UK Journalism

The 'Enemy Within': A Gay Russian Writer Talks about Homophobia and Libel under Putin

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Politics
Cathal Sheerin

In times of crisis, Russia hunts for the enemy within; that's what Sergey Khazov tells me when I ask him why there is so much anti-gay sentiment in his country.

Out in the Cold: Russia and the Sochi Winter Games

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Politics
Cathal Sheerin

By signing so much dissent-strangling legislation, by playing to the most reactionary elements in Russian society, by crushing popular protest and by harassing civil society, Putin is dragging Russia away from its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to respect freedom of opinion and expression.

"I Do Solemnly Swear Not to Let Free Champagne Cloud My Judgement..." 12 Oaths All Beauty Editor's Should Swear To

Phoebe Parke | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Phoebe Parke

Flip through the beauty pages of your favourite glossy and you might end up feeling worse than you did before you picked it up. With photoshopped celebs, circled cellulite and new 'wonder' products that cost a week's wages in every issue, surely it's time for a change?

When Journalism Turns Trashy, Trash Turns Glamorous!

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

Okay. Get this. It's mind-numbing cold outside. Everyone is thinking of some way or the other to keep themselves warm and survive through the winter, and live to tell the tale. However, cold does not bring money. So, you gotta do what you gotta do. Work from home.

How the 'Hungry Dogs' Story Shows Us How Little We Really Know About North Korea

James O'Malley | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Politics
James O'Malley

The last few days have seen a number of news organisations looking rather sheepish and blushing intensely when you look at them - as they all fell for the hoax that claimed that Kim Jong Un executed his uncle using a pack of dogs.

How to Change Your Life: A Guide for the Faint of Heart

Christina Kenny | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Christina Kenny

Last year I did something very strange and out of character. I left a good, secure job (without even being asked to first) and agreed to give all of my savings to a university in exchange for them teaching me how to be a journalist...

Is 30 Too Old to Start Again?

Laura Price | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Price

Last summer, I did my first (unpaid) internship at a magazine. I turned 31 during the placement - older than a lot of my colleagues at the magazine and not much younger than the editor. In many ways, it was one of the best things I ever did.

The Royal Charter in 2014, and the Prime Minister's Thoughts

Professor Brian Cathcart | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Politics
Professor Brian Cathcart

This country is now very close to settling a problem that has plagued it for generations. The problem was this: how to protect ordinary citizens from lying, bullying and unjustified intrusion carried out in the name of journalism, while at the same time ensuring that journalists were free to do the job they need to do to sustain our democracy. The solution is the Royal Charter on press self-regulation.

What the West Has Forgotten

Andreea Groenendijk-Deveau | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK
Andreea Groenendijk-Deveau

Can you imagine living with one half of a bread loaf a day? With soy salami instead of meat? With the same pair of grey shoes, clothes and life as the next person? With two hours a day of TV programmes transmitting state propaganda? With being forced to have as many as eight children because contraception was illegal, carrying a jail sentence? Everyday.

2014 - The Year of the (New) Journalist

Grant Feller | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK
Grant Feller

Mums and dads of wannabe writers, encourage your darlings to sharpen their pens, read newspapers, blog, tweet and watch late-night showings of All The President's Men, The Front Page and Five-Star Final (hunt it down, it's brilliantly nasty). They may not end up changing the world but I'm fairly confident that journalism will soon be more lucrative than it is now. And it'll save them from investment banking.

Egypt Arrests Three Al Jazeera Journalists

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.12.2013 | UK

Egyptian police have arrested a team of journalists at the Cairo bureau of Al-Jazeera English, including former BBC correspondent Peter Greste and AJ'...

Student Tabloid Journalism

Hesham Mashhour | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Hesham Mashhour

"By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community". So said Oscar Wilde and, thanks to the efforts of The Tab, these words sadly now seem to ring true.

Crowdfunding: A New Horizon

Tony Mckenna | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK
Tony Mckenna

You might have already heard of Crowdfunding - the phenomenon by which an idea for a project or invention is relayed to the public, usually via the internet, in order to attract funds and become a reality. This year it has hit the mainstream with a bang - with celebrities such as Zach Braff and James Franco using it as a way to attain revenue for their own movie projects.

A Rush of Journalists

Nazanine Moshiri | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK
Nazanine Moshiri

There have been very few direct threats towards international journalists in the country, but getting caught up in the crossfire, being robbed, or even sexually assaulted are all daily risks. Some writers still managed to get the story out from a distance, relying on telephone or email interviews, and press releases from Human Rights Watch or Doctors Without Borders to embellish their copy. So, what changed?

Gender Segregation and Our Anti-Islamist Norm

Alastair Sloan | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Politics
Alastair Sloan

Is gender equality an issue that can be assigned to the conventional notions of left and right? Undoubtedly, it stretches across the political pantheon. But more importantly - is anti-Islamism now a stance the left and right can unite over? This is a discussion that needs to take place outside Westminster.

Pussy Riot Will Soon Be Free... Speech in Russia Will Not

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Politics
Cathal Sheerin

Whilst the amnesty granted to the two imprisoned members of Pussy Riot - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Mariya Alekhina - is to be welcomed, we must view it for what it is: a political stunt by the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.

Let's Get Rid of Unpaid Internships, We're Not Made of Airports

Matt Lacey | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Lacey

It's difficult to think of a greater embodiment of wealthy people being able to purchase advantage for their offspring and puts me in mind of an excellent Simpsons scene where Montgomery Burns attempts to buy a place at his alma mater for his son, who is so stupid that Yale set the price of entry as being 'an international airport'.

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

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.