The top leader in today's Times celebrates the Justice Secretary's decision to open family courts to reporters. This is a crucial reform, long overdue and of significance to all who care about freedom of speech and aÂ journalist's duty to hold power to account. Of course, the main beneficiaries will be families, for whom future risk ofÂ serious miscarriages of justice will be diminished by the new transparency. Ah, I'm giddy on the oxygen of truth.
For those of you who missed today's lecture, the assignment briefing for your next piece of assessed coursework is now on the site. Check the convergent journalism section of module notes. If there's anything you're not sure about, then do ask. The deadline is 12noon on Thursday 18 December.
Several of you have asked whether there is any recommended reading you can do over the holidays for next term's politics course.Â
Following this week's exercise in sub-editing, I discovered this clever tribute to the art from the Washington Post. It's by Pulitzer-winning writer Gene Weingarten, and praises the newspaper industry's copy editors (the US term for subs) by demonstrating the sort of nonsense we might have to read if they didn't exist. See how many of the 57 errors you can pick up.