Publication Year: 2010
Are newspapers faced with an existential threat or are they changing to meet the challenges of a digital world? With the newspaper's role in a state of fundamental redefinition, Newspaper Journalism offers a timely and up to the minute analysis of newspapers today, in the context of their historical importance to society. Drawing on their extensive experience in academia and also across local, national, mainstream, and alternative newspapers, Peter Cole and Tony Harcup write clearly and engagingly from both industry and scholarly perspectives, and contend that, far from dying, newspapers are doing what they have always done: adapting to a changing environment.
This text is essential reading for all students of the press, with comprehensive and critical coverage of the most important debates in the study ...
- Front Matter
- Back Matter
- Subject Index
Part I: Newspapers past and Present
- Chapter 1: The Continuing Importance of Newspaper Journalism
- Chapter 2: The UK National Press Today
- Chapter 3: Beyond Fleet Street: Newspapers in the Regions and Nations
- Chapter 4: Headlines from Newspaper History
Part II: Contemporary Practices and Current Debates
- Chapter 5: The Changing Political Economy of the Press
- Chapter 6: From Telling Stories to Providing Content: Journalism in the Digital Age
- Chapter 7: The Press under Scrutiny: Self-Regulation and Ethics
- Chapter 8: Digging Deeper: Investigative Journalism in Newspapers
Part III: Making Sense of Newspapers
© Peter Cole and Tony Harcup 2010
First published 2010
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- 1.1 Newspaper readership 1983–2006 7
- 2.1 Sales of national dailies 21
- 2.2 Sales of national Sundays 21
- 2.3 Newspaper readership by sex 37
- 2.4 Newspaper readership by age 37
- 2.5 Newspaper readership by social grade 38
- 2.6 Newspaper readership by ethnic origin 39
- 2.7 Newspaper readership by voting intention 40
- 2.8 Compact effect 44
- 3.1 A breakdown of the UK's provincial press 50
- 3.2 The Scottish newspaper market 52
- 5.1 Daily sales by publisher 88
- 5.2 Sunday sales by publisher 89
- 5.3 Weekly sales by publisher 89
- 5.4 Monthly advertising spend in the national press 92
- 5.5 Top five regional publishers, July 2008 97
- 6.1 Numbers of ethnic minority journalists (and the ethnic minority population) 122
- 10.1 Audience for newspapers and their websites, November 2008 187
Thanks to everyone who has helped make this book possible, including colleagues and students past and present; series editors David Finkelstein, Martin Conboy and Bob Franklin; and most of all to Mila Steele and her team at SAGE.
Appendix: Press Complaints Commission Code of Practice[Page 201]
The Press Complaints Commission is charged with enforcing the following Code of Practice which was framed by the newspaper and periodical industry. It was amended and ratified by the PCC most recently in 2009, with the current code taking effect on 19 October 2009.The Code
All members of the press have a duty to maintain the highest professional standards. The Code, which includes this preamble and the public interest exceptions below, sets the benchmark for those ethical standards, protecting both the rights of the individual and the public's right to know. It is the cornerstone of the system of self-regulation to which the industry has made a binding commitment.
It is essential that an agreed code be honoured not only to the letter but in the full spirit. It should not be interpreted so narrowly as to compromise its commitment to respect the rights of the individual, nor so broadly that it constitutes an unnecessary interference with freedom of expression or prevents publication in the public interest.
It is the responsibility of editors and publishers to apply the Code to editorial material in both printed and online versions of publications. They should take care to ensure it is observed rigorously by all editorial staff and external contributors, including non-journalists, in printed and online versions of publications.
Editors should co-operate swiftly with the PCC in the resolution of complaints. Any publication judged to have breached the Code must print the adjudication in full and with due prominence, including headline reference to the PCC.[Page 202]Accuracy
Opportunity to Reply
- The press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information, including pictures.
- A significant inaccuracy, misleading statement or distortion once recognised must be corrected, promptly and with due prominence, and – where appropriate – an apology published.
- The Press, whilst free to be partisan, must distinguish clearly between comment, conjecture and fact.
- A publication must report fairly and accurately the outcome of an action for defamation to which it has been a party, unless an agreed settlement states otherwise, or an agreed statement is published.
A fair opportunity for reply to inaccuracies must be given when reasonably called for.*Privacy
- Everyone is entitled to respect for his or her private and family life, home, health and correspondence, including digital communications.
- Editors will be expected to justify intrusions into any individual's private life without consent. Account will be taken of the complainant's own public disclosures of information.
- It is unacceptable to photograph individuals in private places without their consent.
Note – Private places are public or private property where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy.*Harassment
Intrusion into Grief or Shock
- Journalists must not engage in intimidation, harassment or persistent pursuit.
- They must not persist in questioning, telephoning, pursuing or photographing individuals once asked to desist; nor remain on their property when asked to leave and must not follow them. If requested, they must identify themselves and whom they represent.
- Editors must ensure these principles are observed by those working for them and take care not to use non-compliant material from other sources.
