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Facing down Facebook: how the old media humbled the new by Jon Slattery

In this age of algorithms, it’s heartening to see that there’s no substitute for intelligent and persistent journalistic endeavour. Some classic old-school digging from the likes of the Observer, Guardian and Times has exposed a dark underside to the tech giants’ operations. Jon Slattery reports.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Jul/Aug 2018

Media Quotes of the Year by Jon Slattery

It was the year the US president kept up his assault on the press as ‘fake news’ and in the UK, some in the media were accused of being unpatriotic and wanting Brexit to fail. There was also some self-criticism. How did journalists fail to predict Theresa May’s disastrous general election result and missed the surge in support for Jeremy Corbyn? Why did the media not report the concerns of the Grenfell Tower residents before the fire? Jon Slattery picks his best media quotes of 2017.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Nov/Dec 2017

Press Regulation – the never ending story by Jon Slattery

It’s incredible to think that Lord Leveson produced his report almost five years ago, yet critically important issues remain unresolved. As the UK continues its slide down the World Press Freedom Index, Jon Slattery updates us on this sorry state of affairs.

Source: InPublishing Magazine May/Jun 2017

Media Quotes of the Year by Jon Slattery

It was the media year in which the first UK national newspaper abandoned print to go digital only. There were continuing cutbacks, launches, leaks, digital disruption, Boris and Brexit. Here, Jon Slattery picks his best media quotes of the year.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Nov/Dec 2016

The Indy: putting up a good fight but can it win the war? by Jon Slattery

In March, the Independent closed its print editions and went digital-only. Obituaries were written and tears shed, though the publishers themselves were resolutely upbeat about their online future. Jon Slattery takes a look at the Independent to see if the spirit of ’86 lives on.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Jul/Aug 2016

Investigations: Journalists can be heroes by Jon Slattery

Two films released in the UK this year, writes Jon Slattery, highlight the way brilliant investigative journalism requires strong editors and publishers, teams of dedicated reporters, time and resources.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Mar/Apr 2016

FoI Under Threat by Jon Slattery

The Freedom of Information Act came into force in January 2005. One decade on, how is FoI viewed by politicians and publishers? Jon Slattery investigates.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Nov/Dec 2015

The Big Freeze: The Chill in Relations between the Press and Police by Jon Slattery

The Leveson Report created a chill in the relations between the press and the police. Now, writes Jon Slattery, it’s turned into a deep freeze following revelations police used the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) – dubbed the ‘Grim Ripa’ by The Sun – to identify journalists’ sources.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Mar/Apr 2015

“Cut me and I bleed ink” - Malcolm Starbrook interview by Jon Slattery

Malcolm Starbrook retired in July after 45 years in journalism. In those 45 years, he worked for nationals and regionals, newspapers and magazines, publishers and regulators. In short, he’s seen it all. He tells Jon Slattery that, despite all the digital disruption, it’s still the journalism that matters and argues we need “more journalists not fewer”.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Nov/Dec 2014

Journalism that matters by Jon Slattery

The Regional Press Awards, held on 16 May at the Lancaster Hotel in London, celebrated the best of regional journalism. Jon Slattery applauds the many examples of strong serious journalism that made a real difference to the communities they serve.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Jul/Aug 2014

Twitter – hot damn! by Jon Slattery

Not being on Twitter, writes Jon Slattery, leaves print journalists as out of touch as the judge who asked: ‘Who are the Beatles?’

Source: InPublishing Magazine Mar/Apr 2014

The Royal Charter: Press regulation without volunteers by Jon Slattery

The New Year sees the UK join the likes of Ethiopia, Libya, Azerbaijan and Myanmar in receiving a press freedom mission from WAN-IFRA. Incredible! How has it come to this? Jon Slattery looks at the ongoing battle over press regulation.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Jan/Feb 2014

How the press got back its mojo – and its regulation in first by Jon Slattery

What a summer. The Lions won in Australia, Andy Murray took the Wimbledon title, Chris Froome stormed to victory in the Tour de France, the Ashes were retained – and, writes Jon Slattery, the British press got back its mojo.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Sep/Oct 2013

Sun Sunday – one year on by Jon Slattery

The Sun Sunday launched in February 2012, plugging a gap left by the closure of the News of the World. A year and a bit on, Jon Slattery looks at its impact on the Sunday tabloid market.

Source: InPublishing Magazine May/Jun 2013

What did Maggie Thatcher ever do for us? by Jon Slattery

Baroness Thatcher’s death on Monday has lead to wall-to-wall coverage of her life and legacy, and this will no doubt continue through the weekend and up to her funeral at St Paul’s on Wednesday. Jon Slattery looks at her impact on the media world.

Source: InPub Weekly # 137 12/04/2013

The Royal Charter and the Press by Jon Slattery

According to Jon Slattery, you’ve got to be worried when politicians look so pleased with themselves. Jon looks back on a tumultuous week for the press.

Source: InPub Weekly # 135 22/03/2013

Leveson – the recommendations by Jon Slattery

On 29 November, Lord Justice Leveson presented his long awaited report into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. The million or so words, spread over four volumes, quickly became distilled into one central question – should there be statutory underpinning of press regulation? Jon Slattery looks at the report and publisher reaction to it.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Jan/Feb 2013

Leveson Modules 3 and 4 by Jon Slattery

And then it was over! After many months of sometimes shocking testimony, Lord Justice Leveson brought proceedings in Court 73 to a close at the end of July and retired to the thankless task of drawing up his recommendations. Jon Slattery looks at what Modules 3 and 4 tell us about the state of the press and the likely future of press regulation.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Sep/Oct 2012

Leveson Inquiry Module 2 by Jon Slattery

With the conclusion of Module 2, the Leveson Inquiry reached its half way point. Module 2 has seen less celebrity glitz but there have still been some explosive revelations. There has also been, writes John Slattery, a distinct lack of balance.

Source: InPublishing Magazine May/Jun 2012

Leveson – module 1 by Jon Slattery

Module 1 of the Inquiry, which examined the relationship between the press and the public and looked at phone-hacking and other potentially illegal behaviour, was completed in February. Jon Slattery looks back at some of the main talking points.

Source: InPublishing Magazine Mar/Apr 2012

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