Category Archives: Media

The Guardian abandons the newspaper format!

So I was just signing up to the Guardian’s media blog email and I noticed that they have abandoned the newspaper format altogether, kind of. The sign up form asks you your main area of media interest and newspapers isn’t one of the options…

Under Main area of professional interest the only options it has are Radio, TV, Advertising, Communications, Digital/Online, Academia, Brand Strategy/Identity, Publishing, Gaming and Other.

Where is newspapers? Does it come under publishing? I know its a dead art but surely its not just ‘other’. Sometimes I wonder why I bother to learn about an industry that won’t exist by the time I graduate…

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British newspaper front pages review at midnight: Monday 8 November 2010

Tonight’s papers are unusually good for a Sunday night, with only The Times forced to do a round-up of the Sunday TV shows. The FT has the most interesting splash in terms of the global economy, though admittedly its not a page turner, and even the Indy gets a semi-splash of its own.

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Front pages review: Tuesday 19 October 2010

The story of Tuesday’s papers is about positioning for the Comprehensive Spending Review, and the issue of defence dominates all but one of the papers.

The Financial Times and The Guardian both splash with what will probably be the lead story tomorrow, that the government will delay renewing Trident by between three and five years. This would be, for Lib Dems, a relatively big coup if they got it through. The Guardian’s headline “Cameron to delay Trident replacement” is less immediately catchy than the FT’s “Trident to be delayed by up to five years”

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Tomorrow’s front pages review: 15 October 2010

It is obviously a relatively quiet day on Fleet Street with the papers falling back on their traditional strongholds.

The Guardian has a story about a man dying whilst being deported to Angola on Tuesday. If you look carefully it is fairly typical in its format as a Guardian article. The testimony of one, supposedly independent, citizen is pitted against the a number of dull and lifeless quotes from various figures in the state. Only one source, a 58-year old oil engineer, is used and so the article is a little weak on force but is interesting none-the-less.

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NOTW phone hacking

Last night a panel at City university London including Max Mosley, Guardian journalist Nick Davies, former News of the World (NOTW) features editor Paul McMullan and Roy Greenslade and debated newspaper journalism in the post-NOTW phone-hacking world.

I felt the debate was a little stuck in 1980. All the panelists talked about newspaper editors like they were huge behemoths without once mentioning the internet. Nothing was mentioned of the number of dubious privacy stories which have that are being broke on the internet. Think, for example, of the story earlier this year about William Hague having gay relations with his aide. That broke not in the mainstream print media, many of whom had known of the rumours about his sexuality for years, but because of a number of online blogs starting rumours. Eventually Hague overreacted to the rumours and escalated the story, but the initial potentially libelous claims were made on a number of different sites on the internet. Who could you sue for libel in such cases?

As his solution to what is so-called ‘legitimate’ hacking in the public interest Nick Davies proposed a panel of ‘three wise men’ who would be able to decide whether a story is in the public interest before it was published.  He suggested that the meetings would be kept secret but how long before the rumours would leak onto the internet? Then everything that went before the judges would be known by other papers and eventually linked to gossip websites.

When the John Terry affair rumours were to be published in The News of the World a judge ruled on the Friday that they be restricted by a super-injunction. By  the following Thursday they were allowed to be published as internet rumours had made the story effectively in the public domain already. Therein the NOTW, the paper that had invested the resources in the story, had lost the scoop and the revenue that went with it. Having six distinguished panelists debate the future of the newspaper journalism is only really worthwhile if they can talk about the future of journalism as well. For a more thorough analysis they would have to have considered some of the sites, like popbitch, that the NOTW is increasingly in competition with.