UK Journalism

Spike the Gloom - Journalism Has a Bright Future

The Conversation UK | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK
The Conversation UK

Whenever more than two journalists gather together to discuss the future of their business, the dialogue is usually depressing. This prevailing pessimism must change: we need a new conversation about what's happening to news. What's happening is better than many journalists think.

Is Covering Conflict a Journalistic Necessity?

Sarah Aston | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Politics
Sarah Aston

Much has been said in recent years about the decline of the media profession as social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook circulate news before journalists even get a chance to put the nib of their pen to paper so to speak. So if the risks of conflict reporting are steadily getting higher yet the return or the presumed relevance of such reporting is rapidly declining in the face of around the clock tweeting and uploading - will we see a dearth of conflict reporters risking their lives to get the story?

Frost, Nixon and Me: The Day I Met David Frost

Simon Thompson | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Simon Thompson

I'll never forget the time I interviewed Sir David Frost. As far as beacons of world class journalism go, America had Walter Cronkite and we had Sir David. And then they had Sir David too.

Breaking Into the Media

David Spencer | Posted 26.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
David Spencer

Everyone is unique in what they need to work on and develop but practical training and experience cannot be beaten. Whether you dream of being a radio newsreader or a radio presenter, you will need to gain confidence in your 'sound'...

Why Kevin Spacey Should Become a Newspaper Editor

Grant Feller | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Grant Feller

Kevin Spacey, alias fiendish Keyser Soze from The Usual Suspects, will no doubt always be remembered for one of the great lines of cinema: 'The greate...

Decoding the New Security System

Agnes Callamard | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Politics
Agnes Callamard

Harassment of journalists is a clear violation of the right to freedom of expression, which is protected by the UK's domestic law and international law. Extending such harassment to members of a journalist's family is utterly appalling.

Sickness, Travel and Work

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

I've been pretty ill with possibly a mild version of dengue fever, which is caused by mosquitoes, last week, so I missed a fair bit of work and slept practically all day, every day!

A 21st Century Dilemma: Print Vs Pixel

Jason A Murdock | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Tech
Jason A Murdock

If you believe the hype, the Internet is pure unadulterated evil. It is single handedly assassinating every major industry, every business and everything enjoyable in the world. This cold blooded creature sneaks up and attacks when the backs are turned...

22 Journalist Expressions No One Ever Says In Real Life

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK Comedy

Have you ever bedded a blonde? And when it didn't work out between you, did you cause a stir and show them what they were missing by flaunting your cu...

Is The Sun Paywall a Triumph for Marketing Over Journalism?

Jonathan Weinberg | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK
Jonathan Weinberg

With a digital-first generation growing up with no real interest in newspapers, their heritage or traditional brand allegiances, a paywall that is designed to stave off losses from a growing print decline could well eventually consign the journalism in both its offline and online arms to just a historic footnote on Wikipedia.

Did WikiLeaks Let Bradley Manning down?

Victoria Sadler | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK Politics
Victoria Sadler

WikiLeaks are advocating their secrecy as a source of pride, as a discharge of their responsibilities, but in this case it was not enough. In this instance, the need for secrecy left Manning adrift at the very point when he needed firm guidance. 'Nathaniel', it seems, was not concerned enough in protecting Manning once they had got the secrets from him.

Has Anyone Noticed How Everything Is Being Turned Into a List?

Nick Jones | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK
Nick Jones

This repetitive use of the same format is the product of a wider problem facing the media in the internet age. There's simply too much space to fill these days, and journalists are being forced to turn around content much faster than ever before

Here's to the Journalist from a Blogger

John Sargeant | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK
John Sargeant

In some ways us bloggers are parasites feeding off the labours of others then giving our spin on it to suit either our opinions and those that may follow us - in under 800 words. How we do this is not governed by any particular media code of ethics.

Freedom of Speech Is Not Freedom to Spin

The Conversation UK | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

Free speech does not imply the freedom to mislead. We want our media to be free, but also honest and reliable.

The Student Tabloid and the Trolls

Ben Dalton | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Dalton

The anonymity of the internet at large brings with it the exciting positives of more discussion, more openness and, maybe most importantly, more honesty. The audience, hiding comfortably behind their online avatars, have no reason to feel mitigated or restrained. Increasingly, this leads to internet comment sections being used as a depositary for public anger and frustration.

How Far Would You Go for a Career in Journalism?

Mark Hillary | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hillary

That's the problem facing Michael Lee Johnson from Manchester. His dream is to become a travel writer, but as a web designer with around 20 years experience his challenge is finding a new employer that would be interested in letting him make that career leap.

What Does Dave Dinsmore's First Week in Charge of The Sun Tell Us?

Stephen Hull | Posted 01.09.2013 | UK
Stephen Hull

Dave Dinsmore has arguably got the toughest job in British journalism - to make the Sun great. Like taking on the role of England football manager Dinsmore is accountable for every spit and cough which hits the paper (and don't forget the website.) One week into his tenure in the hot seat what have we learnt?

Harvard Professor Shows Traditional Media How to Cope With the Future

Colin Morrison | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK
Colin Morrison

A Harvard professor lectures on how whole industries have found it impossible to reinvent themselves in the face of technological revolution. He tells newspaper groups they will have to change almost everything in order to survive. Along comes his church (yes) and asks him to save their own 160-year-old daily paper. In a few short years, the professor becomes a media industry hero.

We Need Local Papers

William Davie | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
William Davie

By not buying local papers or reading them, or paying them any attention, we are depriving ourselves of not only a very useful source of information, but also a very, very, important part of our media heritage.

A Prison within a Prison: the Solitary Confinement of Kazakh Poet Aron Atabek

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK
Cathal Sheerin

Hooded and handcuffed, sixty year old poet Aron Atabek shuffles around a dimly-lit room. The guards accompanying him prevent any communication with hi...

Journalism; Occupation of the Privileged?

Tom Walters | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Walters

Journalism is an industry that relies on a depth of variation to ensure engaging and informative content. Journalism needs writers from all walks of life, all upbringings and from every part of the UK, not just the ones lucky enough to stay with an uncle in Richmond.

Confessions of a Not-So-Live Live-Tweeter

Neil Durkin | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Neil Durkin

These are the confessions of a live tweeter who ... is not tweeting live. There, I've said it. This evening I'm due to attend a big event from which I'm supposed to tweet events as they happen. And so I will. Except the content of the tweets has - largely - been written in advance. It's all being written by me.

Of Differentiated Journalism and Journalists

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

Media owners have always been interested in following the audience to make journalism a viable business, for which they want news, political, economic...

Does Citizen Journalism Need to be Objective?

Amel Guettatfi | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Amel Guettatfi

While citizen journalism has brought on a new wave of completely unadulterated content allowing for unheard voices to be heard, it has also highlighted the need for new ways to scrutinize incoming media.

Paedophiles: The Ordinary Monsters Hiding in Plain Sight

Hayley Meachin | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK
Hayley Meachin

How do you spot a paedophile? With great difficulty. While media coverage of cases of horrific child abuse and murder use terms such as 'evil', 'monster' and 'fiend' to describe perpetrators, the reality is that paedophiles generally look the same as everybody else.