The BBC's obsession with LIVE reporting plumbed an amusing new nadirÂ of absurdity last night. Scotland Correspondent Lorna Gordon travelled from her base at Pacific Quay in Glasgow to the banks of the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders to cue in a report about Norwegian salmon rivers that are infected with bacteria. The connection to Scotland? Well Scottish rivers have salmon too, silly head.
With occasionalÂ exceptions, British journalism is notÂ at its best whenÂ reporting science. Usually we ignore it. When we pay attentionÂ we have aÂ tradition of laziness andÂ misunderstanding that too often leads toÂ entirely deliberateÂ hyperbole
The work of photojournalist Robert Capa will doubtlessÂ crop up in several modules during the course of the undergraduate degree, so here's a little taster courtesy of the BBC News web site. It's an audio slideshow featuring an exhibition of Capa's work that is opening at the Barbican. Worth a visit just for his extraordinaryÂ pictures of the D-Day Landings.
The UK economy has continued to decline, with the FTSE 100 Index dropping by 5.7%, as world markets fell sharply.
According to a special live BBC Panorama program on Thursday evening,Â Government Debt has risen to Â£684bn,Â and will continue to rise at a staggeringÂ Â£80,000 per minute.Â
The Sun's MadonnaÂ scoop yesterdayÂ led conference into a discussion about change pages, when newspapers rush to change their editions printed later in the evening after they've been outscooped by a rival's first edition.