Newspapers During world War II

For a very brief introduction to popular newspaper coverage of WWII - including the films that were box office favourites during the Blitz and details of how Blackpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers competed with Arsenal and Everton in the League Championship - follow this link to the site I mentioned in our seminar. You will find out which newspaper asked "What would have happened if Hitler had married Mae West?"

We Saw Spain Die

I had a chance to read Paul Preston's We Saw Spain Die over the weekend.  It is excellent and very relevant to your History of Journalism essay topic. I have put my personal copy in the newsroom. Feel free to use it but NOT to remove it.  I have ordered an additional copy. When it arrives I will put it in the same place on the same basis i.e. newsroom use only. It is available only in hardback at the moment and costs £20 at Waterstones and a little less on Amazon.  

Tone deaf Diana wails yet wows

Many thought Jon Anderson, Morrissey, Patrick Stump and Susanna Hoffs were bad - and they weren't even competing on a talent show. They were just performing to their abilities (or lack of them) for the joy of it.

Now it seems people like singer Diana Vickers, via a highly commercial enterprise, are succeeding through image and "originality" instead. Not that many celebrities don't, because that is there role. But, the realisation that talent is being utterly destroyed by entertainment is grossly apparent.

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