Friday, 6 June 2014

Media Quotes of the Week: From why old hacks shouldn't teach journalism to claim Snowden scooped attention but no money for Guardian

Professor Robert G. Picard, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, speaking at a journalism conference at Ryerson University, Toronto: "Journalism programmes will never move forward by hiring middle-aged and senior journalists. Month after month, I see journalism programmes gloating that they have hired notable journalists from major print and television companies. They circulate the news in glowing press releases about the years of experience of their new faculty. Although this helps ageing journalists who have lost their employment with news organisations, it is not going to help students develop the attitudes and skills necessary to thrive in the emerging news environment. Why would anyone think that hiring someone from a decaying news organisation, steeped in old ways of doing things, is an effective way to try to help create the journalists and news organisations for the future?"

Norman Giller on the Sports Journalists'Association website: "It will be all eyes on the Sunday Times this weekend as they splash the second installment of their exposé of the (alleged) corruption surrounding Qatar’s winning 2022 World Cup bid. I understand from my Wapping mole that there are even more sensational revelations to come, and there has been a lock down on the Insight department to prevent any leaks. 'We can get front page leads out of what we have on file for a month,' they said."

Ed Miliband, interviewed by BuzzFeed: “It’s always a good idea not to read the newspapers. I don’t read much British news. You get a lot of advice in the newspapers about what you should do. It’s much more important to follow your own path and stick to your own path.”

Hugh Muir on Miliband on the Guardian News Blog: "It isn't always easy ploughing through the British papers. Cruel and unusual punishment some days. But you might think it's part of the job."

Raymond Snoddy ‏@RaymondSnoddy on Twitter: "Ed Miliband says he doesn't read British newspapers or watch 24-hour news channels - explains his ignorance of what is happening in UK."

Anthony Hudson, representing the media in the Court of Appeal, arguing against the holding of a terrorism trial in secret: "No order has ever been made which requires an entire criminal trial to be in private with the media excluded and the defendants unnamed. We submit that the orders made involve such a significant departure from the principle of open justice that they are inconsistent with the rule of law and democratic accountability."

Arianna Huffington in the Guardian: "I am very optimistic about the future media industry. I am even optimistic about the future of newspapers."

Richard Ingrams on his decision to resign as editor of The Oldie, as told to Press Gazette: “I have greatly enjoyed working on The Oldie with an outstanding team and I would have liked to go on doing the job. But at 76 I consider myself too old for disciplinary hearings. However it is reassuring however to know that I still have the capacity to annoy people.”

Peter Barron ‏@EchoPeterBarron on Twitter:"Sincere apologies for publishing the same puzzles page two days running. Cross words have been exchanged for most of the day."

Hacked Off director Brian Cathcart in The Observer: "For the sake of those who would suffer cruel treatment and for the sake of decent journalism, we can't settle for the kind of regulation that suits the men who run the Sun, the Times, the Mail, the Mirror and the Telegraph. Leveson and the charter have set out a fair test of what an effective, independent self-regulator should be. We should demand that these companies adopt a system that passes that test – and we should not allow them to silence or drown out our demands by the abuse of their press power."

The Germans have surrendered... don't tell the press. RAF Telex 8 May 1945 via @BTarchive on Twitter.

Michael Wolff in GQ: "Snowden, and the continuing great outpouring of attention around the story, made no money for the Guardian. This seemed inexplicable and dumbfounding to Guardian management. They had broken the biggest story of the day - vastly increased traffic, made people famous, changed history! - and been unable to monetise it."
[£] = paywall

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