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
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
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
Totalitarianism hates anyone mocking its innate absurdity, so keep the drawings coming, says a satirical cartoonist.
New name, old values
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
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
“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.