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IAN HISLOP On Marr, sleaze TAKINg TrIPOLI XCITY ISSUE 26 SPRING2012 for journalism alumni of city university london xcity-magazine.com and losing his rag Alex Crawford: the story behind the scoop EVAN DAVIS We ask the questions DrugS, LIES AND PuNS Hacks confess to their worst habits + RObeRt FISK JAnICe tuRneR Fleet StReet FOx FROM THE EDITOR W elcome to XCity 2012. With the phone hacking revelations of the past year still dominating the public perception of the press, it's inevitable that thoughts turned to the Leveson Inquiry when plotting and planning our pages. We firmly believe that, despite the turmoil and potential damage to the reputation of the media, this magazine showcases the best in journalism. From our XCity Award winner Lourdes Garcia-Navarro to the independent magazines carving out a niche for themselves on the shelves, the industry is thriving. With Leveson in mind, we turned to Ian Hislop for a stalwart's view of the whole affair. We also hear from anonymous blogger Fleet Street Fox, who mounts a passionate defence of her tabloid colleagues. The role of the media is being widely discussed, but what about those trying to make their name? Our analysis shows that 72% of City journalism MA graduates since 2007 took their first degrees at a Russell Group university. As the cost of journalism training rises, what's the effect on the media when talent is priced out of the industry? Elsewhere, we chat exclusively with Evan Davis about why he considers himself a "soft" interviewer, while Alex Crawford and her Sky team talk us through the thrills and risks of being first into Tripoli. We lift the lid on the mysterious world of the ghost writer: many journalists relish the glory of a byline or being front of camera, but what's it like to slave away in someone else's name? Robert Fisk takes to our pages to bemoan the influence of the internet on modern journalism. Meanwhile, the XCity website has been crafted by our web and multimedia team to expand on the print magazine, with exclusive videos and blogs. And no matter how rigorous your City training, take a glance at our worst habits feature and remember that everyone, no matter how outwardly calm, still has their vices. We hope you enjoy reading your XCity. XCITY Issue 26, Spring 2012 Editor Helen Lawson Deputy Editor Sophia Heath Listings Editor Vesela Gladicheva Deputy Listings Editor Rebecca Lloyd News Editor Natasha Wynarczyk Deputy News Editor David Woode Features Editor Ben Riley-Smith Deputy Features Editor Poppy McPherson Managing Editor Daisy Wyatt Production Editor Kate Lloyd Art Director Zing Tsjeng Picture Editor Monique Rivalland HELEN LAWSON, EDITOR Chief Sub Editor Edward Randell Multimedia Editor and Deputy Chief Sub Editor Pete Ellender Deputy Multimedia and Deputy Production Editor Nicola Merrifield Online Editor Nadia Khomami Deputy Online Editor Julia Rampen THANKS TO Malvin Van Gelderen, Roger Tooth (The Guardian), Dan Davies, Clive Raven, Barbara Rowlands, Spencer Ball, John Battle, Fred Burlage, Getty Images, Reuters ANNA TRENCH Cartoonist and political satirist ARTICLE WORKS Designers, publishers of Article magazine articleworks.co.uk DANIEL STRANGE Cambridge-based freelance illustrator danielstrange.co.uk Ad Manager and Reporter Richard Martin Publisher Jason Bennetto XCity Magazine Department of Journalism City University London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB Tel +44 020 7040 8221 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Web http://xcity-magazine.com annatrench.tumblr. com TOM L Freelance illustrator and tattoo artist tom-l.co.uk LING KO Graphic designer cargocollective.com/ lingko JAMES WRAGG Freelance illustrator from Brighton j-wragg.blogspot.co.uk XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 1 CONTENTS News 5 XCITY reveals The Guardian's secret plan to team up with a university to contribute to a digital journalism MA course in a partnership set to rival City and other colleges. EXCLUSIVE 4 7 LADS MAG LAUNCH City student makes HeDD-way into the lads' mag industry MUCH LOVED TUTORS RETIRE Heather Purdey and Anna McKane are moving on after decades of teaching 11 15 17 WOMEN IN JOURNALISM As a City lecturer campaigns for fairer representation, what are the numbers? XCITY AWARD Meet this year's winner of the �500 prize, Lourdes Garcia-Navarro AWARDS & EVENTS Get up to speed with our prize-winning alumni and our agenda-setting guests 20 CLOSED DOOR FOR THE POOR Research shows MA intake dominated by elite Russell Group graduates 40 A DAY WITH EVAN DAVIS XCity visits the studio to watch the star broadcaster at work 21 EDITORS NEED TO WAKE UP Yasmin Alibhai-Brown calls for positive discrimination for ethnic minorities On the website HOLLYWOOD HACKS From My Girl Friday to Superman, our on-screen heroic hacks FACEBOOK HIGH FLIER A newspaper with four million readers: welcome to the new Guardian app APRES MOI, LE DELUGE What lies next for the whistleblower? OpenLeaks steps up to the plate CRASH JOURNALISM Was inaccurate reporting responsible for the crash of the stock market? 2 / XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM 50 FREELANCING ON THE FRONTLINE Features 22 26 27 MY WORST HABIT Cigarettes, Jack Daniels and no subbing: journos confess their sins HOW ACCEPTING PR GIFTS BECAME A CRIMINAL ACT The best of citizen photojournalism 44 FOR THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE 54 THE BUSINESS OF DATING How newspapers and magazines are falling for online matchmaking 58 ALL SIGNS POINT EAST The real cost of reporting amid China's media boom Who skied down the aisles of Air Force One during take-off? And whose water glass was 100% proof whisky? Love a freebie? Think again before taking that press trip HAVING THE LAST LAUGH Ian Hislop talks about hacking, HIGNFY, and his distaste for "legover" journalism 60 TALES FROM THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL 32 THE STORY BEHIND THE SCOOP How a laptop and steady nerves bagged Sky the Libya exclusive of the year 63 WHY I HATE THE WEB Robert Fisk on how the internet is killing journalism I'M A TABLOID HACK AND PROUD OF IT The mysterious Fleet Street Fox fights the red tops' corner 48 FISHING FOR ANECDOTES 124 38 GHOSTWRITERS OUT OF THE SHADOWS