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November 10, 2014

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» Bread and circuses and #sandwichgate

As the country is allegedly gripped by #sandwichgate which, if you missed it, relates to this Daily Mail front page, it’s worth a dip back into the history of the Mail’s enthusiasm for bread-based stories. In 1911 the paper began … Continue reading

November 3, 2014

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» Working for a beacon in real local journalism

What a delight to welcome back BA Journalism graduate Vicky Hallifax as one of our recent Atrium journalism/media guest speakers here at USW’s central Cardiff campus. And even more delightful to welcome her as editor, following her recent promotion. Vicky … Continue reading

September 29, 2014

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» Thanks to our guest speakers

You always know that students enjoy a good guest speaker; it’s clearly great for them to hear from someone who spends all day every day out there in industry. But the deeper benefits of a good speaker programme, like our … Continue reading

October 11, 2013

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» Graduate challenges

Over the summer I was busy collecting stories from graduates about the challenges they faced in the early weeks and months after leaving university.  Unsurprisingly, one of the biggest challenges in the current economic climate is getting a graduate job. So … Continue reading

May 24, 2013

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» Journalism in the common good

The legendary reporter Carl Bernstein stepped out of the film that made him famous to give journalism students in Cardiff an inspiring but simple message – good reporting is ‘the best obtainable version of the truth’. Bernstein described this as … Continue reading

May 23, 2013

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» ‘Politics has to be about people’ – tackling the democratic deficit in Wales

Welsh politicians worried by the low level of public interest in their work have been told they need to make politics more interesting and relevant to people. Representatives of the media told a conference in Cardiff Bay that there was … Continue reading

September 12, 2012

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» The Sun – they buy it but don’t trust it

Two reports in today’s Press Gazette throw fascinating light on the position of The Sun in British journalism.  The National Readership Survey suggests that more than 13 million adults read the paper in print and online every week.  But a separate study found … Continue reading

May 21, 2012

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» Braving an online backlash

The feature about breastfeeding older children appeared in The Times on Saturday (see previous blog), life goes on, all seems well. My friend who was interviewed and photographed for the piece has thanked me for advising her to accept the invitation to … Continue reading

January 5, 2012

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» A century of tabloid Brits in New York

Another Brit (Colin Myler, ex News of the World) is on his way to New York to edit one of the city’s tabloids. Nothing new there. British (and Australian) subs and editors have long been recruited as shock troops in … Continue reading

January 4, 2012

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» Press standards – what’s new?

As the Leveson inquiry into press standards resumes (on 9 Jan) it might be interesting to put the current debate about the behaviour of the media into a historical perspective. Here’s a list of concerns about newspapers and journalists: ‘Complaints … Continue reading