No joke: media training lessons from the Stephen Fry affair

Erudite wit and well-known Twitter fan Stephen Fry has been out of sorts over the past week, put out at the widespread derision over his reported remarks to the effect that ‘women don’t enjoy sex’. Mr Fry, who as a gay male makes no claim to have any intimate knowledge of the subject, first denied… Read more »

Danger: emotive language alert

Emotive language is nearly always what gets you noticed in an interview – so handle with care. Words like ‘disaster’, ‘scandal’, ‘terror’ and so on look dramatic in headlines, and are nearly always picked out by reporters in preference to blander fare. Mayor of London Boris Johnson – no slouch at the ‘quotable quote’ –… Read more »

In journalists we trust?

Who should you trust more – politicians or journalists? Both have been getting a bad press lately, but at last night’s Stone Club debate on the matter, it was journalists who came out worst. The Guardian’s Michael White and others made the point that ‘politicians have journalists to keep them honest – journalists have no-one… Read more »

Does the truth lie? Tittle-tattle vs authoritative reporting

The rising influence of political bloggers and citizen journalists continues to put pressure on the practices of the more serious end of the established media. Aspects of this clash of ideology came to the fore at a thought-provoking Editorial Intelligence debate for the launch of Julia Hobsbawm’s collection of essays, ‘Where the truth lies’. Sometimes… Read more »