

CV or Not CV - That Is the Question

David Spencer | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK
David Spencer

A recent conversation with a colleague, who is Managing Director of a publishing company led to a fascinating revelation. He told me that he never looks at the CV of applicants for jobs in his company...

Politics is Broken, Not Jeremy Corbyn: If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It..

Karl Davis | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

Not that long ago, I walked away from Labour for the second time. I was in despair at their brazen rejection of the ideals and values that spurned the...

Inside News UK's News Academy

Theo Davies-Lewis | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Theo Davies-Lewis

News UK has big plans for young people. They have shown their investment in the future of journalism through establishing the News Academy - the mechanism in which any young aspiring journalist in any part of the UK should aspire to get involved with.

Mick Wall - A Life in Rock

Chris Saunders | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Chris Saunders

Anyone with a vested interest in rock music or journalism, or even, God forbid, the product of a sordid union between the two, will know who Mick Wall is. He made his name on Sounds magazine in the late 70's, wrote for Kerrang! throughout the 80's heyday of heavy metal, and was a founding editor of Classic Rock in the 90s.

Meet The Leader Of The UK's New Feminist Political Party

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK Politics

Sophie Walker, the leader of the new Women’s Equality Party, says she wants to change the perception of politics as "white men in suits, scoring poi...

The UK Has Condemned Egypt's Al Jazeera Journalist's Sentencings - But Not Loudly Enough

Toby Gould | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Toby Gould

The UK government's response to the outrageous three year sentences handed down to three journalists in Egypt has been similar to the response of the ...

Why I Declined to Pose as an Isis Recruit for a Conservative Magazine

Hani Richter | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Hani Richter

As soon as I revealed that I was a Muslim, I was asked to pose as a terrorist, and was badly convinced that doing so would be good journalism. Well, I don't think this. In fact I think the complete opposite.

'We Are Family' - Journalists Tweet Tributes To The Virginia Shooting Victims

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK

Journalists from around the world are offering touching tributes to two US broadcasters shot dead by a disgruntled former employee on Wednesday. C...

Sharing Your Experience - The Power of Mentoring

David Spencer | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK
David Spencer

But the 'tricks' that made that difference were only possible to understand by having experience. They might seem obvious to a 46 year old, but not to a 22 year old. I find it hugely rewarding to use this experience in the industry to help others start or improve their media career

Maajid Nawaz, Identity Politics, and the Dangerous Search for the "Community Representative"

David Browne | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

The treatment of Maajid Nawaz by the Guardian (in contrast to its recently-published interview with the leader of Hizb-ut-Tahrir in Britain) reveals a worrying trend in the British Left today, namely its fascination with the search for a Community Representative and the compartmentalising of identity.

Are We Helping ISIS By Broadcasting Their Atrocities?

Nadeem Shad | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Nadeem Shad

A few weeks ago ISIS or at least ISIS inspired individuals reached a new stage in their development as an extreme radical Islamist group. They have cr...

From the Budget to Sir Tim Hunt: Facts Must Prevail Over Narrative

David Browne | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

In an age of social media, where stories can go viral in much shorter spaces of time than before, one would think that it would become ever more important from an ethical point of view for stories to be contextualised and reported accurately.

Free NME - Madness or a Smart Move?

Paul Blanchard | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Blanchard

They're not a daily newspaper but a niche weekly magazine assumed by all to appeal only to a young demographic? Many of the commentariat think not. And there is certainly an argument that NME's readership is teenagers who, unlike Evening Standard fans, are not going to pick up a free copy to read on their commute to work.

News UK Opens Doors for Young People, While the Guardian Shuts It With Whopping £599 Price Tag for Summer School

Theo Davies-Lewis | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK Politics
Theo Davies-Lewis

The Guardian will be deeply embarrassed by the Press Gazette's headline, and the possible bad press that will follow

Jack Sommers

The Ex-Guardian Journalist Who Accidentally Fuelled 7/7 Conspiracy Theories | Jack Sommers | Posted 04.07.2015 | UK

To mark the 10 year anniversary of the London 7/7 terrorist attacks, HuffPost UK is running Beyond The Bombings, a special series of interviews, blogs...

Writers Block

Miriam Brown | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Miriam Brown

Authors get writers block. They hit a wall, a creative blockage whereby they simply cannot write, no matter how hard they try. Journalists don't get writers block. How can they? Stories move too quickly, new things happen every day. Journalists have it lucky. There is too much to write about. Right?

My Newsquest Journey

Danielle Lowe | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

Somebody should also remind Newsquest that newspapers have not been money making machines on the whole for years and that they simply buy the owner power both socially and politically and if the management board are in this for the profit then they are the ones that should be dismissed for being in the wrong industry.