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Volume 25, Number 1, 2014


Editorial - Constant revolution 3

Not finally... Subjective views on matters journalistic 5
Peter Jukes, Peter Oborne, Ivor Gaber, Alison Bethel McKenzie, Paul Donovan, Duncan Campbell

Nicholas Jones - Where BBC bosses went wrong 21

Don Berry - A model for good court reporting 29

Bénédicte Paviot and Andrew Gimson - No sex, please. We’re French 37

Kim Fletcher - Editors face their final edition 43

Jeremy Dear - A country where the truth kills 50

Tim Luckhurst and Lesley Phippen - Let’s teach journalists to be good 56

Roy Greenslade and Steven Barnett - How to fund local news 62

Alan Rusbridger on press freedom 69
Bill Hagerty reads red top memoirs 71
Jonathan Fenby examines serious news 73
Ivor Gaber explores data journalism 76
Michael Leapman revisits Jon Swain 78
Twitter Watch - 20
Quotes of the Quarter - 49
Ten years ago - The way we were - 68
News - The Paul Foot Award 80


Blog: Constant revolution
National newspaper publishers are pursuing different strategies during the transition from print to digital. But which is taking the best path to a (hopefully) profitable future? All eyes now on Telegraph Media Group’s alternative route.

How BBC bosses lost the plot
Nicholas Jones laments the legion of former BBC bosses and executives who failed to sing the praises of the licence fee and, in so doing, helped to undermine public faith in the Corporation. In an impassioned polemic, he extols the virtues of the "universal charge on every household with a TV."

Endangered species
As one editor is ousted in favour of a chief content officer, Kim Fletcher forecasts that the next big victim of the digital revolution will be the role of editor. Even the high-profile, successful editors in charge at present will, he predicts, be the last of their breed. But he asks pertinent questions while explaining the reasons for their demise.

Good behaviour can be taught
Tim Luckhurst and Lesley Phippen believe that values, rather than rules, should govern journalistic practice. They argue that ethics, when judiciously applied, turn principles into practice, and also offer a realistic pathway to standards that regulation of the type proposed by Lord Justice Leveson can never guarantee.

Hackgate in 140 characters
Peter Jukes, author, screenwriter and playwright, took up blogging and then turned his hand to tweeting from the Old Bailey hacking trial. He explains the difficulties of composing 140-character reports.

Vote for journalists
Westminster has been captured by the media class, writes Peter Oborne. Among the two most brilliant ex-hacks are Michael Gove and Boris Johnson, who have used charm, flair and intellectual distinction to trounce their old media chums.

‘Red Ed’ doesn’t cut it
Ed Miliband’s media moniker has failed to make a mark, writes Ivor Gaber. He explains why “Red Ed”, despite its widespread use by certain newspapers, has failed to catch the public imagination like the Iron Lady and the Welsh windbag.

Where words count
Alison Bethel McKenzie, executive director of the International Press Institute, explains the reasons behind her organisation’s production of a glossary of terms to help journalists covering the Middle East conflict. It is called Use With Care.

The Vatican's media star
Francis I has proved to be a papal superstar. But are newspapers that portray him as a light-hearted liberal hero reading him correctly? Paul Donovan questions the media's view of a pope who surely cannot hope to please all of the people all of the time.

When crime paid
Duncan Campbell recounts the financial dealings between the Great Train robber Ronnie Biggs and the Daily Express and The Sun. The newspapers got their stories, but he came out as a loser.

Judges as journalists
Reporters covering court cases would do well to learn from judges, argues Don Berry. To prove his point, he reproduces the full court martial judgment in the case of a royal marine convicted of murder.

Privacy oui or non?
What should be private and what shouldn’t? Benedicte Paviot views the problem from France while Andrew Gimson sees it from a British perspective. The result? A surprising measure of agreement.

Where truth can kill
Violence against journalists working in Colombia is inhibiting press freedom. Terrified reporters, editors and broadcasters are practising self-censorship rather than reveal the truth about political corruption engendered by drug gangs and guerrilla groups. Jeremy Dear reports on the increasing intimidation, of the country’s media.

A charitable press?
Is it possible for ailing newspapers to find salvation by attaining charitable status? Roy Greenslade and Steven Barnett consider the case of the trust-owned Baylis Media and explore whether it could be a replacement business model for papers withering away under corporate ownership.