UK Journalism

Shocking News - Schools Are Improving (Slightly)

Wendy Jones | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Wendy Jones

You might not have guessed it from reading this week's education headlines, but schools in England are actually getting better. Nearly eight out of 10 are judged good or outstanding in the annual report from the schools inspectorate, Ofsted - the highest proportion in the watchdog's 20-year history.

BBC Hard Talk: SOFT on Power, HARD on Real Journalism, Truth Telling and Glenn Greenwald

Joshua Funnell | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Politics
Joshua Funnell

Listening to the political gurglings of right-wing commentators a vision is painted of a monolithic BBC acting as an anti establishment, subversive enemy within.

The Dangers of Fast Fingers - Why We Must All Learn the Basics of Media Law

Sam Blackledge | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK
Sam Blackledge

The freedom and sense of community that comes with social networking is a wonderful thing, perhaps the most wonderful thing of the online age. But it comes with responsibility. If you intend to write about current affairs, publishing your unmoderated comments to however many pairs of eyes around the world, you must have an understanding of what you can and cannot say. It is no longer good enough to simply say "I didn't realise."

What Is the Future for Media Brands in a Digital Age?

John Oswald | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Tech
John Oswald

Looking at the impact of digital on media from a service design perspective, it seems to me that media brands don't have a monetisation challenge, they actually have a 'limitless opportunity' challenge, in other words, getting to grips with the many opportunities that digital technology now offers.

What's The Worst Industry For Bullying At Work?

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK

So-called glamorous industries such as arts, entertainment and the media are "hotspots" of bullying, according to a new report. A survey of 4,000 w...

Gunman Opens Fire At Paris Newspaper

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK

A city-wide manhunt is underway for a gunman who opened fire at the reception of the Paris building of left-wing newspaper Libération, seriously inju...

At the Nexus of Media and Politics - Part Two

Alastair Campbell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Alastair Campbell

We should lower the voting age, and introduce compulsory voting- with a 'none of the above' option - in local and national elections. Russell Brand's performance with Jeremy Paxman was electrifying TV, but dangerous. People should get involved. They should vote. And they should get into politics in whatever way can make a difference.

Dear Internet, I'm Just Going For A Walk. I May Be Some Time.

Bidisha | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Bidisha

At the end of 2013 I will be stepping away from blogging until June 2016, by which time I'm sure blogging will be obsolete. It feels excellent to discard a cultural practice which sounds and has begun to feel like a combination of bragging, slogging, slobbing, blabbing, blubbing, gobbing, gagging, dragging and blagging.

A Life at the Nexus Of Media and Politics - Part One

Alastair Campbell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Alastair Campbell

I think the pace of change has been greater during our lifetime than in any other period in history, and nowhere more so than in the media; papers, radio and TV active 24 hours a day, deadlines and regional borders effectively gone, news and comment largely fused, trends accelerated by social media which did not exist when I left Downing Street, let alone when I started. Mark Zuckerberg, 29, was not even born when I set out on the Daily Mirror.

Getting to the Depths of It - The Art of the Interview

Laura Collinson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Laura Collinson

As you progress through your career in journalism, you'll develop your own style, but by using the basic tricks of the trade you'll be ready to hit the ground running from your first assignment - straddling the needs of your editor and the readers sufficiently.

Niche Websites, Blogs and Magazines Should Come Together to Create Journalism That Can Make a Difference

Jon Vale | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Jon Vale

The medley of today's media is unprecedented. While Britain's biggest publishers find themselves in similarly unparalleled levels of turmoil - shrinking revenue, the threat of state regulation, and a growing tendency to aim their guns at each other - the range of outlets beneath them is fragmenting like light through a prism.

Volunteer Stories: India NGO Journalism Internship

Frontier | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Frontier

Coming to India? Bring your moustache. Yep, the 'mo' is a rite of passage here, with the mo'less representing a clear minority. The moustache brigade is waiting for me everywhere I turn. If you've ever felt the need to stretch your furry whisker potential, now is the time.

