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Volume 26, Number 2, 2015


Editorial - Spoilt papers 3

Not finally... 5
Trevor Kavanagh, John Mair, 5 Steven Barnett, Roy Greenslade, John Hodgman and Kim Fletcher

Peter Cole - A changing of The Guardian 19

Julia Langdon - Scared to vote the right way? 30

Martin Moore and Gordon Ramsay - The election spin, unspun 35

Magnus Linklater - Scottish revolution 41

Tim Luckhurst and Rob Bailey - Thoughtful young journalists 48

What the papers said - Before the election 29
Twitter Watch 46
What the papers said - After the election 54

Caroline Kean - A new way to gag the press 55

Elizabeth Grice - The beauty of Linotype 61

Alexander MacLeod reads up on the BBC 67
Stephen Fay admires a financial writer 69
Geoff Meade looks at Europe 71
Maggie Brown tunes in to local radio 73
Bill Hagerty revisits John Junor 76

Quotes of the Quarter 60
The way we were 79
News - The Cudlipp Award 80

Cover illustration: David Levene/The Guardian


Editorial: Spoilt papers
When so many other election forecasts proved misguided, who can begrudge us for looking back to our leader page of three months ago, when we prophesied that the right-wing press would turn on the Labour leader Ed Miliband with a ferocity not seen since Neil Kinnock’s campaign in 1992? We were wrong – just as John Curtice was wrong in his momentous 10pm exit poll result on May 7 – only in underestimating the scale of the assault on Labour.

A changing of The Guardian
Peter Cole
Few journalists manage fundamentally to alter the trade in which they work. One who has, explains how he did it

Scared to vote the right way?
Julia Langdon
Newspapers have always tried to affect the outcome of elections – and this time they went into overdrive, reports an experienced political observer.

The election spin, unspun
Martin Moore and Gordon Ramsay
The statistical analysis of political coverage used to take weeks: new software has changed all that.

A new way to gag the press
Caroline Kean
Journalists who believed they were exempt from law on data protection are having to think again.

Save us from our saviours
Roy Greenslade
In late January this year, the then chief political commentator of The Daily Telegraph, Peter Oborne, wrote: “One of the most telling manifestations of the pathetic self-indulgence of modern journalism is the phenomenon of the ‘media commentator’. This is a lofty figure who does not write about events in the real world, but prefers to comment on the journalists who do.”