The latest on the media landscape from Roy Greenslade, Professor of Journalism at City University, former Daily Mirror editor and long-time Guardian columnist.
Roy Greenslade on why we need more analysis of the internal dynamics of newsrooms.
Jon Snow, the Channel 4 News presenter, spoke of one of this era’s most fascinating divisions in his keynote speech at the Edinburgh International Television Festival last week. After reporting on the Grenfell Tower tragedy, he said it made him feel “on the wrong side” of Britain’s social divide. It convinced him that he, and the current cohort of mainstream media journalists, had become too far removed from ordinary people’s lives.
The 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales has been marked by several TV documentaries and a plethora of newspaper tributes.
Greenslade on conflicts between football clubs and media outlets.
Roy Greenslade on why Facebook and Google, having recognised the value of journalism, need to do a great deal more to help fund local news - before they strangle it.
Week by week, journalists attempting to do nothing more than their job – to inform their readers, viewers and listeners what is happening in their own countries – face loss of life and liberty. In their countries, freedom of expression is a dream. In pursuing it, many of them are condemned to a living nightmare. We should salute them all, the fighters on press freedom’s front line.
In 1950, Heinz ran an advert that contained this astonishing sentence: “Most men, nowadays, have stopped beating their wives”. It then urged women to buy its soups in order to avoid their husbands getting bored at mealtimes (and therefore, presumably, to prevent them from reverting to wife-beating).Gender stereotyping was born in those early days of mass advertising, an era so glamorously and devastatingly depicted in the TV series “Mad Men”.
A couple of regional newspaper journalists have called for children to be taught about contempt of court. They are concerned that young social media users are unaware of the legal restrictions about what can, and cannot, be written once proceedings become “active”.
One of the persistent myths about journalists is that they are all hard-bitten cynics. Representations of editors and reporters in TV dramas, in movies and on stage portray them as lacking any semblance of humanity.