UK Newspapers

Is PR the Master of the Media, or Are We All?

Adam Stones | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK
Adam Stones

'The internet and social media have empowered the PR trade and freed it from subservience to the news media.' This was the provocative starting point for an RSA debate recently, which also asked what this premise meant for the future of journalism and, more importantly, the future of public interest.

NOTW Editor Found Guilty Of Phone Hacking

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK

A former news editor was warned he could face jail after he became the eighth person to be convicted of the phone hacking plot at the News of the Worl...

Newspaper Defends Columnist Who Said Accepting Gay People Could Destroy Civilisation

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK

The editor of a Devon newspaper says he stands by a column which described homosexuality as "an aberration" and claimed social acceptance of gays sign...

Can Newspapers Convince the Public IPSO Is Not a 'Sham'?

Martin Moore | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK
Martin Moore

As IPSO - the press' response to Leveson - opened for business this week, newspapers may be wondering whether they will be able to convince the public that it is not just a replica of its discredited predecessor, the Press Complaints Commission. No doubt IPSO will receive praise from newspapers themselves - at least initially. But will this be enough to paper over its shortcomings? Based on the public's response to the coverage of the Leveson Report and its implementation by the national press, the answer is no. It is highly unlikely that positive newspaper coverage will ever convince the public that IPSO is independent or effective.

What Caused The Daily Telegraph To Change This Front Page Headline

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK

The Daily Telegraph was forced to quickly change its main front page headline between editions last night after an unfortunate picture and story combi...

The Internationalisation of Press

Barry Whyte | Posted 02.10.2014 | UK
Barry Whyte

Only in the past couple of years have the rise of digital networks really facilitated the internationalisation of press... Not only are consumers reading online newspapers in growing numbers, but interestingly, their primary online newspaper is increasingly likely to be based in a country other than their own.

A Range of Voices in the Press Is Not Enough, We Need a Range of Pictures, Too

Clare Finney | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK
Clare Finney

Like many journalists, I revel in the cacophony of voices our papers present - but that is not enough. Humans see as well as listen. To ensure balance - of news, comment or of features - we need a range of photos too.

Britain's Grammatical Meltdown

Alexander Bowden | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK
Alexander Bowden

It is fair enough when one needs to write quickly in a personal message but this attitude needn't find its way into our press, our literature or our own writing. Call me the grammar police but whatever you do, just make sure your comment on this post makes sense.

The Language of a Journalist: Top Five Lines

Stephen Hamilton | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Comedy
Stephen Hamilton

I fell backwards into journalism. I planned on embarking on another path, well off track, as I had two choices: (1) to study psychology or (2) to study psychiatry. As you can guess I chose neither as I couldn't make my mind up.

The War On Truth: Journalists Vs PRs

Paul Blanchard | Posted 06.09.2014 | UK
Paul Blanchard

he press will always be vitally important in PR, but they're just not as important as the public. And today, if PR clients want to reach the public they don't necessarily need to go through a journalist to do it.

The 15 Most Daily Mail Headlines Ever

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Comedy

Even by the Daily Mail's usual standards, it's been quite a week for appalling headlines from the tabloid. First, there was the important matter of...

Miliband's Snap With the Sun May Be the Epitome of Shallow, Lazy Politics

Jack Butler | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Butler

Taking a picture with that newspaper was one of two things: either an act of stupidity by a busy, badly-advised man who wasn't thinking straight, or, much more worryingly, a cynical act of hypocrisy, shamelessly courting voters, in contrast to his own previous pronouncements on the values of the group which runs this particular newspaper.

Absence of Women in Top Media Jobs Must Be Addressed

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

Two of the greatest newspapers in the world, the New York Times and Le Monde, have lost their female editors within 24 hours of each other this week. Coincidence, of course. But also a salutary reminder of how few women are at the top of important media.

Drop the Dead Pizza Story

Paul Blanchard | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK
Paul Blanchard

I'm getting increasing concerned about this spinning of old stories and the re-presenting of it as breaking news. It seems to be happening more and more. I can understand a slow news day; you do need a dead donkey to drop if something happens.

The Inside Story Behind Max Clifford's First Front Page Splash

Rob McGibbon | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK
Rob McGibbon

The snapper and I duly waited outside the club later that evening. I remember Max pulling up in his silver Jaguar/Daimler and struggling to park. He kept bumping into other cars. No doubt he had over-estimated the length he had to play with!

A Dash of Fiction Flash

David Hynes | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK
David Hynes

Flash Fiction, ordinarily seen as self-contained pieces under 100 words, provides the ultimate source of escapism for minds weary of a flash-paced society with its hurling commuter runs through our towns and cities.

Undiscovered Capital Cities...Oh Wait

Kitiara Pascoe | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK
Kitiara Pascoe

It's naive to think that much of what you read is particularly truthful, unbiased, based on legitimacy or even marginally informative but The Independent definitely used to be a place you could go to for actual news, well thought-out opinions and a sense of pride in reporting.

Peaches Geldof: Press Assumptions Are a Dangerous Game

Sarah Moyes | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Moyes

If you are one of the many people who hadn't heard of SuicideGirls until a couple of days ago, then let me clear things up for you. Despite the name and some of the press reports that it makes death look good; it's not some sort of Pro-ana website for suicide. It's simply a community of people who challenge the ideals of beauty and also celebrates alternative cultures.

Intruding On Celebrity Grief - Do We Need to See It?

Penny Fordham | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Penny Fordham

Just 10-days ago came the sad news that the beautiful L'Wren Scott had passed away. I, like many other people, was shocked and read the 'breaking news' stories as they appeared online, wondering what had happened - it's human nature, I believe, to look for answers.

The Death of Multiculturalism?

Iram Sarwar | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK
Iram Sarwar

Multiculturalism is dead in the UK. Or, that seems to be the message delivered by some of the highest figures in British politics...

The Daily Mail Just Got A LOT Bigger

Posted 06.03.2014 | UK

It is famed for its sidebar of shame - and now the Mail Online is set to boost its traffic overnight by almost 30m. Staff at Metro.co.uk, the digit...

The Research Industry and the Media: A Match Made in Heaven

Jack R. Miles | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK
Jack R. Miles

The Telegraph's article highlights the similarities between the research industry and the mainstream press - and shows that they can work well together, clearly suggesting that the two disciplines can collaborate in the future for joint betterment...

Last Night I Learnt: I Can Have Wrinkles or Diabetes

Danielle Lowe | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

Last night, as I was following the hashtag #Tomorrowsnewspaperstoday on twitter around 10:30pm, I spotted two very interesting front pages that combined make a rather amusing story. ... The Daily Mail and Daily Express, both mentioned sugar and the effects that it can have on your body. I'm not sure which I should believe, if frankly, I should believe either (especially when leading TV and online sources haven't mentioned either story and their related research).

Beeb's Head Of News Says Corporation Not Damaging Regional Newspapers

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

BBC director of news James Harding has criticised the "mistaken view" that the corporation's local news service damages regional papers. Harding, form...

Is the Concept of Free Speech in Crisis?

Simon Stevens | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I believe 'free speech' is not just the act of allowing someone to say what they believe, so long as it is in a manner that is not personally abusive, but also the way to have the active respected and challenged in a manner that is not abusive.