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Juxtaposition fail: Irish Herald flogs wardrobes by a dead woman’s body

“And the winner of the 2018 most inappropriate product placement in a newspaper goes to the Irish Herald,” tweets

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Posted: 19th, February 2018 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Cocaine snowball fights worry locals in County Tyrone

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To County Tyrone, where the Tyrone Herald has news of cocaine fights:

Posted: 25th, January 2018 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Epic fail: Cambridge News front-page headline clanger

The Cambridge News has an epic headline on today’s front page. “100PT SPLASH HEADING HERE.”


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The BBC has fun:


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Posted: 6th, December 2017 | In: Tabloids | Comment

Students give ‘first hand job’ for work experience

Writer: Is it first hand or firsthand?
Editor: Either one is fine

Spotter: @NJSox

Posted: 30th, October 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Local News watch: Oldham Evening Chronicle shuts for good



Farewell, the Oldham Evening Chronicle (founded in 1854). The paper has closed after 163 years reporting on the borough. It’s a bitter blow for the staff and those on the Chronicle’s four monthly stablemates – the Oldham Extra, Saddleworth Extra, Tameside Extra and the Dale Times.

In June the Chronicle had a circulation of 6,408. One was bought  by John Gilder, who had worked with the paper since 1981. He tells the BBC: “It will be sadly missed. It generates a lot of chat among local people. Before I found out, I popped into the shop and bought a copy without knowing it was the last one. I like reading a physical newspaper but very sadly it’s no more.”


Posted: 31st, August 2017 | In: Money, News | Comment

How British newspapers changed their front pages after the Manchester attack

As the engaging and insightful Liz Gerard writes, the way the Press responded to the attack in Manchester “demonstrates the intrinsic honesty and desire to tell the story that draws most journalists to the trade.

The papers we see every day are the results of hours of debate, discussion, orders from on high. Stories and pictures are often chosen to press an agenda – be it for Left or Right. But when a story like the Manchester bombing breaks late, true journalistic instincts kick in. The “agenda” goes out of the window.

All those hours spent pondering how to portray Corbyn in the worst light, May in the best (or vice-versa) are as nothing when real life intrudes. You just tell the story.

Unless you work for the Express, of course. Then dementia still runs in the family. But on this occasion that’s about lack of investment, rather (I hope) than incompetence.

Today the politicisers will be back in action. The events in Manchester will be spun to suit the agenda. Tomorrow’s papers won’t have this morning’s rough honesty.

The pity is that so few people see these efforts.

Well done my trade.(edited)

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More on the Express’s here.

Follow Liz here and here.

Posted: 24th, May 2017 | In: Broadsheets, Reviews, Tabloids | Comment

Newspapers only feature naked or hired women on front pages

A survey in January this year revealed that women do read newspapers.



But how do newspapers report on women?

These are today’s front pages:

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The only women on the front pages are either advertising trinkets or / and showing lots of skin. The Scottish Daily Mail bucks the trend by showing a mother and daughter rowing.

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And the backpages:


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Women in sport? None.


Posted: 26th, November 2015 | In: Reviews | Comment

Newspaper corection of the week: The Halesowen News’ shop for kleptomaniacs

Newspaper corection of the week: The Halesowen News’ story on Twig Fields and her newly-opened vintage clothing store The Walk-In Wardrobe in Cradley Heath, contained an error:

Newspaper corection of the week: The Halesowen News'

Posted: 26th, April 2015 | In: Reviews | Comment

This was the week when the Daily Telegraph committed suicide in a three tits for tat spat

It was quite a week for the Daily Telegraph.

Things kicked off when Peter Oborne resigned his post as the paper’s chief political commentator. He was upset with what he saw as the editorial being shaped by the advertisers, particularly the paper’s attitude to the HSBC scandal.

In a long and thorough piece on OpenDemocracy, Oborne accused the paper of enacting “a form of fraud on its readers”.

“It has been placing what it perceives to be the interests of a major international bank above its duty to bring the news to Telegraph readers. There is only one word to describe this situation: terrible.”

He also attcked the paper’s committment to listicles and other attempts to copy Buzzfeed, the Daily Express and other click-baiting sites, noting:

“The more important measure appeared to be the number of online visits.”

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Posted: 22nd, February 2015 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comment

Je Suis Grub Street: Salman Rushie and the But Brigade love Charlie Hebdo but hate the British Tabloids

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Salman Rushdie has been taking on the ‘but Brigade’, whose newfound committment to free speech after the Charlie Hebdo massacre has been steadily vanishing, who see moral equivalence and relativism in the murders:

“The French satirical tradition has always been very pointed and very harsh, and still is, you know. The thing that I really resent is the way in which these, our dead comrades … who died using the same implement that I use, which is a pen or pencil, have been almost immediately vilified and called racists and I don’t know what else… Both John F Kennedy and Nelson Mandela use the same three-word phrase which in my mind says it all, which is, ‘Freedom is Indivisible’. You can’t slice it up, otherwise it ceases to be freedom. You can dislike Charlie Hedbo. But the fact that you dislike them has nothing to do with their right to speak.”

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Posted: 25th, January 2015 | In: Reviews | Comment (1)

Newspaper Asks Its Journalists To Deliver Door To Door

NEWSPAPERS are in peril:

– One of California’s largest newspapers has asked reporters and other employees to help deliver papers on Sundays, according to a memo obtained by Reuters, the latest sign of the toll that financial woes are taking on print journalism.

The Santa Ana-based Orange County Register, which recently stopped contracting with rival Los Angeles Times for delivery services, is offering $150 gift cards to staff members if they deliver 500 to 600 papers, according to the memo sent on Thursday, which was confirmed by the paper’s top editor.

“The entire company — all departments, including our newsroom — has been asked to help during what has clearly been a difficult situation,” editor Rob Curley said in an email to Reuters. “It’s strictly voluntary.”

Looks like another job for the interns…

Posted: 17th, November 2014 | In: Money, Reviews | Comment

The Sun Scores A Hit With Its Muslim Woman In A Union Flag Headscarf Cover

THE Sun has been leading with IS, the group the media labels “so-called Islamic State”.

Yesterday the Sun’s cover featured a staged photograph:


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In the Guardian Nesrine Malik (no headscarf) opined:

Yes, you there, Muslim – bleary eyed, sipping your coffee, who thought the activities of a militant group thousands of miles away had nothing to do with you – are you standing up to extremism right now? Is your Islam “British”? If not, then you are Part of the Problem.

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Posted: 10th, October 2014 | In: Reviews | Comments (2)

British Passengers Screened For Ebola, UKIP And AIDS As Panic Spreads In The Media

EBOLA is in the UK. Well, maybe:

The Telegraph says Ebola “may” be in Britain.






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Posted: 10th, October 2014 | In: Reviews | Comment

Philadelphia Newspaper’s Britisher Editor Offends Chinese With ‘Chinky Winky’ Caption



THE Philadelphia Public Record, the free weekly tabloid published by former Philadelphia City Councilman Jimmy Tayoun Sr., regrets the error. A recent report on current Philadelphia City Councilman Mark Squilla at an event in Chinatown wrongly identified his hosts as “Chinky Winky,” “Me Too,” and “Dinky Doo”.“

It was a proofreading error,” says Mr Tayoun. He says the editor used those names because he didn’t have the actual names. Althought, oddly, there were more names than people.

“That editor is a Britisher,” Tayoun added. “He didn’t mean anything by it. The Public Record is the most inclusive publication in Philadelphia.”

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Posted: 26th, August 2014 | In: Reviews | Comment

A Telling Memo On British Newspapers For King George VI’s 1939 Visit To The USA

THIS is a memo on British newspapers by American diplomat for King George VI’s 1939 visit to the US:


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Posted: 16th, June 2014 | In: Flashback, Royal Family | Comment

Manchester United News Round-Up: Moyes Ousted By Bankers, Sex And Ferguson

THE front and back pages and chockfull of Manchester United news. 

The Sun has an “exclusive”.


Inside, we read:

Reds on the ropes after manager is dismissed

The scoop, which employed FOUR journalists, is:

MANCHESTER United will be investigated by Wall Street watchdogs over their handling of David Moyes’ sacking — which added $209million to the giant club’s value.
Moyes was yesterday said to be angry and devastated, both at his dismissal after only ten months as boss and the fact that news of it leaked out the day BEFORE he was officially axed.

Investors were also left fuming by the reported leak as shares leapt by seven per cent. Now United potentially face a rebuke or fine from the New York Stock Exchange — where the shares are listed — and the US Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly briefing journalists before alerting shareholders.

It’s an exclusive?


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What say the money experts at the FT?


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Simon Kuper writes in the FT:

Money buys success in football and several clubs now have more money than United. From 1997 through 2004, United topped the consultancy Deloitte’s “rich list” of European football clubs ranked by revenues. In 2012-13, United dropped out of the top three for the first time since Deloitte began compiling the list. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich now have higher revenues. Moreover, Chelsea, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain have oil-rich owners who pump money in rather than sucking it out. By the logic of the market that means there are six clubs in Europe more likely to win the Champions League than United. In the domestic league, by the same logic, the club’s natural position is now third behind Chelsea and Manchester City.

So. Money matters. Who knew?

Over in the Indy, Ian Herbert has the “inside story” of Moyes’ fall.

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In a back corridor of The Hawthorns six weeks ago, David Moyes gave full force to his temper when expressing his displeasure at the characterisation of one of his regular written communiques to fans as an ‘open letter.’ Venom has always been one of his components.

There have been attempts to rein in his ire and his sometimes bare contempt for those who question him: the Easter eggs on offer before his last pre-match press conference on Good Friday felt like a choreographed softening.

Other papers realise that Ryan Giggs, the new caretaker manager, has a spot of history:


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As for Moyes losing out on £20m, as the Star reports

As he prepared for the hotseat, axed Moyes was dealt a hammer blow with his compensation deal slashed by £20m… But his failure to qualify for the Champions League triggered an “ejector seat” clause in his deal. That allowed United’s owners the Glazer family to get rid of him for £5m, which is 12 months salary and peanuts in terms of pay-offs at football’s highest level.

He lost £20m. Or, to put it ion saner terms, David Moyes walked away with a £5m for 10 months of failure. Make the man not a footy manager but a banker and you’ve got a story of outrage and wailing shareholders.

The Mail opts to lead with Giggs and his one true love |(that’s Mrs Giggs).


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So, Giggs is a top gap. And then what?

The Star says Alex Ferguson will choose the next United manager, just as he chose Moyes to succeed him.

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Eeny, meeny, miney… CARLO!

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Whoever comes next, there first job might be to kick out Fergie and his chums:


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As Kevin Garside notes:

Wilf McGuinness, Frank O’Farrell, Tommy Docherty, Dave Sexton and Ron Atkinson all went in the 17 years that separated the reigns of Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson.

A legacy can weight heavy…

Posted: 23rd, April 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment

Peaches Geldof: Death Inspires Metro To Produce The Most Horrendous Front Page Of All Time

PEACHES Geldof has died. The vivacious, fun, entertaining and smart daughter of the late Paul Yates and Bob Geldof has died aged 25. She leaves behind a husband and two young sons.

So. How does the Metro newspaper report on the death of a young woman and her bereft family?


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What mind thought that was a good front page?

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Posted: 7th, April 2014 | In: Celebrities, Reviews | Comments (2)

Nottingham Evening Post Nails Sacked Nottingham Forest Manager Billy Davies

LOCAL news Watch spots the Nottingham Evening Post exacting a delicious revenge on Billy Davies.

Until yesterday, Davies was manager of Nottingham Forest FC. During his tenure, the Post was banned from attending press conferences. So. Here’s how the Post has covered Davies’ departure:


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Who says local newspapers are irrelevant?


Posted: 26th, March 2014 | In: Reviews | Comment

Torquay Police Bypass Journalists And Publish Direct On Local Newspaper Website

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AFTER the hacking scandal broke, there were many stories about cosy the police, media and politicians had become. It looks like sensitive information is now mere merchandise. Where are the checks and balances? Who is watching whom?

Who at the Torquay Herald Express thought it a good idea for the local police to have access to the paper’s website?

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Posted: 22nd, March 2014 | In: Reviews | Comment

I’m Stressed About Making Love With Old Obese Men

ANORAK likes the idea of joined-up newspapers. As Jonathan Haynes puts it: “Presumably it was the fantasy about group sex with old men in the Guardian that led to the stress in the Telegraph?”


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Spotter: @JonathanHaynes


Posted: 5th, November 2013 | In: Reviews | Comment

That Royal Baby – the newspaper front pages and ‘pull outs’ (with forceps)

A ROYAL baby is born. Hold everything. Was is over. Get the experts to pen 300 words on blue planceta:


What was Kate’s birth weight? Hopefully, the Express’ sister organ, OK!, will confront that question:


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Posted: 23rd, July 2013 | In: Royal Family | Comment

Journalists who revealed alleged rape victim’s address wrongly relied on the police

THE job of a journalist is surely to question everything officialdom tells you. Thumbs down, then, to the  south London News Shopper which published enough details to ensure that an alleged rape victim could be identified.

The online paper let down the alleged victim by publishing a picture and video of police entering the crime scene, which happened to be the woman’s home. To avoid any doubt, the footage also featured nearby shop fronts.

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Posted: 17th, July 2013 | In: Reviews | Comment

Andy Murray wins Wimbledon: the newspaper front and back pages

DID you see Andy Murray win Wimbledon? Did you watch it all? Or are you one of the many who saw bits of it, popping in an out of the kitchen and garden to see parts of the tennis player’s momentous win? Tennis remains a minority sport. It’s not the football. But today it’s bigger. For those of you who love reading about football in the newspapers – or for that matter, politics, weather, celebs, wars etc. – you’ll having to find it amid reams and rams of Murray Mania:


The Times has a wraparound cover. It’s a photograph of joy to kickstart the working week. 

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Posted: 8th, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comment