Anorak News | Madeleine McCann: Ecuador, National Treasures And Tabloid Bingo

Madeleine McCann: Ecuador, National Treasures And Tabloid Bingo

by | 22nd, April 2008

bingo.gifMADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

THE GUARDIAN: “Time’s running out to preserve our treasures”

The children?

Transferring text, audio and images to a PC often unearths forgotten gems from the archives. But will we be able to save them all.


Sarah Niblock, head of journalism at Brunel University, frequently uses news archives as a teaching tool. “Because we try to encourage students to reflect on practice, it’s important to be able to show them the trajectory that a story has taken, the evolution of that story. For instance, we’ve recently had the culmination of many long heated debates over the coverage of the Madeleine McCann situation. To be able to look back at the coverage, compare and contrast, ask questions about it – and to be able to do that at the push of a button … archives are tremendous for that.”

THE BIRMINGHAM POST: “Does the Ecuador tragedy mean we need to better protect our children?”

A coach crash that kills five British backpackers. What has this to do with Madeleine McCann. Surely, she was not in Ecuador?

One can only imagine what the parents of those poor young women killed on a gap year trip to Ecuador are going through.

Not in the Mail – there you can almost taste the pain.

Most people my age will remember running around freely when they were kids and getting up to all sorts of mischief with their mates.

Strange then that now we are parents we don’t afford our own children the same freedom and trust. We feel guilty if we let them on a bike without a crash helmet on.

Why this is so? Maybe it’s got something to do with the mass media where stories such as the abduction of Madeleine McCann are played over and over again in minute detail.

Dead backpackers. A missing child. Compare and contrast. It’s tabloid bingo

Madeleine McCann – selling papers 

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