At the best of times, you can't move for media conferences. And this isn't the best of times, so all the trite and the good are gathering repeatedly and especially to form little echo chambers on panels, on which they spend their time bemoaning echo chambers on social media.
The announcement that George Osborne has been appointed as editor of the Evening Standard caused considerable mirth this weekend in what we used to ca...
Fake news is everywhere - or so we're told.
It's not always easy to spot since it looks pretty much like the real thing. And the real thing, well......
According to a recent survey by Sport England, a third of women still worry about what people think of their appearance and ability when they exercise. At a time where we're seeing women as world leaders, this is a worrying statistic.
What matters more: that an MP has five jobs outside Parliament or that an MP is editing London's top newspaper? George Osborne's appointment as Editor of the Evening Standard has led to an outcry on the first issue - but what about the second? Is that not a problem?
Another way to ensure VR doesn't become a male echo chamber is for more female leaders to take the reins. Whether it's female entrepreneurs investing in hardware, or more women assuming creative roles, if females aren't part of the top-down hierarchy, VR is destined for a patriarchal future.
It seems to me that this is just the latest step in George's ongoing quest to become Prime Minister. The editorship of the Evening Standard may look like a powerful pulpit from which to hurl stones at Theresa May and build momentum for a bid for Downing Street. But it would be an immense disservice to the million people who read the paper. And in the end, the readers have to come first.
When I was asked by Paul Dacre to become editor of Metro back in 2000, he told me with a mischievous glint in his eye: 'Make it good...but don't make it too good'.
As Jon Stewart recently put it, "it is time for you to get your groove back, media," he said. It's time for media brands to redefine their role and create a model for the future - a new model that brings back criticality to who they are and what they do.
Anyone who speaks out about their own mental health issues has the right to control how and where their comments are used, just as they would with any other health condition. Having depression shouldn't define Stormzy, nor should it overshadow every interview he does.
The concept for the programme was for me to undergo exposure therapy in 24 hours, which has never been done before. Having studied somatic re-experiencing (the same as exposure therapy in its goal) this in my opinion is the most foolish and dangerous thing I have ever heard! I was effectively going to be used as a guinea pig to see what would happen under such extreme circumstances. Guaranteed drama. Guaranteed "jeopardy' - a word that is the go-to place for any celebrity-based programme to maximise ratings.
So in a world with doctored videos and disinformation campaigns distorting what we all see online everyday, how can the public understand whether the content they're consuming and sharing is truthful, and how can media companies prevent their reputation from being damaged by fake content?
I've always loved media. It says all the wrong things about me, but big media breakthroughs, driven by technology have been some of the most vivid and exciting moments I can remember.
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.
I've seen plenty of campaigns and events aimed at the Muslim community dedicated to combatting extremism. Yet when I sit with friends I realise the sheer gap between what defines the lives of ordinary Muslims, desires for a sense of belonging, for equality, for a sense that we matter too and what governments and others think has come to define them.
As this was an observational study, the researchers are unable to state the exact cause for this result: "We do not yet know which came first - the social media use or the perceived social isolation," says senior author Dr. Elizabeth Miller, Ph.D., professor of paediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh.