Journalism History Thursday 2nd February 2023

Review of UK and world papers, celebration of the history of photojournalism, media law and style-guide tips and global journalism stories for Thursday 2nd February 2023

Journalism is the first draft of history and these daily reports seek to provide an online briefing of the history of journalism for each day featured.

Review of UK papers. Thurs 2nd Feb 23. Broadsheets. Guardian: ‘Funeral of Tyre Nichols’, FT: ‘Walkout. Trains and schools shut down’, Times: ‘British Gas breaking into homes of the vulnerable’, & Telegraph: ‘RAF faces crisis over drive for diversity.’

Review of UK papers. Thurs 2nd Feb 23. Middle Markets. Mail: ‘New Law to stop school strike mayhem’, i: ‘Liz Truss comeback ignites fears of new Tory civil war’, Express: ‘Has someone got our Nicola?’ & Evening Standard: ‘£32bn Shell profits fuel new tax storm.’

Review of UK papers. Thurs 2nd Feb 23. Tabloids. Star: ‘The Devil’s moved to Suffolk’, Sun: ‘Footie charter leaked’, Mirror: ‘New dog attack horror. When will someone care?’ & Metro: ‘Now it really hurts.’

Review of world papers. Thurs 2nd Feb 23. Gulf News: ‘Fed slows rate hikes, signals more increases’, New York Times: ‘Neighbours help Russia sidestep sanctions’, Japan Times: ‘NATO- China learning from Ukraine war’, & Business Day SA: ‘New bid to sink deal for powerships.’

Celebration of photojournalism history: ‘Photograph 1918-19 shows American photographer Helen Johns Kirtland listening through tubes as two soldiers stand by smoking.’ Goes to show photographers use their ears as well as their eyes.

Title: [Helen Johns Kirtland listening for aircraft using acoustic radar] Date Created/Published: [between 1918 and 1919] Medium: 1 photograph : gelatin silver print ; sheet 13 x 17 cm. Summary: Photograph shows American photographer Helen Johns Kirtland listening through tubes as two soldiers stand by smoking. Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ppmsca-50595 (digital file from original) Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication.

Style Tips. AP 2018 advised: ‘When performing data anayslis and conveying conclusions, strive for accuracy and simplicity. Do not obfuscate with technical or overstate conclusions. A number alone does not signify much. It must be compared against something.’

Media Law Tips. IPSO backs coverage of a court case and taking photograph of the defendant. See:…/ruling/… Defendant complained under Discrimination, Harassment & Privacy clauses. No breaches. Not upheld.

North American Newspapers for Thursday 2nd February 2023

Guardian reports: ‘Jane Hill and Ben Brown among anchors axed as BBC merges news channels. Insiders say departure of popular BBC News presenters – with Martine Croxall also going – could prompt ageism row.’ See:

Guardian reports: ‘ChatGPT reaches 100 million users two months after launch. Unprecedented take-up may make AI chatbot the fastest-growing consumer internet app ever, analysts say.’ See:

Guardian reports: ‘Netflix accidentally posts guidelines for cracking down on password sharing.’ See:

Guardian reports: ‘Indian journalist freed on bail after being jailed for two years without trial. Muslim reporter Siddique Kappan had been charged under draconian anti-terrorism laws.’ See:

Guardian reports: “‘It’s heartbreaking’: mother of Archie Battersbee says he was bullied online. Hollie Dance, who fought legal battle to stop her son’s life support being switched off, says he received threatening messages.” See:

Guardian reports: “Beano accused of promoting junk food to children. Quizzes on comic’s website give ‘free advertising’ to well-known high fat, salt and sugar brands, say researchers.” See:

Janet Walker writes Guardian Obituary on ‘Kate Wilson, who has died aged 73, was one of Channel 4’s first business affairs executives. She spent 40 years in the industry, eventually setting up her own successful consultancy.’ See:

Guardian reports: ‘Why rumours of BBC Radio 2’s demise might be overstated. Could losing half a million listeners to rivals, plus Vanessa Feltz and Ken Bruce leaving, signal trouble – or that the station is doing something right?.’ See:

‘A former Canadian journalist has died after a random attack in Toronto a week ago.’ See: &

‘Bulgarian investigative journalist and director of the Bellingcat investigative reporting group, Christo Grozev, is being forced to relocate from Austria after threats.’ See: &

‘Few will know that the new Editor in chief of The Wall Street Journal left Lewes in East Sussex to start her worldwide adventure.’ See: &

An undercover investigation by The Times has shown that British gas debt collectors are forcing entry to fit in prepayment meters to some of the most vulnerable householders.’ See: &

‘A former Bloomberg reporter, Mathew Carr was fired because of his poor performance rather than because he was a whistleblower on the agency’s views on climate change.’ See: &

‘US News anchor Yasmin Vossoughian was told her chest pains were due to acid reflux only to be rushed to hospital and diagnosed with pericarditis.’ See: &

The 3rd Baron Hemingford, who died in January was better known as the journalist Nicholas Herbert.’ See: &

‘After 28 months in prison Kerela journalist Saddique Kappan has walked out after getting bail.’ See: &

French Newspapers for Thursday 2nd February 2023

Hold The Front Page reports: ‘Regional press editors have been urged to give their reporters the freedom to make use of new relaxed restrictions around covering family courts.’ See:

Hold The Front Page reports: ‘Journalists working for a regional publisher are set to begin secondments in the USA as part of the group’s transatlantic expansion.’ See:

Hold The Front Page reports: ‘A news industry chief has dismissed claims that some parts of the country have become “news deserts” as a “myth” following the release of new research on local news readership.’ See:

Hold The Front Page reports: ‘An editor who ran a weekly newspaper for almost a quarter of a century has died aged 89. Tributes have been paid to Alan Bensted.’ See:

Hold The Front Page reports: ‘Regional news title has vowed its reporters will visit 365 different neighbourhoods across the city it serves in 2023. MyLondon has made the pledge in a bid to ensure that “every corner of the city is well-represented.”’ See:

Hold The Front Page reports: ‘A reader has been spared jail over a bomb threat that caused an editor to fear answering his phone.’ See:

Press Gazette reports: ‘News avoidance? We’re not seeing it, say Sky News bosses after bumper 2022 .’ See:

Press Gazette reports: ‘BBC names five chief presenters for combined TV news channel but big names lose out.’ See:

Press Gazette interview feature: “‘I love Britain’: New York Times’ outgoing Europe editor on anti-UK bias claims, Ukraine and London newsroom growth.” See:

Press Gazette reports: ‘How Google has downgraded importance of news websites in search results.’ See:

Press Gazette reports: ‘RAJARs: Talkradio and Times Radio end 2022 with double-digit listener growth.’ See:

New York Times reports (behind paywall) : ‘Alphabet’s Profit Falls 34% Amid Ads Slowdown. Google’s parent company reported its fourth consecutive drop in quarterly profit, weeks after culling 6 percent of its work force to cut costs.’ See:

FT reports (behind paywall) ‘Reality check for Spotify and the podcast boom. Big investments in the audio format turn into a drag on the company’s returns.’ See:

FT reports (behind paywall): ‘Instagram founders launch Artifact to rival Twitter and tackle misinformation. Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger are self-funding the AI-driven news app that can promote content to challenge user views.’ See:

FT Editorial 29th January 2023 (behind paywall): ‘Another threat to UK media freedom. A loosely worded bill conflates journalists and whistleblowers with spies.’ See:

Arab News reports: ‘Meta accused of playing double game on data scraping.’ See:

Arab News reports: ‘The Kingdom vs Captagon: Arab News investigates war on drug in latest Deep Dive.’ See:

Mark Lavie writes for Jerusalem Post: ‘The end of Israeli journalism… or not – opinion. This isn’t over. Both sides have plenty of ammunition left. For those watching from outside, this is the time to take a step back.’ See:

Jerusalem Post Editorial 24/1/23 ‘Will Likud restrict freedom of the press in Israel?- Journalists cannot do their jobs properly without recording interviews, particularly of people they suspect of wrongdoing. Boaz Bismuth should know better.’ See:

Jerusalem Post reports: ‘Ian Black, respected Jewish journalist and Middle East expert, dies at 69 British Jewish journalist Ian Black, who spent most of his career at The Guardian which he joined in 1980, also did a stint at The Jerusalem Post.’ See:

Montage of world newspapers for Thursday 2nd of February 2023

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