Down With This Sort Of Thing…

IPSO_logo_newSome really interesting and insightful discussions going on today so thanks for that. The whole question of Press Regulation in the UK is filled with unanswered questions, and when we talk about news about a ‘celebrity case’ such as we did today, it is sometimes easier to find arguments. However, when it is a ‘local’ story, it is not as clear cut… or perhaps it is easier?

If we don’t know the people involved, one could argue that there is less temptation for a salacious interest in the story. With that in mind, we will be looking at a couple of more down-to-earth or even mundane news stories that IPSO or Ofcom ruled on.

Finally: make life easier for yourself and read the guidelines in advance! 🙂

Monday Monday…

Your preparation for Monday’s return to (semi-)normality is to read two documents. 🙂 They are:

Screen Shot 2015-03-21 at 11.20.161) The IPSO Editor’s Code of Practice (Click the icon to download it),



2) The Sky News Editorial Guidelines 2014/2015

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It is important that you read through both and consider how they may (or may not) keep newspapers or news channels on the right side of the law.

In particular, I’d like you to consider how legally binding you think these documents are. Would they still allow a journalist to break the law in an attempt to get a story?

I’ll be checking comments and email between 7pm and 10pm tomorrow (Sunday) if you want to run any ideas by me, or if you are struggling with your Report.


What’s On The Telly?

Given we are identifying three specific perspectives on the role of the media, I’ve been giving a little thought as to how you can check you understand the concept. Perhaps the easiest way to do so is to consider which TV shows would appeal to those who hold each of the perspectives. Remember, the perspectives are traditionalistcapitalist, and public service, so, for example, which of these three would like the following shows?

You need to be able to give reasons to support your choices based on the Three Perspectives page in the handout you were given on Friday… but don’t leave it at that. As you watch TV, try to think which of the perspectives would be most closely aligned with the programmes you are watching. In doing so, you will be developing your understanding of the editorial voice and the core ideologies that underpin the programmes you are watching.