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.
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.
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.
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
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…
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…
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.