Constitutional Ransacking of British Journalism

The Conversation UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

British journalism has been battered by an unrelenting power grab on the part of the country's political classes. The move to foist an "all-party agreed" infrastructure of regulation by Royal Charter underpinned by punitive statutory sanction is part of a pattern of attack.

Here Is The Mundane News: Splendidly Unremarkable NIBs & Headlines

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 24.12.2013 | UK

Facebook was on Thursday awash with the revelation that Llwchwr Town Council is considering purchasing a colour photocopier. The news-in-brief ite...

Defining Public Interest - Why Gloria De Piero's Privacy Matters

The Conversation UK | Posted 23.12.2013 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

When De Piero says "no one should have to worry that something they did when they were young might prevent them from serving their community or getting involved in politics", the vast majority would agree with her. Those who are trying to boost circulations on the back of other people's misery or humiliation - as some of our newspapers have done for years - will find little solace in their "public interest" arguments.

Volunteer Stories: Fiji Journalism Internship

Frontier | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

I decided to take part in the Volunteer Abroad Journalism project because, having graduated from university in June, I wanted to have something in the pipeline that would incorporate travel AND work experience.

Governments Don't Always Tell the Truth on Matters of Security

The Conversation UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

Throughout modern history the press, in the UK and US, has generally been willing to support governments at war. In World War I the press wilfully aided the war effort. By 1918 Lord Beaverbrook, the owner of Express newspapers, was minister of information. Lord Northcliffe, owner of the Times and Daily Mail was in charge of all propaganda directed at enemy countries...

How 'Ag Gag' Laws Target Those Exposing Horrors of Factory Farming

Andrew Wasley | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK
Andrew Wasley

The pigs were crammed in; moving, squealing, eating, shitting - these animals didn't have the luxury of outdoor exercise or daylight. This barn (more like a warehouse in fact) was home for now. Locals told us the farm contained 13,000 pigs, and was an intensive piglet "nursery", where young animals were brought from breeding establishments elsewhere to fatten up before being dispatched to the slaughterhouse and people's dinner plates.

Can Greenwald Save Lost Generation of Independent Journalists?

Mischa Wilmers | Posted 19.12.2013 | UK
Mischa Wilmers

I am often bemused when I hear discussions about the future of quality mainstream journalism. Most newspaper journalists accept their industry is in d...

You Know You're A Student Journalist When..

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

You know you're a student journalist when... Stay tuned for our next dollop of "you know you're a student when.." ...

British Public Refuses to Urinate on Burning Daily Mail Offices

Will Porter | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Will Porter

If he was right and you could judge a man by the generation before them that would surely mean writing for the Daily Mail made him a Hitler loving anti-Semite. At this point he defecated in his own pants and started flinging his faeces around the newsroom.

Daily Mail Attack on Miliband's Father Is Hardly a New Low

The Conversation UK | Posted 01.12.2013 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

It's hardly news when a right wing newspaper attacks a Labour leader. It's all part of the game. Imagine if Neil Kinnock took umbrage every time he was denigrated by the Mail - it would have taken up all his time to defend himself. But Miliband is different...

The Clock Ticks On: The US Shutdown, A Southern View

James Mahon | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
James Mahon

Political suicide or protecting your own corner. This is what the American shutdown boils down to for many here in the southern states, including British and Irish workers from textiles to finance.

In Defence of the Critic

Marianka Swain | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK
Marianka Swain

Conversely, whether in print or online, critics with experience, expertise and a sense of responsibility should be championed. Those guiding voices make an essential contribution, with respected critical approbation translating into financial backing for many institutions and projects, and new voices handed a megaphone.

Kimmel's Twerk Video Hoax: An Epic Fail for Journalism

Planet Ivy | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK
Planet Ivy

Journalists everywhere should despair at how a commitment to storytelling with integrity was treated with such abandon. Frustratingly, the internet is full of readily accessible 'fail' videos, making it easy for journalists to go to YouTube, take down a copy of the video and run it.