Thursday, 9 June 2016

Media Quotes of the Week: Is this the greatest Muhammed Ali front page? to do Gove and Boris like drama and change because they're journalists?

The Huffington Post: "This 'stunning' front page has been described as the best to mark the death of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali...The death of a major public figure always prompts the papers to strive to capture what they were about best. Tweeters praised the effort by The Observer, which favoured a simple approach: a photo of Ali in his heyday with a inset of text quoting the Obamas’ striking tribute as to why he was a hero to so many and one of the most famous people on earth. The page drew praise and was described by one Tweeter as a reason 'why print will last forever'."

Peter Preston in the Observer: "National papers sell 6.7m copies every morning, and 6m plus on Sundays. That’s cover-price money every step of the way. Print ads still account for nearly two-thirds of Mail money flowing in. Remember that more than 35 million Brits continue to read a print paper, according to the latest National Readership Survey results. Remember that 95% of the population reads a paper or magazine on newsprint, mobile, tablet or laptop. But ask readers – as Reuters did the other day – whether they’ll pay money for quality, trusted news on the net, and 63% say 'no thanks'.”

Will Lewis, CEO of Dow Jones, publishers of the Wall Street Journal, interviewed in InPublishing: “Our biggest challenge is not getting dragged into this morass of depression about the print industry. Every day brings news – of the ‘my God this is terrible’ variety - and it’s not terrible for us, print remains a very strong platform amongst many for us. My main worry is that we seem to be the only people out there still talking about the power of print because it is a vital part of our mix but we really need other people to recognise that. The engagement stats are mindboggling. People are really reading this stuff.”

Benedict Spence in the Independent on the booing of Laura Kuenssberg by Labour Party activists at Jeremy Corbyn's press conference:"Two things stand out here: a deep-seated suspicion among his supporters that all journalists covering Jeremy Corbyn must be biased, and the impression that though all who speak out against him are fair game for abuse, women are fairer game than men. It isn’t limited to journalists; just take a look at the stuff Jess Phillips and Stella Creasy receive from people on the left."

Gaby Hinsliff in the Guardian: "Journalists are not out to destroy Corbyn because he threatens to bring down the neoliberal elite, or because they’re all Tories, or because they live in a bubble of groupthink. (The lobby is overly male, pale and Oxbridge-educated, but insofar as I ever knew my lobby colleagues’ private political leanings, they were a much more mixed bag than you’d probably find walking down your street.) It’s more that most journalists – rightly or wrongly – simply don’t expect Corbyn to win an election. And the lobby has an instinctive bias towards winners – people who either wield power, or might soon."

Society of Editors executive director Bob Satchwell's response to the application by Impress to be a press regulator: “Not only does Impress not meet the criteria set out in the Leveson report, it does not, nor does it expect, to have the support or membership of the majority or any significant part of the industry.”

NiemanLab reports:"There are now more Americans working for online publishers and broadcasters than for newspapers, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment at online outlets first eclipsed newspapers in October 2015."

Raymond Snoddy ‏@RaymondSnoddy on Twitter: "Boris and Gove both journalists a species with marked taste for change and drama and lesser appetite for detail and consequences."

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