This week’s media round up

By Daniel Saunders on January 19, 2012 | Category: Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments

A war of words erupted between Westminster and Holyrood this week with the battle lines being drawn over a referendum on Scottish independence. Having already agreed on the principle of holding a vote, the debate was focused on many of the key details and terms behind it.

Timing has emerged as a major sticking point with the coalition government looking for a decision to be reached within 18 months. This contrasts the SNP who are focused on an Autumn 2014 vote, a date that happens to coincide with the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn – a historic Scottish victory.

Mitt Romney took another step forward in securing the Republican Party’s nomination after winning the New Hampshire primary by a comfortable margin and joining an elite group of candidates to win their first two contests not as an incumbent. His victory speech took the tone of a man challenging the White House rather than his own party rivals, indicative of his commanding position in the contest.

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This year’s media round up

By Daniel Saunders on December 31, 2011 | Category: Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments

As the sun sets on another year, Journalista takes a step back and looks at the stories that have well and truly pitched their tents and occupied the headlines in 2011.

In a year of revolution, comings, goings and the inevitable controversies, it will be interesting to see which of the stories that dominated the media agenda will go on to define 2011 in years to come and which ones fall by the wayside.

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This week’s media round up

By Daniel Saunders on December 16, 2011 | Category: Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments

The winds of change swept through this week’s media agenda in a number of ways. After a number of media storms it was a meteorological one which made the headlines with gales peaking at 165 mph causing substantial amount damage and destruction in Scotland.

In Russia, widespread demonstrations broke out over concerns about the transparency of the 4th December legislative elections, with many commentators branding the protests as the beginning of a ‘Russian Spring’… in the winter.

A post-dinner discussion in Belgium was the unlikely setting for this week’s leading story with prime minister David Cameron opposing EU treaty changes that were tabled in a response to the eurozone crisis. Despite its timing at the end of the week the sheer scale of coverage guaranteed the issue wasn’t caught short in its attempts to reach the top spot.

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This week’s media round up

By Daniel Saunders on November 30, 2011 | Category: Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments


Testimonies from the first witnesses to appear in the Leveson Inquiry stole last week’s media show with the large number of stories being fuelled by the diverse range of individuals involved in proceedings at the High Court. Notable examples include the coverage of Hugh John Mungo Grant, Bob and Sally Dowler and Carine Patry Hoskins, a lawyer in the inquiry who was the subject of the somewhat sexist twitter hashtag #womanontheleft during Mr Grant’s questioning. Journalista wonders whether a male lawyer might have been afforded the same humiliating treatment.

Elsewhere, coverage of the violent Tahir Square protests was up 440% in the build up to nationwide elections in Egypt and a report into the conduct of the England Rugby World Cup squad is leaked.

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This week’s media round up

By Daniel Saunders on November 23, 2011 | Category: Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments

Pressure continued to mount on Sepp Blatter after his comments on the extent of racism in football. Combined with last week’s poppy row, this story ensured that the FIFA president retained its place at the top of the week’s coverage. Meanwhile at the Royal Courts of Justice, the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press began and is likely to remain in the headlines in weeks to come.

In other news, youth unemployment continued to rise, breaking the one million mark for the first time. Government-owned Northern Rock is sold to Virgin Money for £747 million and protesters are forcibly removed from the Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York.

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