Election coverage: thanks to Brexit, Labour had a media mountain to climb – David Deacon, David Smith and Dominic Wring

24 12 2019

You don’t have to deny the growing political significance of social media to accept that the mainstream media continue to play a vital role in informing and priming public opinion during elections. Moreover, both worlds are deeply connected. Fewer people are buying newspapers but plenty are accessing the same content online. Read the rest of this entry »






Stop press? Last words on the future of newspapers – Richard Sambrook

1 02 2017

newspapersIn a turbulent era of fake news, Donald Trump, and Brexit, the need for accurate reporting and informed comment and analysis is all too clear. And it has traditionally been newspapers that have done the heavy lifting that ensures the public is kept in the picture. But just when we need them the most, the future of newspapers is unclear at best. Read the rest of this entry »





News: The vote for Brexit and the role of the newspapers

24 06 2016

Mail BrexitAfter consistently pro-Brexit press coverage, 51.9% of the voters (37.4% of the electorate) have voted to leave the EU.  The Prime Minister has resigned and the markets are in freefall.  The pro-EU views of the leadership of all the main political parties, finance, industry and the TUC were rejected by the voters. Read the rest of this entry »





Are micropayments a viable way to support the news business? – Jane B Singer

26 02 2016

HeadlinesOnce upon a time, the gap between the relatively low supply of something in high demand – timely and trustworthy information – generated enormous profits for news publishers. But over the past 15 years or so, the digital, social and mobile revolutions have all but obliterated that gap. Read the rest of this entry »





The death of newspapers: have we reached the tipping point? – Brian McNair

22 02 2016

The AustralianIn a 2013 Monthly essay Eric Beecher warned of a looming “civic catastrophe” for Australia if the decline of newspapers continued as it had been in the preceding years. The Australian’s report on a Fairfax plan to dump print and go digital-only, as yet unimplemented but convincingly detailed in the leaked 2013 document prepared by management consultancy firm Bain & Co, suggest that such a move is, if not a certainty, highly probable in the foreseeable future. Read the rest of this entry »