Thursday, 28 June 2018

Media Quotes of the Week: From hospital scandal shows why we need local newspapers to can journalists and footballers ever be friends?

How the News covered the story in 2001

Former editor of The News, Portsmouth, Mike Gilson, on HoldTheFrontPageafter the paper was praised in the report into suspicious deaths at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital for highlighting the story from 2001: "What is heartening is that our stories did have the effect of emboldening those inside the system who knew something was wrong to come forward. A salutary lesson in these days when the democratic deficit arising from local journalism’s slow retreat from the frontline is causing real concern. Shortly after our first story, Pauline Spilka, a nursing auxiliary, explained that reading the article had led her to come forward...Of course I don’t claim The News did anything other than what it should have been doing. We did though go at it with a fire in the belly that makes me proud of the team even now. Primarily its shows that a partnership between people in need and public service journalism can get results…no matter how long it takes. We lose that bond at our peril."

Chairman of the George Orwell Journalism Prize judges David Bell on the Observer's Carole Cadwalladr who broke the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data mining story: “This year’s winner – Carole Cadwalladr – deserves high praise for the quality of her research and for her determination to shed fierce light on a story which seems by no means over yet. Orwell would have loved it.”

Tim Walker @ThatTimWalker on Twitter: "Interesting the journalists getting the biggest stories on newspapers now are all at the Guardian group & all women."

Chris Morley, NUJ northern and midlands senior organiser, in a statement on plans by CN Group's new owner Newsquest to cut four out of five staff photographers on the Cumbria-based newspapers"Our members at CN Group have been long suffering in terms of falling pay in real terms and an attrition of jobs over a number of years. But what shines out has been a dogged and determined commitment to quality local journalism that has kept the company going in the harshest of conditions – and they should be congratulated on this great achievement. Instead, new corporate master Newsquest has axed staff throughout the business and is about to now scythe through newsroom photographic capacity in a move that undermines this hard-won reputation for journalistic excellence."

Donald Trump @realDonaldTrump on Twitter: “I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” written on the back of Melania’s jacket, refers to the Fake News Media. Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!"

Guardian reader's editor Paul Chadwick backing editor Kath Viner's decision to spike a Steve Bell cartoon: "Intended or unintended, I believe that in this cartoon an allusion to the ovens of the concentration camps of the Holocaust is obvious. I don’t regard the image as antisemitic, which is important to state because Bell has been accused of it more than once before. Rather, I see the image as insensitively and counterproductively ill-judged...In this case I believe Bell delivered a clanger, amplified by the publicity his own actions prompted. It made Bell and potential antisemitism the story, and muted his cause, which I take to be a demand that Israel’s allies press it to explain the violent death of an articulate young woman who was just starting to come to attention."

From The Times [£]: "Facebook has always claimed that digital is the future, which makes the decision to create its own print magazine all the more remarkable. The social media giant has quietly launched a British-based quarterly magazine aimed at wealthy executives, in an apparently belated conversion to the power of the printed word. Grow is being distributed free in first and business-class airport lounges with the slogan “Grow Your Business. Grow Your Network. Grow Your Mind.” The tech giant’s executives seem unconcerned, or unaware, that Grow is already the name of a popular cannabis horticulture magazine published in the US, which has its own Facebook page. Facebook, which to escape closer regulation has always denied being a publisher, made no public announcement about the magazine’s launch."

Jen Skerritt  on Bloomberg: "As if the U.S. newspaper business didn’t have enough trouble coping with decades of lost readers and advertising dollars. An escalating trade dispute with Canada is poised to make every edition cost a lot more to publish. Newsprint prices have jumped since October to a three-year high and may keep increasing if, as expected, the administration of President Donald Trump slaps duties on imported paper from Canada next month."

Raheem Sterling on "If you grew up the same way I grew up, don’t listen to what certain tabloids want to tell you. They just want to steal your joy. They just want to pull you down. I’m telling you right now … England is still a place where a naughty boy who comes from nothing can live his dream."

Manager Gareth Southgate after a picture of an England team sheet was published by the media, as reported by BBC Sport: "Obviously any time, if we were to give the opposition the opportunity of having our team it's a disadvantage to us. So of course our media has to decide if they want to help the team or not."

Former England and Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy, on BBC Sport: "Some of the press guys want the best of both. They want to be playing darts and bowling with the lads and getting on and having banter with them but as soon as there is problem they will jump on you and hammer you. Make no mistake, a lot of that going and mixing with the press is fake, you do it because you have to do it as players. You know they [the media] will come for you as soon as they have a bad game."


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