UK Journalism

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.

Daily Mail Journalist Views Internet Child Porn, Writes About It

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.05.2013 | UK

The Metropolitan Police says it is "liaising" with the Daily Mail after a journalist wrote about visiting child pornography sites. Specialist offic...

Journalism Is Not a Profession

James Alan Anslow | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK
James Alan Anslow

As an activity, journalism cannot and should not be licensed by the state or any professional body, any more than art or political protest should.

Content May Be King, But It's a Pauper Without Quality Control

Jon Wilks | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Tech
Jon Wilks

My advice to any company involved in the content land grab would be to find themselves an experienced sub, and do it quickly - before they all retrain and their indispensable talents are lost to us forever.

Twenty-year-old Woman Commits Suicide in Kurdistan

Ruwayda Mustafah | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK
Ruwayda Mustafah

Throughout winter, there were numerous, in fact too many, cases of women who just happened to accidently get burned while sleeping too close to the heater, which for reasons unknown to the public tipped over the victim. Cases like these are obviously honor-tainted

An Arrogant 'Concession'

Professor Brian Cathcart | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Brian Cathcart

We have a Royal Charter that has been approved by every single party in Parliament. It is backed by the mass of public opinion. And it is based on the recommendations of a year-long, judge-led public inquiry of remarkable thoroughness. And now the people who run some of our big newspaper corporations - an industry condemned by that inquiry for 'wreaking havoc in the lives of innocent people' - say they have made a concession towards it.

Tell Me the Full Story - Using Video!

Sue Brooks | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Tech
Sue Brooks

More than a quarter of people told us that they'd go elsewhere if video wasn't available at their preferred news source. This isn't surprising. Remember how "chimney cam" became compulsive viewing as we waited while the conclave elected a new pontiff? Now imagine it without the chimney. Or the cam.

Shooting the Shooters Who Shoot the Shooters - Syria's War Against Journalists

Neil Durkin | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

Amnesty has recorded at least 17 incidents where Syria's armed opposition groups have deliberately targeted journalists and media workers, but the bulk of killings, detentions and cases of gruesome mistreatment still come at the hands of government forces.

Jessica Elgot

'Shooting The Messenger'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 04.05.2013 | UK

Syria is the deadliest place for journalists, who are deliberately targeted by both the government and rebel groups, according to a new human rights r...

A Close Shave: Journalists at the Sharp End

Neil Durkin | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK
Neil Durkin

In fact it's always timely to be reminded of the fact that journalists are a vital pillar of any properly functioning democratic society. And this is notwithstanding the recent hammering that some parts of the profession have taken in this country over phone-hacking and other illegal activity. The fall-out from Leveson shouldn't distract us from the extremely serious work that journalists regularly do.

Mentoring in Media - A Graduate Lesson

David Spencer | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
David Spencer

In 2013 such opportunities are rare. Most people recommend embarking on a university degree course, even if you want to be a presenter. But even once that course is completed and you have your qualification, entry into the industry is difficult.

Is Twitter a Good Source of Breaking News?

Jamie Bartlett | Posted 21.06.2013 | UK Tech
Jamie Bartlett

Following the Boston bombings, anyone following the relevant feeds and hashtags would have seen a surge of contradictory stories and speculation, some important and true, others later exposed as nonsense. Twitter is both an enormous rumour mill, and invaluable source of valuable information. I could end this article here, but academics have been studying this question in detail since at least 2010, so I'm about to get a little technical.

The Poverty of the Daily Mail

Anna Claeys | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Claeys

Moving from one deeply troubled individual with a history of drug problems and criminal charges to painting welfare claimants as selfish and irresponsible with one broad sweep of the brush is inexcusable journalistic distortion of facts.

Truth Is in the Eye of the Beholder

Seth Freedman | Posted 02.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Seth Freedman

Sifting fact from fiction whilst simultaneously rushing to file copy is a high-stakes affair, the repercussions of which are felt long after the story has been subbed, laid out and published for mass consumption.

It All Comes Down to Money in the End

William Davie | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
William Davie

The world wide web is supposed to be free. That's why Tim Berners-Lee never patented it. He didn't want to put it beyond the use of anyone. But that spirit of altruism makes it difficult for people who are hoping to make money from it.

Lucy Sherriff

Would You Pay?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 28.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education

On Wednesday, the Daily Telegraph announced its intention to launch a paywall while The Sun's chief executive hinted the tabloid could also start maki...

Boris Johnson Wants to Be Prime Minister - And So Does Everyone Else

Bobby Friedman | Posted 27.05.2013 | UK Politics
Bobby Friedman

However many classical or sporting analogies he cites, whatever his chances of being reincarnated as an olive really are, we all know that Boris would kill to be prime minister. But then, the same is true of almost every single minister and the vast majority of MPs.

Paywall Comes Down On Daily Telegraph

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK

The Daily Telegraph is to launch a paywall, the third broadsheet after the Times and the Financial Times to charge for access, but the paper will allo...