One of the ironies of the current decline of print media in the West is that while newspaper and newsmagazines find it difficult to survive, the up-market magazine sector flourishes. The Washington Post may lose money, (the London) Times may be bleeding and the New York Times may struggle to make a profit, but Vanity Fair, Vogue, In Style and the rest face no threat to their continued survival. Read more
I wrote last week about some of the arguments for and against increasing the salaries of members of Parliament. Since that blog was posted, there have been many developments, not all of them savoury. Read more
A funny thing has happened to newspapers over the last year and though we’ve all noticed it, few of us have bothered to discuss this development.
Which is odd, because you would have thought that somebody would have written an obituary by now. Read more
Most Indian journalists have contempt for cheque-book journalism. We believe that it is entirely wrong to pay sources for information and regard those who do so as being beyond the pale.
Many — if not most — American journos have a similar attitude. Cheque-book journalism remains restricted to sleazy super-market tabloids who are content to pay, say Britney Spear’s hair-dresser a large sum of money for some story about Britney’s love life. Read more
Two questions for this, the first of a new series of blogs. One: how much freedom should an editor give a columnist? And two: how much criticism of itself should a newspaper be prepared to publish. Read more