- In cases involving personal grief or shock, enquiries and approaches must be made with sympathy and discretion and publication handled sensitively. This should not restrict the right to report legal proceedings, such as inquests.
- When reporting suicide, care should be taken to avoid excessive detail about the method used.
*Children in Sex Cases
- Young people should be free to complete their time at school without unnecessary intrusion.
- A child under 16 must not be interviewed or photographed on issues involving their own or another child's welfare unless a custodial parent or similarly responsible adult consents.
- Pupils must not be approached or photographed at school without the permission of the school authorities.
- Minors must not be paid for material involving children's welfare, nor parents or guardians for material about their children or wards, unless it is clearly in the child's interest.
- Editors must not use the fame, notoriety or position of a parent or guardian as sole justification for publishing details of a child's private life.
- The press must not, even if legally free to do so, identify children under 16 who are victims or witnesses in cases involving sex offences.
- In any press report of a case involving a sexual offence against a child –
- The child must not be identified.
- The adult may be identified.
- The word ‘incest’ must not be used where a child victim might be identified.
- Care must be taken that nothing in the report implies the relationship between the accused and the child.
*Reporting of Crime
- Journalists must identify themselves and obtain permission from a responsible executive before entering non-public areas of hospitals or similar institutions to pursue enquiries.
- The restrictions on intruding into privacy are particularly relevant to enquiries about individuals in hospitals or similar institutions.
*Clandestine Devices and Subterfuge
- Relatives or friends of persons convicted or accused of crime should not generally be identified without their consent, unless they are genuinely relevant to the story.
- Particular regard should be paid to the potentially vulnerable position of children who witness, or are victims of, crime. This should not restrict the right to report legal proceedings.
Victims of Sexual Assault
- The press must not seek to obtain or publish material acquired by using hidden cameras or clandestine listening devices; or by intercepting private or mobile telephone calls, messages or emails; or by the unauthorised removal [Page 204]of documents or photographs; or by accessing digitally-held private information without consent. ii) Engaging in misrepresentation or subterfuge, including by agents or intermediaries, can generally be justified only in the public interest and then only when the material cannot be obtained by other means.
The press must not identify victims of sexual assault or publish material likely to contribute to such identification unless there is adequate justification and they are legally free to do so.Discrimination
- The press must avoid prejudicial or pejorative reference to an individual's race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation or to any physical or mental illness or disability.
- Details of an individual's race, colour, religion, sexual orientation, physical or mental illness or disability must be avoided unless genuinely relevant to the story.
- Even where the law does not prohibit it, journalists must not use for their own profit financial information they receive in advance of its general publication, nor should they pass such information to others.
- They must not write about shares or securities in whose performance they know that they or their close families have a significant financial interest without disclosing the interest to the editor or financial editor.
- They must not buy or sell, either directly or through nominees or agents, shares or securities about which they have written recently or about which they intend to write in the near future.
Journalists have a moral obligation to protect confidential sources of information.Witness Payments in Criminal Trials
*Payment to Criminals
- No payment or offer of payment to a witness – or any person who may reasonably be expected to be called as a witness – should be made in any case once proceedings are active as defined by the Contempt of Court Act 1981.
[Page 205]This prohibition lasts until the suspect has been freed unconditionally by police without charge or bail or the proceedings are otherwise discontinued; or has entered a guilty plea to the court; or, in the event of a not guilty plea, the court has announced its verdict.
- Where proceedings are not yet active but are likely and foreseeable, editors must not make or offer payment to any person who may reasonably be expected to be called as a witness, unless the information concerned ought demonstrably to be published in the public interest and there is an over-riding need to make or promise payment for this to be done; and all reasonable steps have been taken to ensure no financial dealings influence the evidence those witnesses give. In no circumstances should such payment be conditional on the outcome of a trial.
- Any payment or offer of payment made to a person later cited to give evidence in proceedings must be disclosed to the prosecution and defence. The witness must be advised of this requirement.
The Public Interest
- Payment or offers of payment for stories, pictures or information, which seek to exploit a particular crime or to glorify or glamorise crime in general, must not be made directly or via agents to convicted or confessed criminals or to their associates – who may include family, friends and colleagues.
- Editors invoking the public interest to justify payment or offers would need to demonstrate that there was good reason to believe the public interest would be served. If, despite payment, no public interest emerged, then the material should not be published.
There may be exceptions to the clauses marked * where they can be demonstrated to be in the public interest.
- The public interest includes, but is not confined to:
- Detecting or exposing crime or serious impropriety.
- Protecting public health and safety.
- Preventing the public from being misled by an action or statement of an individual or organisation.
- There is a public interest in freedom of expression itself.
- Whenever the public interest is invoked, the PCC will require editors to demonstrate fully how the public interest was served that they reasonably believed that publication, or journalistic activity undertaken with a view to publication, would be in the public interest.
- The PCC will consider the extent to which material is already in the public domain, or will become so.
- In cases involving children under 16, editors must demonstrate an exceptional public interest to over-ride the normally paramount interest of the child.
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