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Volume 25, Number 3, 2014


Editorial - Never forget 3

Not finally... Subjective views on matters journalistic 5
Bill Hagerty, Mike Dodd,
Duncan Campbell, Peter Oborne,
Ivor Gaber and others

Eleanor Mills - Give women more jobs 17

Peter Jukes - Twitter on trial 25

Jemima Kiss - The business of Buzzfeed 33

John Hodgman - It was fun while it lasted 39

Tom Leonard - Black day for the Grey Lady 45

Lada Trifonova Price - Can the EU protect journalism? 50

James Rodgers - Second thoughts on first drafts 56

Suzanne Franks - Famines are not a simple story 61

Mark Bryant - The art of warfare 67

Phillip Knightley analyses Edward Snowden 75
Michael Leapman admires Lynn Barber 77
Jemima Kiss says it isn’t The End of Journalism 79
Trevor Grove praises Mary Kenny 81
Tanya Aldred misses Frank Keating 84
Bill Hagerty rereads Nick Garland 86

Twitterwatch - 24
Quotes of the Quarter - 32
News - The BJR digital journalism winner 55
The way we were - 74
News - Charles Wheeler Award 88


Editorial: Never forget
The European Court of Justice’s “right to be forgotten” judgment, ordering Google to remove stories from its search archives if people complain, has created a mess. But there are counter measures that can be adopted to alleviate the problems caused by the ruling.

Why do the best jobs go to men?
Eleanor Mills
It’s tough for women on newspapers, but the industry needs us more than ever, says a campaigner promoting greater opportunities.

If you tweet it they will come
Peter Jukes
The man who changed the face of court reporting during the journalism trial of the century explains how he did it.

A new medium seeks old skills
Jemima Kiss
Seven things you need to know about Buzzfeed and the latest viral media including listicles, sharing and taking on TV.

The Grey Lady blushes scarlet
Tom Leonard
America’s greatest paper faces problems that the sacking of an editor won’t solve, says an Englishman in New York.

Documentary drama
Richard Bean’s play Great Britain is a lacerating satire about tabloid newspapers. But how does it stack up against other plays about popular journalism? Bill Hagerty explores the inky terrain of newspaper dramas.

Secret trials
If we allow trials to be conducted in secret a fundamental right to open justice will be lost, argues Mike Dodd, the co-author of the latest edition of the newspaper reporters’ legal “bible", McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists.

Truth or dare
Duncan Campbell, the veteran crime correspondent, looks back to the occasion in 1963 when two reporters went to jail after refusing to divulge their sources. In asking questions about the case, he wonders, as many have done ever since, whether they had any sources to defend.

Ungentlemanly conduct
Arrogance and condescension have besmirched newspaper writing about Pakistan’s cricket team ever since 1955, writes Peter Oborne. Although there was a turn for the better in the 1980s, he believes an underlying hostility continues to this day.

Ipso: another view
Eight members of the BJR’s board argue that the new regulator, the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso), is still controlled by newspaper publishers. It therefore fails to abide by the Leveson Report’s recommendations.

Workers’ devastated dream
John Hodgman recalls the dramas surrounding the short-lived experiment of the workers’ newspaper, the Scottish Daily News, which was set up in Glasgow in the wake of Express Newspapers’ retreat from the city.

A free press
It has been argued that Bulgaria’s media played a key role in bringing about democratic changes in the 1980s. Now, however, Lada Trifonova Price, contends that journalism is in peril. Press freedom has been compromised by the power of the oligarchy that wields power in the country.

Passing the test of time
One of the great privileges of a journalist is to witness world-changing events, writes James Rodgers, but one of the great challenges “is that you may get them wrong.” All the same, that imperfect first draft of history provided by reporters is invaluable.

Reporting famine
The media coverage of famine in Africa has been inextricably intertwined with politics and the use of aid, writes Suzanne Franks. In the 30 years since the BBC famously reported famine in Ethiopia little, if anything, has changed about the media’s over-simplification of the subject.

Mr Punch goes to war
In the second of his articles on the cartoons published by newspapers during the First World War, Mark Bryant shows how the artists used humour to boost morale and to demonise the enemy.