UK Journalism

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.

Reflections

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...

'Much Read, Little Admired' - Can Football Journalism Be Serious?

Henry Cooke | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Sport
Henry Cooke

Like celebrity tittle-tattle, sports news is generally regarded as a 'lower form' of journalism. In the first of a series of articles taking a closer...

Unpaid Internships... It's Still Not What You Know

Sally Holt | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Politics
Sally Holt

As far as I can see, your ability to write, articulate, heal or lead is not inherently linked to your parents' wealth. It is our society which makes it so.

You're a Journalist? Relax! Shorthand's Just Not Needed

Jimmy Smallwood | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK
Jimmy Smallwood

The point is not that shorthand is pointless. If you want to learn it that's wonderful; broaden your skillset. But I can think of half a dozen skills I reckon you'd be better off acquiring to help you kick on in this journalistic rat race.

The Truth About OCD

Richard Taylor | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Taylor

For many people, the stereotype of OCD in mainstream media is so damaging because it makes them feel isolated, strange, different and abnormal when in reality, they should be made to feel accepted, loved and cared for. Just because you can't see their illness and it's in their head doesn't mean it's not real or should be treated any differently to a physical injury.

Journalists Who Say They Don't Need Shorthand Don't Get How Skills Work

Jack Sommers | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK
Jack Sommers

On Tuesday morning, I felt like journalism was having its own 'the country has had enough of experts' moment. A Twitter debate began about whether journalists should learn shorthand. People who really should know better were suggesting they should not.

The New Age Of Digital News

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Tech
Mohadesa Najumi

There is no doubt that we live in a digitally connected society. Almost any information we need can be found at the touch of a button, and communication can be facilitated between individuals instantly regardless of where they are in the world.

Google News Now Labels Fact Check Articles

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Tech

Google News has launched a fact check tag to help people find stories which separate fact from fiction as the US presidential election enters its fina...

Why Do We Hold Some People To Higher Standards Than Others?

Kylie Barton | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kylie Barton

The discussions in the media this week as to whether journalist stings are ethical has raised an even more pressing question - why do we hold officials in any form of public office to higher standards than others?