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Volume 25, Number 4, 2014

Contents

Editorial - Newspaper campaigns 3


Not finally... Subjective views on matters journalistic 5
Richard Sambrook, Yas Necati, Tom Leonard, Damien McElroy, David Eliades and Kim Fletcher


Martin Rowson - No laughing matter 19

Paul Francis - National politics, local reporters 27

Emily Bell - We must learn to love tech 34

James Rodgers - Russian news 44

John Illman - The sick deserve better treatment 49

Guy Basnett and Paul McNamara - The DIY of FOI 55

Jackie Harrison and Stefanie Pukalus - Dying journalists, caring readers 63

BOOK REVIEWS
Lindsey Hilsum admires Patrick Cockburn 69
Liz Vercoe learns from Felicity Green 71
Bill Hagerty enjoys Engel’s England 73
Michael Leapman investigates media history 75
Tanya Aldred on sports journalism 77


What the papers said - 18
Ten years ago The way we were 33
Twitterwatch 42
Quotes of the Quarter 62
News Paul Foot Award 80
Cover illustration: Martin Rowson


 

Editorial: Party animals
There’s been much discussion about the coming election being dominated – even decided – by social media. To judge by the first few weeks, the biggest impact will actually be made by our old friends, the anti-social media. If belligerent newspapers can pick so many quarrels by March, how loud will they be by May?

Pushing laughter to its very limits
Martin Rowson
Totalitarianism hates anyone mocking its innate absurdity, so keep the drawings coming, says a satirical cartoonist.

New name, old values
James Rodgers
As Russia finds funds for a global broadcaster, a writer familiar with the communist era says we shall look in vain for objectivity.

Be bold, broadcasters
Richard Sambrook
It has been frequently noted that 2015’s general election will be unlike any other in recent memory. The rise of the smaller parties and the state of the polls seem likely to produce a campaign that may be nasty, possibly brutish but certainly not short.

Save us from our saviours
Tom Leonard
“The Rise and Fall of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge, America’s Worst Gay Power Couple” – touching on the homophobic in its vitriol, it’s not the usual headline you’d expect from The Daily Beast, the liberal-minded news and comment website set up by Tina Brown. But nobody likes being taken for a ride. And nobody’s done that to American journalism in recent times quite like Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes.