Ethical dilemmas: Should pictures like this be published by newspapers?

A social media debate about imagery depicting this incident over the weekend took me by complete surprise. The incident, in which a car collided with a telegraph pole in a residential road, made the news, including on one of our websites. The story began to unfold well before it hit the headlines, though. From what…

Parenting and journalism phrases which should be banned

Before I became a parent a particular phrase really irritated me. It was words to the effect of: “You’ll understand when you’re a parent.” Always uttered by a parent, I was intrigued to know what superior mindset would come over me when I joined the elite club. I would often hear this in relation to…

My papers: Why accusations of bias are wrong

It’s all too easy to label a newspaper biased if you don’t like what you see. I spent three years as a political reporter for our papers and in that time I dedicated the majority of my evenings to covering hundreds of council meetings. I was often the only one in the public gallery, press…

Trade secrets: How to do shorthand

Some people might balance spoons on their face as their party piece. Others might whip out their best Alan Sugar impression, or a bit of amateur opera. Ask a journalist, though, and it’s likely to be their Teeline rather than their teaspoons that they turn to. Shorthand comes in a variety of styles. Former typists…

My papers: Who tells us what to print?

I was out and about a couple of weeks ago and someone clocked I worked for the local paper. These inquisitive beings crop up all over the place, like a granny sensing a nearby baby. This generally goes one of two ways: intrigue about an interesting career or an ear bashing for a terrible cock-up….