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Paying for the news

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In life, you get what you pay for, right? So why don’t we apply that to the news? Whether you need to pay the publishing costs of a print product or not, paying for journalists and giving them the time, resources and support to find and write stories bears a cost. Yet we live in an age in which we expect the fruits of their labour to be handed over …

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The journalism clichés I can’t stand

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All journalists are guilty of slipping into cliché mode. Consciously or sub-consciously we reach for well-worn words and phrases in a quest to succinctly sum up the point of the story and to place an emphasis on the bits of our copy that we’re trying to flag up as important. I was probably as guilty as anyone of using some of these clichés – sometimes referred to as journalese – …

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Press didn’t show the newsroom I knew and loved

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I didn’t necessarily expect to recognise everything in the newsroom of BBC One drama Press. After all, this was supposed to be the storied realm of the nationals, not the rough-round-the-edges regionals where I plied my trade. Still, I couldn’t help but feel that too much of the essence of a real newsroom hadn’t been captured by Mike Bartlett’s series opener. For starters, there was nowhere near enough swearing. Maybe that …