Editorial - A legacy to build on 3
Not finally... Subjective views on matters journalistic 5
Brian Winston, Romana Canneti, Paul Donovan, Duncan Campbell, James Pembroke, Syed Irfan Ashraf
Patrick Cockburn - What war reporters tell us 18
Kim Fletcher - A primer on regulation 28
Phillip Knightley - The truth about spies 34
Chris Moss - Who said print was dead? 39
Michael White - When politics was different 48
Geoffrey Goodman remembered 54
Michael Leapman on newspaper language 67
Tim Marshall on journalists who cross the line 69
Julia Langdon on women and journalism 71
Jemima Kiss on the digital age 73
Brian Cathcart on super injunctions 75
Bill Hagerty revisits Keith Waterhouse 77
Quotes of the Quarter – the BBC 17
Quotes of the Quarter – Edward Snowden 47
Ten years ago - The way we were - 33
Twitter Watch - 27
Twitter Watch - 27
News - Digital award 80
Cover illustration: Martin Rowson
Reproduced with the kind permission of the Goodman family
Blog: A legacy to build on
As the hacking trial continues at the Old Bailey, we recall the words of the BJR's founding editor, Geoffrey Goodman, 24 years ago, during "a contagious outbreak of squalid, banal, lazy and cowardly journalism." He sought to raise the level of the dialogue within journalism and the magazine continues that work.
Working for us or themselves?
Phillip Knightley, a leading investigative reporter, explains how the world’s security services achieved so much power.
Plenty of mischief, less of the malice
Stimulated by Damian McBride’s book, Power Trip, the former political editor of The Guardian, Michael White, looks back at the relationships between prime ministers and journalists. His conclusion? Mischief is fine. But let’s cut out the malice.
Geoffrey Goodman remembered
We mark the passing of the BJR’s founding editor, Geoffrey Goodman, by republishing three of his most powerful polemics. And one of the magazine’s original members, Ivor Gaber, explains how a man with a tabloid background was chosen to edit the magazine.
In defence of Paul Dacre
Brian Winston argues that despite the many misdeeds of the Daily Mail’s editor we should be pleased that he has led the fight against “the absolutist fiat of royal prerogative” (the imposition of a royal charter to oversee press regulation).
A two-edged sword
One of The Independent’s legal team, Romana Canneti, celebrates the media’s victory in winning the right of access to Court of Protection hearings. It bolsters “the vital role of the Fourth Estate”, she writes, “and the reliance we place on journalists to carry on digging and keeping us informed.”
Reporting on suicides
There are few more difficult subjects to cover than suicide. But there is such mistrust of the media, writes Paul Donovan, that even when trying to report as supportively and sensitively as possible, there is still hostility towards a responsible journalist.
LBC is 40 years old
Duncan Campbell recalls the foundation of the London Broadcasting Company (LBC) and his first adventures, and misadventures, as one of its original radio reporters. So why, he wonders, wasn’t he invited to the 40th anniversary celebrations?
Old dogs, new tricks
The Oldie celebrated is 21st birthday this year, having prospered despite the early scepticism of various commentators. James Pembroke, its publisher, explains why the magazine that was founded by Richard Ingrams, who still edits it, is now attracting more than 45,000 buyers an issue.
Questions about Malala
Syed Irfan Ashraf questions whether the media (including himself) treated Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl seriously wounded by the Taliban, with sufficient care. Her security was not an issue as long as she served editorial interests, he concludes. Journalists need to understand that western media coverage can be exploitative.
Lost in the fog of war
Lessons in war reporting from Patrick Cockburn, the Middle East correspondent of The Independent. He explains the impossibility of any reporter telling the whole story but, despite that, argues that there is no alternative to first-hand reporting.
Press regulation: a primer
How can we explain the post-Leveson muddle? Kim Fletcher makes a fist of it by offering a factual account of the stand-off between supporters of the royal charter (Hacked Off and the government) and the newspaper publishers who have created their own regulator, the Independent Press Standards Organisation.
Reading for pleasure
Chris Moss celebrates a wave of magazines – such as Delayed Gratification and Boat and Port &emdash; that offer varying forms of ‘laid-back journalism’ for readers who continue to revel in the beauty in the printed word.