Goodbye newspapers, hello corruption

Goodbye to the Age of Newspapers (Hello to a New Era of Corruption) is the title of an essay by Paul Starr in The New Republic (America's most consistently intelligent political magazine and a must-read for anyone determined to understand life inside the Washington DC beltway). I urge everyone to read it. It is depressing, but erudite and utterly right. A new democratic deficit looms. We journalists must urgently find a way to fill it.

Guernica and the first draft

Students will remember George Steer, the Times correspondent who revealed the bombing of Guernica, from my lectures and seminars about the Spanish Civil War. I know Sarah has introduced you to other examples of his writing. In the Times this morning there is fresh confirmation of the efforts Franco made to deny the truth of Steer's report. 

Harsh realities

Not the most uplifting thing to post on a journalism education site, but this video chronicling the death of a US newspaper after a century and a half is certainly a sign of the times. It's way too long, and a little self-indulgent, but under the circumstances you can't blame its creators, whose first instinct was to report their own demise. Watch the first couple of minutes and then skip to about 16 mins, when the final coup de grace is delivered. I've been in that situation. It's bloody horrible.

Final Edition from Matthew Roberts on Vimeo.

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