Thursday 24 December 2009

Best of 2009: Dominic Ponsford

Press Gazette editor Dominic Ponsford picks his Best Media of 2009 and demands a pint for his labours. Also today, in the posting below, ex-Press Gazette editor Ian Reeves names his Best Media of 2009.

Best old media: Daily Telegraph is a bit of a given, for their expenses coverage. But beyond that Private Eye has been on blistering form of late. And Press Gazette, for rising Phoenix like from the ashes yet again!

Best new media: The Guardian's live Ashes cricket blog, which I had on in the background at work and was then glued to on my mobile on the way home.

Best story: MPs' expenses (obviously!) and The Guardian's coverage of the killing of newspaper vendor Ian Tomlinson, made possible by a 'citizen journalist' with a video camera on a mobile phone.

Best journalist: Will Lewis at the Telegraph. For having the guts to go with it on the Telegraph expenses story (when The Sun and Times apparently bottled it) and for betting the farm on it when he did.

Predictions for 2010: The tectonic plates are shifting: A window-cleaner wouldn't wash your windows for nothing but carry advertising on his van, the winners of X Factor wouldn't dream of giving their 'music' away for nothing while sticking advertising on the album sleeve. So why the devil are journalists giving everything away for free! There will still be a big place for advertising supported free content, but for meatier in-depth journalism - people are going to have to start paying. So come to think of it Jon, I think you owe me a pint!
(Isn't comment free? - Jon S)

Best Media of 2009: Ian Reeves; Laura Oliver; Judith Townend;Patrick Smith; Grey Cardigan; Jean Morgan; Neil Fowler; Chris Wheal; Adrian Monck; Paul Linford; Jo Wadsworth; Steve Dyson; Steve Busfield; Sam Shepherd.

Many thanks to everyone who answered my Christmas Questionnaire - Jon S.


Russell Cavanagh said...

Jon, thanks for this series of "best of" pieces. Must have been fun to put together and they are really informative (particularly in these uncertain times) ...

All the best for 2010 when it comes (and Happy Christmas!)

Anonymous said...

Sincerely not meaning in any way to detract from you "best" of 2009 blogspot however I would like to opine that it amazes me that not one journalist for almost 9 months now has found the wherewithall to leak the monika of the thug cop who beat the living daylights out of Ian Tomlinson. I thought in former year Private Eye was a high achiever for dropping such snippets. How disgusting that the cop and those who stood by and were complicit thereby in the attack have not yet been charged.

Ian Cameron. Stockwell.

Jon Slattery said...

Thanks Russell,

A very merry Christmas to you too.

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