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Media coverage of Michael Brown shooting exposes underlying prejudice

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

In the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson last month there has been some soul-searching among American journalists about media coverage. Was it racist? Was it fair? Did the police get a better press than the protestors?The New York Times's public editor, Margaret Sullivan, admonished...

Posted on 1 September 2014 | 10:09 am

Daily Telegraph theatre critic famed for Nicole Kidman review retires

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Charles Spencer, the Daily Telegraph's theatre critic for the last 25 years, is to retire. "I have loved my job," he is quoted as saying in a press release announcement, "but critics shouldn't go on too long."I feel I've had my say and it's time to stop and put my feet up."...

Posted on 1 September 2014 | 8:21 am

Ipso - the new appeal court for unhappy complainants about newspapers

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

In a week's time the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) will replace the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) as the new regulator created by newspaper and magazine publishers.Its arrival, as I remarked a week ago, has been underwhelming. But I imagine there will be a measure of publicity...

Posted on 1 September 2014 | 8:00 am

Press freedom groups urge Bahrain king to release photojournalist

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Press freedom and human rights organisations have signed a letter addressed to the king of Bahrain calling for the release of Bahraini photojournalist Ahmed Humeidan (aka Humaidan).He has been in prison for 19 months since his arrest on 29 December 2012 for allegedly participating in an attack on a...

Posted on 1 September 2014 | 7:45 am

Ivor Gaber becomes Sussex university's first professor of journalism

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Congratulations to my friend, and Brighton neighbour, Ivor Gaber on becoming Sussex university's first professor of journalism. Continue reading...

Posted on 31 August 2014 | 12:42 pm

Pakistani journalists shot dead in attack on news agency office

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Three staff working in a Pakistani news agency were shot dead when two gunmen burst into their office in Quetta, south-west Pakistan.One of the murdered trio was Irshad Mastoi (aka Arshad Mustoi), 34, secretary general of Balochistan Union of Journalists (BUJ). The others were trainee reporter Abdul...

Posted on 30 August 2014 | 2:00 pm

The Sun reunion quintet recall an era of MacKenzie, madness and Margaret

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Roy Greenslade on his ambivalence while attending the Radio 4 get-together of colleagues from the 1980sMemories of my third, and longest, stint on the Sun from 1981 to 1986 are a strange mixture of madness and sadness. Madness because, amid the daily pressure and perhaps because of it there was lo...

Posted on 29 August 2014 | 1:45 pm

Bulgarian journalist wins battle to overturn criminal libel conviction

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

A Bulgarian journalist who was convicted of criminal libel and ordered to pay fines and damages has won a two-year battle to overturn the court's decision.In June 2011, Asya Pencheva revealed in her newspaper, Utro, that children in a state orphanage were being bullied and beaten by the institution'...

Posted on 29 August 2014 | 10:18 am

Ipso to launch on 8 September - but please don't tell anyone...

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

New press regulator backs into the limelightThe Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) is to replace the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) on 8 September. Its chairman, Sir Alan Moses, has evidently written to publishers to confirm the date of launch.This news emerged because of an item on...

Posted on 29 August 2014 | 12:08 am

NUJ praises departing Irish Independent editor's 'integrity and ability'

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Members of the National Union of Journalists at the Irish Independent have shown their support for their departing editor, Claire Grady, by describing her as "a journalist of integrity, ability and commitment."Although the motion passed by the Independent Newspapers' NUJ chapel does not fo...

Posted on 28 August 2014 | 6:44 pm

Impress takes another step forward by selecting an appointments panel

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

The independent newspaper regulator, Impress, has announced the members of an appointment panel which is tasked with selecting members of the body's board. The panel, all acting on a voluntary basis, are headed by Aidan White. His deputy chair is Caroline Instance, a former pensions regulator. There...

Posted on 28 August 2014 | 5:38 pm

Indian journalists protest at publisher's social media demands

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Give us your Facebook and Twitter passwords, says Times of India companyThe publisher of the Times of India wants its journalists to convert their personal social media accounts into company ones and, in order to do so, has asked them to reveal their Facebook and Twitter passwords.Bennett Coleman &a...

Posted on 28 August 2014 | 3:30 pm

New business role for former Independent editor Chris Blackhurst

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Two senior journalists on the Independent and London Evening Standard have been allocated new roles."On i, Andy Webster is appointed deputy editor. Fran Yeoman is appointed assistant editor (news).On the Independent titles, Neil Robinson is appointed night editor. Martyn Kent is made assistant...

Posted on 28 August 2014 | 2:13 pm

Ireland's national newspaper sales continue their downward path

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

In my posting yesterday about the shock departure of the Irish Independent editor Claire Grady I mentioned the paper's lack-lustre circulation performance.But I need to put that in context, so - in a further interruption to my holiday - here are the latest ABC-audited Irish newsprint newspaper sales...

Posted on 28 August 2014 | 11:55 am

Irish Independent editor Claire Grady to depart after one year in the chair

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Claire Grady, editor of the Irish Independent, has stepped down after only a year in the post, reports the Irish Times. The paper's first female editor is to be replaced on an interim basis by Ian Mallon, head of news at the paper's publisher, Independent News & Media (INM). Continue reading...

Posted on 27 August 2014 | 5:35 pm

Can the UK’s broadcast news providers keep doing more for less?

Posted by ProfPurvis

If there was an annual award for 'The most (apparently) honest statement by a broadcast news executive ' then Jeff Zucker,President of CNN would have to be a front runner this year.Last week he warned his staff around the world,who are expecting job cuts,’We are going to do less and have to...

Posted on 27 August 2014 | 1:55 pm

Bernard Vickers, the editor who guided the Daily Record to its sales peak

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Bernard Vickers, editor of the Glasgow-based Daily Record at its circulation peak in the 1980s, has died aged 82.During his time at the paper, when sales were regularly averaging 750,000 copies a day, it was regarded as the daily bible for the Scottish working class. Continue reading...

Posted on 27 August 2014 | 1:12 pm

A break to recharge the blogging batteries...

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

This blog is on its summer vacation and will return to duty, hopefully refreshed, on 1 September. Continue reading...

Posted on 18 August 2014 | 10:04 am

100,000 sign up to support New York Times reporter facing jail

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Press freedom organisations have submitted a petition with more than 100,000 signatures to the US justice department supporting the right of New York Times reporter James Risen not to identify an anonymous source.Risen has defied demands from prosecutors for six years to testify in the case of Jeffr...

Posted on 15 August 2014 | 3:54 pm

Jewish Chronicle editor apologises for running Gaza appeal advert

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

It is impossible for editors to be seen as impartial when it comes to the conflict between Israelis and the Palestinians.In the past week it has also proved impossible for advertising directors to call it right. The Times was criticised for failing to carry an advert that accused Hamas of child sacr...

Posted on 15 August 2014 | 2:24 pm