Journalism

Ten days before my wed­ding, Thomas Hamilton walked into a primary school and killed sev­en­teen people, six­teen of them very young chil­dren. The media des­cen­ded. I des­cen­ded. I was film­ing an hour or so away and arrived on the scene as shattered par­ents waited for news, and local TV news crews slung their cam­eras, unsure as to whether […]

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If you were drown­ing, you might not cel­eb­rate the lack of appet­ite amongst the sharks in the ocean in which were sub­merged. But the Leveson report is out and to read what is left of Britain’s national news­pa­per industry put forth, between the gulps of sea water, there were hearty cheers. Or per­haps they were just […]

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Switch on to reg­u­la­tion This art­icle first appeared in the Press Gaz­ette on 22 July 2004. Politi­cians fre­quently bemoan the pois­on­ous rela­tion­ship between them­selves and mem­bers of the press. Peter Hain asked at a meet­ing earlier this year what could be done to rebuild rela­tion­ships between journ­al­ists and the gov­ern­ment. There is an answer, and it’s one that will stick […]

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The New Yorker has an inter­est­ing piece about the inven­tion of polit­ical con­sultancy. It sprang imme­di­ately to mind when I read this quote from Mitt Rom­ney, in a tran­script of a secretly recor­ded video at a fund-raiser: I have a very good team of extraordin­ar­ily exper­i­enced, highly suc­cess­ful con­sult­ants, a couple of people in par­tic­u­lar who have done races around the […]

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