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Media Quotes of the Week: From Sun sniffer dog caused panic in the News of the World newsroom to why are there so few women sports journalists?

31 July 2014 - 5:35pm


Nick Davies in an extract from his new book Hack Attack in the Guardian on News of the World staff: "In the same way, they were ruthless in exposing any target who used illegal drugs, but there was no shortage of journalists using the same drugs. Former reporters tell stories of a Christmas disco where the dancefloor was almost empty while various guests resorted to the toilets to snort cocaine; and of a ripple of panic when the Sun let their anti-drug hound, Charlie the Sniffer Dog, loose in the newsroom."


Neil Wallis ‏@neilwallis on Twitter after being charged with phone hacking: "I'm devastated that more than 3 years after my initial arrest, this swingeing indiscriminate charge had been brought against me."


The Sunday Mirror: "Former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s son Nicky threatened to gag the Sunday Mirror tonight over claims about his private life. The 28-year-old instructed lawyers who threatened an injunction at London’s High Court on Saturday afternoon over a story about him we planned to publish."


Piers Morgan ‏@piersmorgan on Twitter: "Hmm... @thetimes transcript of @usainbolt 'bit s***' comment looks like he's talking about the weather to me."

Dylan Jones on Press Gazette:
 "I fear for it [the newspaper industry]. I don’t have a magic wand, but I’m a keen advocate of charging for content... If you give people things for free they expect to keep getting it for free. It’s very simple – the psychology is not difficult to understand."


Raymond Snoddy ‏@RaymondSnoddy on Twitter: "Journalists are, quite rightly, in jail because they broke the law but why do bankers seem to be immune from criminal prosecution?"

Robert Fisk in the Independent: "To die is one thing – to be turned into a blob quite another matter. The blob is the weird, mystical “cloud” which weak-kneed television producers place over the image of a dead human face. They are not worried that the Israelis will complain that a dead Palestinian face demonstrates Israeli brutality. Nor that a dead Israeli face will make a beast of the Palestinian who killed the dead Israeli. No. They are worried about Ofcom. They are worried about rules. They are worried about good taste – something these TV chappies know all about – because they are fearful that someone will scream if they see a real dead human being on the news."



The Women and Sport report: "The NUJ argued that the 'briefest of flicks through the back pages of newspapers will show a dearth of women reporting or photographing sport and virtually no coverage of women's sporting events. This partially reflects the situation in national papers, where the majority of bylines belong to men… it seems that you are more likely to see a female reporter on the frontline of a war than the touchline of a football or rugby match.'"

The Women and Sport report: "There are comparatively easy ways in which the media could contribute to reinforcing the view that women’s sport is normal and worthy of interest. One example would be for more national newspapers to publish the results of women’s matches alongside the men’s. Another would be for journalists and commentators to refrain from discussing the appearance
of sportswomen and from making derogatory comments about the ability of women in general to play sports."

Veteran newspaper journalist at a leaving do: "It's easy to remember the names of staff now - because there's so few of them."

Media Quotes of the Week: Regret over Ukraine air disaster coverage to sub editor struck by lightning

24 July 2014 - 2:33pm



 Sky News spokeswoman, quoted by the Guardian:  "Today whilst presenting from the site of the MH17 air crash Colin Brazier reflected on the human tragedy of the event and showed audiences the content of one of the victims' bags. Colin immediately recognised that this was inappropriate and said so on air. Both Colin and Sky News apologise profusely for any offence caused."

Sky News' Colin Brazier in the Guardian: "I stood above a pile of belongings, pointing to items strewn across the ground. Out of the corner of my eye I spotted a pink drinking flask. It looked familiar. My six-year-old daughter, Kitty, has one just like it.I bent down and, what my Twitter critics cannot hear - because of the sound quality of internet replays of the broadcast - is that I had lost it. It is a cardinal sin of broadcasting, in my book anyway, to start blubbing on-air. I fought for some self-control, not thinking all that clearly as I did so. Too late, I realised that I was crossing a line. I thought aloud: "we shouldn't be doing this … this is a mistake", an instant apology that was only selectively quoted by those determined to see what I did as a powerful example of journalistic vulturism."


Russia Today London correspondent Sara Firth to Press Gazette on why she had quit over coverage of the plane shot down in Ukraine: "When the story broke you get the kick in your stomach when you’re going to get the facts and it’s this huge story. And I walked into the newsroom and they were running an eye-witness account of God-knows who the person was blaming the Ukrainian government, and it is such a volatile situation. I said [in a previous interview], if I was asked to burn the facts and not tell the truth I’d be a goner, and so I’m gone… it’s the level of disrespect for the facts that really bugs me."


Matthew Price ‏@BBCMatthewPrice on Twitter on BBC News shots of relatives of passengers killed in the Ukrainian air disaster: "We left out much from the relatives we could have used, deliberately. We picked our pictures with care. And I hope my words gave context."


Tulisa, quoted by BBC News, on Sun on Sunday's Mazher Mahmood, after the collapse of her trial on drug charges: "Mahmood has now been exposed by my lawyers openly lying to the judge and jury. These lies were told to stop crucial evidence going before the jury."



Peter Jukes on Rebekah Brooks in the New Statesman: "Over the eight months I spent watching Brooks at the Old Bailey it felt as if the whole courtroom had become her friend. She nearly always smiled and said 'hi' to journalists, whether from the Guardian or the Times. I found myself wishing her happy birthday towards the end of the trial."


David Ho, editor for mobile, tablets and emerging technology at the Wall Street Journal, speaking at News:Rewired, as reported by Adam Tinworth on his blog: "Mobile is not the future. Mobile is here. If you're just now welcoming it into your journalism, you're playing catch-up. This is not to depress us, but to convey urgency. You keep hearing 'mobile, social, video', because it's a safe answer. He's a non-safe answer: Newspapers will outlast websites."


Express NUJ chapel: "This chapel does not see why hardworking journalists should subsidise Britain's greediest billionaire. It rejects Richard Desmond's damaging and flawed proposals to cut a third of editorial posts across Express Newspapers. We say these historic titles deserve better than the man who has mismanaged their decline and, time and time again, asked his staff to pay the price with pay freezes and with their jobs."


Andy Cooper ‏@arrazandy on Twitter: "Is it just me who'd like Louis Van Gaal's NEXT job to be editorial director of a regional media company?"

Edward Snowden alan rusbridger @arusbridger on Twitter: "Snowden to journalists: If the government thinks you’re the single point of failure, they’ll kill you.”


Hearst magazines chief executive Duncan Edwards in the Guardian: "We are moving from months to moments in our editorial thinking.”


Jay Rayner ‏@jayrayner1 on Twitter: 'Piss poor journalism from @Bwood_times. Misspells my name;gets book title wrong;says I spoke direct to them. I didn't."


The Grey Cardigan on TheSpinAlley: "His arms are wrapped around his knees and he is rocking back and forth while gently wailing. He is wearing a cardigan and by his side is a half-empty bottle of plastic cider. Every couple of minutes he stops rocking, looks up, and shouts skywards: 'THERE IS NO ‘E’ IN LIGHTNING!' I instantly realise that he is a sub-editor who has spent too long on Twitter over the weekend."