Monthly Archives: December 2012

FAQ: Social media and journalism: dehumanising?

As part of my semi-regular FAQ series, here are some answers to a series of questions posed by someone as part of their research.

To what extent do you believe social media has removed the barrier between journalists and the public?

Significantly. Journalists are trained to find regular sources of news – that mostly means formal organisations such as government bodies, unions, press officers, and a few community figures such as the local vicar, postmaster etc. Continue reading

The Leveson sting: extra costs even if you win a case?

Leveson report

The thing that struck me most as the media scrambled to report the publication of the Leveson Report was this: no one had really read it.

I mean, of course, really read it. All of it. Some had read one section; others had read another. Some had even read the executive summary.

But none had read – and digested – all of it.

It was impossible to. Even journalists reviewing the final Harry Potter novel had a whole night to stay up reading it.

And that had wizards. Continue reading