Daily Archives: 12 January 2007

A reading list for journalists and wannabes

The other day, a young reporter asked, “Sir, can you suggest some books that I should read?” The question at once underscored two things. One, how little our journalism schools and colleges inculcate the reading habit in journalism students. And two, how little information there is out there for an eager journalist to pursue her…

Bold, edgy, intelligent. What’s that?

One day in the year of 2043, predicts Philip Meyer in his recent book The Vanishing Newspaper, a reader will set aside the final copy of a printed American newspaper as new technology, diminishing advertising returns, and plunging readerships take their toll. But newspapers aren’t dying but committing suicide, says columnist Molly Ivins: “What really…

Your privacy ends where my nose begins

Kate Middleton, the girlfriend of Prince William, has been in the eye of a photography storm, with the paparazzi pursuing the woman many believe may become the wife of a future King of Britain. But Simon Jenkins, the former editor of The Times, London, provides a compelling contrarian view on the breast-beating that accompanies such…