Journalism: Critical Issues

Journalism: Critical Issues

Journalism: Critical Issues

Journalism: Critical Issues


"...this book can be recommended to journalism students as a useful entry point into many of the debates surrounding 21st century journalism, and as a way of encouraging thought about what, indeed, a journalist may be." Tony Harcup, University of SheffieldIn the last ten years, there has been an enormous growth in the firlds of coaching, mentoring and consultancy. This field, like psychotherapy and counselling before it, is going through a phase of professionalisation, with the establishment of formal standards, European bodies and the requirements for supervision. This book provides a response to these growing demands. The first section is for the coach, mentor and consultant; the second is for the Supervisor of such people; the third addressing the wider issues of training supervisors and the final section on looking at the wider systems in which supervision happens.


At any given moment there is a sort of all-pervading orthodoxy, a
general tacit agreement not to discuss large and uncomfortable facts.

George Orwell

These are troubled times for journalism. One commentator after the next is declaring the conviction that it is in a state of crisis, even in danger of losing its place at the heart of democratic society. Some of the voices raising the alarm are pointing to reportorial scandals – such as those involving Andrew Gilligan at the BBC, Jayson Blair at The New York Times or Jack Kelley at USA Today – as evidence of a deeper, more disturbing malaise. Even certain noteworthy journalists are wondering aloud whether the fabric of a once proud profession is slowly coming unravelled, not least – they fear – by the relentless pull of populism, politics and profits on its rapidly fraying threads.

It was all too telling, some would suggest, that when the Daily Mirror conceded that its photographs purporting to depict the abuse of an Iraqi prisoner at the hands of British soldiers were actually fakes, few seemed genuinely surprised. The incessant drive to be first with the story, to scoop one's rivals whatever the cost, had claimed its usual casualty – the truth. The Mirror's front-page apology read:




Iraqi PoW abuse pictures handed to
us WERE fake

It is now clear that the photographs the Mirror published of British
soldiers abusing an Iraqi prisoner were fakes.

The evidence against them is not strong enough to convict in a court
but that is not the burden of proof the Daily Mirror demands of itself.
Our mission is to tell the truth.

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