Protecting fair trials, or 'cloud cuckoo land'?

Jan
06

With discussions underway about changing contempt of court laws, newspapers and journalists are facing fears about the future of court reporting.

Although journalists are already doing what they can to avoid prejudicing court cases by following the Contempt of Court Act 1981 and the PCC code, the Law Commission is asking for more.

Courts may soon have the power to order that any previous articles which could be prejudicial be removed from websites. This could include articles from years before that a member of the jury might come across.

Posted By Rebecca Pike read more

A Fallen Legend

Jan
04

To say that Arthur Quinlan led a remarkable life would be a massive understatement.

Arthur Quinlan, who was considered a “master of executing international scoops”, interviewed every US President from Harry Truman to George H. W. Bush and was the only western journalist to interview Che Guevara. Sadly, Quinlan passed away just before Christmas but left behind a legacy that would be the envy of any journalist today.

Posted By Helen Grimes read more

Fewer than 10 complaints: Do Press-orchestrated Moral Panics even mean anything anymore?

Jan
03

I don't know if you saw Channel 4's 'The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2012' Programme last week. If not, there's a link for it below:

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/big-fat-quiz/4od

I leave this, not to offend, but in true Daily Mail style, so that you can judge the offensiveness of the jokes before you decide how offended you should be by something you may or may not have seen over a week ago. 

Posted By Tim Bates read more

American newspaper reveals gun permit holders after Newtown shootings - Crossing the line?

Jan
03

In the aftermath of the Newtown shootings, The Journal News, an American news website, published the names and addresses of hand gun permit owners in New York’s Westchester and Rockland Counties. The interactive map pinpoints the exact location of residents able to hand guns; however the model of hand gun is no specified. Did Journal News cross a line uncovering gun permit owners to the rest of the world, or is it a justified way of revealing America’s growing addiction to fire arms?

Posted By Cecily Snowball read more

The end of the world?

Dec
21

So the 21st of December 2012 has come around and surprise surprise - the world hasn’t ended. Although a myriad of possible causes for the Earth’s destruction were mooted, none came to fruition. Personally I was hoping for some sort of ‘Shaun of the Dead’ apocalypse, but was left disappointed, with just these memes to entertain me;

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/slideshow/funny-memes-end-world-18027284

Posted By Dan Sampayo read more

Let morals exact change

Dec
11

Times Higher Education asked me to defend the principle that newspapers should be self-regulating. It was an interesting commission because the deadline was tight and also because THE's academic readership is not as hostile to statutory underpinning of press regulation as the national newspapers for which I normally write. Anyway, I had a go - and you can read the column here. From the look of the comments to date I was right to guess this would be a hard sell... 

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BJR recognises the Centre for Journalism

Dec
11

British Journalism Review invited me to describe what we teach in the Centre and to reflect on how it prepares our students for careers in the multimedia world. I was delighted to promote our degrees and to boast a bit about our graduates and their jobs in journalism. You can read my piece in the latest edition of BJR (Vol.23, No. 4) or online here. Such recognition in the  profession's best journal is flattering to everyone in the Centre. 

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NCTJ Law exams in January - important info Part 2

Dec
11

As we've discussed all term, the NCTJ Essential Media Law exam for Year 2s and MAs will take place on January 23rd 2013. You MUST see Anastasia to register - and pay -  for this exam by FRIDAY. There is a three-week run-in period so by the time you return in January it will be too late.  This also applies to any YEAR 3s who plan to re-sit either EML or Court Reporting in January.

And in case my last blog was a bit ambiguous - I WILL be doing a Year 2 law session this Friday morning for anybody who's not taking the shorthand exam! Xmas sweeties provided........

Posted By Sarah Fuller read more

'If the newspaper dies, who will conduct investigative journalism? Who will hold public officials accountable?'

Dec
10

Here's the trailer from a new US documentary by Lenny Feinberg and Chris Foster, described as "an in-depth look at the newspaper industry as it struggles to remain financially viable and to keep the presses rolling".

 

Posted By Ian Reeves read more

Buzz News - the stats

Dec
09

Congratulations to Year 3 students for breaking the Centre for Journalism record for traffic visiting their web site for an assessed news day last Friday.

Posted By Ian Reeves read more

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