Category Archives: Africa

Front pages reviewed at midnight: Thursday 31 March 2011

When its quiet papers aim to suit their core audience and so it is tonight. The Indy have Robert Fisk in Syria, Mail and Telegraph lead with grandparents’ rights, Guardian has human rights and The Times says that the credit crunch bites.

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Front pages reviewed at midnight: Thursday 6 January 2011

The Mail continues its government waste season with a scoop about the UK Trade and Investment, The Times congratulates itself on last night’ good story, The Telegraph reports on limited numbers of flu vaccinations and the Indy focuses on the UN Index of Food prices.

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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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