Category Archives: Journalism

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ‘72

Every time I think about Hunter S. Thompson, an unbidden mental picture of The History Man’s infernal Howard Kirk hoves into view, probably because Thompson, like Kirk, is inextricably linked in the general consciousness with the so called ‘counter culture’ of … Continue reading

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Research, Question,Verify, Write.

I mentioned in my last post that I’d signed up to do some journalism training.  Four weeks in, and I’ve learnt a lot. First up, this is hard work and requires some concentrated effort.  I’ve done three interviews and all … Continue reading

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A New Challenge

In my household, where things like emptying the bins and stacking the dishwasher are luxuries (because everyone is so time poor), you’d have to be a plank to go and commit yourself to a big higher education project on top … Continue reading

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The Duke in his Domain

Feature writing covers a wide range of areas, but for me, profiling is probably the most interesting sub-genre.  The best profiles don’t tend to focus on hard biographical data about the subject, but instead aim to present a coherent, accessible … Continue reading

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Airhead: The Imperfect Art of Making News is a fascinating account of key interviews undertaken by BBC journalist and Newsnight presenter, Emily Maitlis. If you’re looking for an academic work on the journalistic process, this ain’t it. But if you’re … Continue reading

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This week, I learnt that Boris Johnson gets paid £23,000 per month for his weekly column in Monday’s Daily Telegraph. This article gets the top slot, centre pages, opposite the newspaper’s editorial leaders. At an average of 1,250 words per … Continue reading

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