Into a Closed World

Dec
17

The top leader in today's Times celebrates the Justice Secretary's decision to open family courts to reporters. This is a crucial reform, long overdue and of significance to all who care about freedom of speech and a journalist's duty to hold power to account. Of course, the main beneficiaries will be families, for whom future risk of serious miscarriages of justice will be diminished by the new transparency. Ah, I'm giddy on the oxygen of truth.

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International intervention

Dec
12

With the UK opposing European intervention in the Congo, amid increasing calls for intervention to depose Mugabe, the question I want to ask is: in what circumstances, if indeed there are any, is international military action against sovereign states justified?

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Print assignment coursework

Dec
11

For those of you who missed today's lecture, the assignment briefing for your next piece of assessed coursework is now on the site. Check the convergent journalism section of module notes. If there's anything you're not sure about, then do ask. The deadline is 12noon on Thursday 18 December.

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Politics holiday reading

Dec
09

Several of you have asked whether there is any recommended reading you can do over the holidays for next term's politics course. 

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Why subs matter

Dec
09

Following this week's exercise in sub-editing, I discovered this clever tribute to the art from the Washington Post. It's by Pulitzer-winning writer Gene Weingarten, and praises the newspaper industry's copy editors (the US term for subs) by demonstrating the sort of nonsense we might have to read if they didn't exist. See how many of the 57 errors you can pick up.

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Volksjournalismus

Dec
08

No, the headline is not simply to make Laura feel more at home. This is the German term for citizen journalism, which is being pushed by the country's biggest-selling newspaper in an intriguing way.

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Matt's got rhythym

Dec
04

This is Matt Frei's prose poem on the financial cataclysm. I think this is wonderful writing to pictures, and both words and pictures have great rhythym: "the SUV, the large TV". Also, Frei is good with pauses: he lets the pictures breathe. Wonderful.
Scroll down on this page to "Rotten Roots of the Crunch" to locate this clip

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Ian Reeves regrets...

Dec
04

... that I can't be with you in person this morning as I'm at a
conference. Instead, here's a dodgy webcam video explaining what you
need to do. Maybe someone could spark up the old projector and play it out from the teaching computer.

video: 
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BBC World Service Impartiality

Dec
04

Journalists who work abroad for the BBC become accustomed to fielding accusations of bias. They are particularly common in areas of former British Imperial power, and they are often reinforced by the accusation that BBC World Service is directly funded by the government. The problem is that some of it is. 

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The power of Photoshop

Dec
02

For those of you still not convinced by the wonders of Photoshop - check this out. 

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