Monthly Archives: November 2010

How cutting budgets might improve foreign news coverage

Last night I went to see the multi-award winning journalist Michela Wrong talk about working in sub-Saharan Africa. Chatham House Rules applied (i.e. everything was off the record and no quotes) but one thing she said got me thinking.

She mentioned that the serious cutbacks in foreign news reporting meant papers, broadcasters and agencies were no longer sending in Western correspondents but instead using local journalists. This, she said, might actually make the coverage better as they could provide local knowledge that the Westerner never can.

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The front pages reviewed first: Tuesday 30 November 2010

Is anyone else getting bored with Wikileaks already? The good news is the FT has a great splash. The bad news is everyone else rehashes Wikileaks. Not even the Times leads with the economy or any other story, just retelling the Duke of York’s woes.

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This Wikileak shows it has taken control of the press

Wikileaks no longer needs newspapers, newspapers need it.

This was not always the case. When the website first started publishing leaked documents it found it hard to get coverage in the ‘traditional’ media and the website’s founder Julian Assange is hardly a big fan of newspapers. For the first year the papers and the website had a mutually hostile relationship, with occasional bits of coverage the exception rather than the rule.

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The front pages reviewed first: Monday 29 November 2010

There is only one story tonight and it is the latest Wikileaks revelations about American foreign policy. So the splashes of the night go like this: Guardian – Wikileaks, Times – Wikileaks, Indy – Wikileaks, Telegraph – Wikileaks. The Daily Mail – the Royal family (and Wikileaks!) Continue reading

The front pages reviewed first: Friday 25 November 2010

Going to write my intro in the style of a limerick tonight. Feedback please.

The Guardian leads with the Met, the Indy goes with Ket (ling), The FT’s got Merv, the Mail’s got nerve, and the Telegraph has food you’ll regret.

Very sorry for that…

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The Independent, the Nazi and the Croatian fascist

Sometimes it feels like this blog is almost solely dedicated to discussing the Independent, but they do make the most interesting cock-ups. Today’s it emerges that they may face a law suit about a story two days ago in which they had a picture of former Nazi war criminal splashed across the front page. Well they thought they did…

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The front pages reviewed first: Thursday 25 November 2010

Tonight’s papers are diverse in a kind of dull way. You know the way they say “its the taking part that counts.” All the papers have technically produced front pages, but none of them would get a gold star from the teacher. The FT comes out moderately ahead, just for the clarity of writing.

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“No earthly reason” for newspapers to exist

I went to a talk last night about blogging which, as so often with talks about blogging, ended up being about newspapers. Karl Schneider, the development director at the incredibly successful B2B publisher RBI, said something that really struck a chord.

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The front pages reviewed first: Wednesday 24 November 2010

Somehow this morning I have managed to wipe out the whole blog post I wrote last night so am now doing it again.  I am pretty fuming and busy so its just going to be a brief summary of the stories with little analysis. Apologies.

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The not-so-slow decline of the I-paper

The I Paper may be a new idea, but it seems to be failing pretty fast. The Guardian reports today that sales of the Independent’s new 20p daily have fallen over half in the month since launching. It is obviously still early but the figures suggest that the Indy’s gamble may not be paying off. The reason? It’s too expensive…

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