Meet the mysterious and unappreciated authors behind celebrity memoirs LONDON 2012: MEDIA BY NUMBERS 21,000 media professionals; 50,000 meals a day - we crunch the numbers Columnists reveal what it's like to write about your life for a living Listings 65 ALUMNI DIRECTORY Check up on your ex-coursemates with our extensive graduate listings 52 54 FROM FLEET STREET TO DOWNING STREET Top journalists reveal the perks and perils of swapping sides 34 THIS CHARMING MAG Four independent magazines conquering the newsstand with style and panache XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 3 News Undergraduate launches new glamour mag from bedroom A "LAdS' mag" with a circulation of 36,000 has been successfully launched by a City undergraduate. Jon devo, 25, a third year psychology and journalism student, helped launch HeDD in the summer of 2010 after being approached by a modelling agent. The first promotional edition of the magazine was designed in devo's bedroom in west London before 9,000 copies were distributed around London and the South east in September 2010. now on its ninth issue, HeDD is sold for �2.65 in newsagents and distributed for free across university campuses. HeDD covers fashion, fitness, music, film, games and technology. The latest issue features American football and a photo shoot with glamour model Rehea Watson, a finalist in Katie Price's televised model search Signed. The name combines the male pronoun "he" and the glamour model bust size "DD", but Devo calls it "the thinking man's glamour mag". devo agreed to help set up the publication because he enjoyed creating a magazine as part of his course. he is now HeDD's art director. he said: "I wasn't entirely happy with the first few issues. There was too much skin and not enough fashion � I wouldn't have read it. Now even girls like it." HeDD art director Jon Devo despite working 18-hour days on the magazine, devo says his grades have not suffered: "The magazine has made me more focused on work and university. I get essays done two weeks after they're set, not the night before they're due." devo graduates this summer and plans to continue working on the magazine full-time, hoping it will eventually sit side by side with GQ. "It's hard to believe I made issue one in my bedroom and now it's on shelves in Wh Smith. My tutors can't believe that someone has got a magazine off the shelf before they've even finished the course," he said. Barbara Schofield, course director of the BA in journalism and contemporary history, said: "Jon's a fantastic student to have around, very calm and focused. I'm not surprised by his success � our students are always coming up with ideas. Jon has stuck with it and shown perseverance." KATE LLOYD Coursemates become soulmates: mag grads to marry When Christian Koch and Suzy Cox met at the start of term in 1999, they were both aspiring music journalists beginning the periodical diploma. Little did they know that 13 years later they would be preparing to walk up the aisle together. Koch (periodical, 2000), a freelance writer for Q, The Sunday Times and Glamour, proposed to Cox (periodical, 2000), deputy editor of Cosmopolitan, on the beach during a press trip to Jamaica in 2010. The couple will marry in Cornwall this May. "It wasn't love at first sight," said Cox. 4 / XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM Koch and Cox remained friends after graduation, before romance blossomed. Cox admitted: "We didn't tell any of the City lot for months. We were a bit confused and didn't want to cause a mess if things didn't work out. now everyone says it was obvious we'd end up together." Suzy and Christian will be the third couple from City to get married in the past year. In September, Andrew MacAskill and Joanna Sugden (newspaper, 2007) and Sarah Bush and Sean O'Connell (periodical, 2003), also tied the knot. PETE ELLENDER Drunken kiss led to wedding bells "It took four years for us to get together. We had a drunken kiss in the first month at City, but neither of us liked the other in that way." News Guardian News and Media's offices at Kings Place. The group plans to contribute to a journalism course with an unidentified university develop a new THE Guardian plans to set up a major journalism training scheme with a university in a surprise move that will rival City and other universities, XCity can reveal. The loss-making newspaper intends to "contribute" to a number of modules and train student journalists to Guardian standards of digital reporting. The Guardian initially considered opening a stand-alone journalism school but abandoned the plans, as postgraduate accreditation can take up to 10 years to secure. XCity understands that students will pay around �9,000 a year for the national newspaper's proposed digital media course. The course, which could start as soon as September 2013, is set to rival City's new interactive journalism MA and other digital postgraduate courses. If successful, The Guardian is expected to broaden the number of courses available. The newspaper wants to cash in on its expertise in online journalism and develop a new money-generating wing to its business interests. Richard Lindsay, interim head of PR and internal communications at Guardian News and Media, confirmed to XCity that the newspaper had been EXCLUSIVE Guardian plan for rival journalism course exposed speaking to "a range of schools across the country about contributing to the courses they run". he said the partnership would be up and running in "reasonable time" but said it hoped to enrol students for the next academic year. Last year, City launched its pioneering interactive journalism MA, in which students learn how to marry traditional reporting with data journalism and community management. A meeting was held between representatives from City and The Guardian in February to establish a partnership but the conversations ended without an agreement. The newspaper has refused to reveal which university they are currently in talks with about the new course, although it is rumoured to be an institution outside London. Lindsay said the partnership was not about creating a "stream of people to come and work at The Guardian", adding that any involvement they had with the training of journalists would benefit the profession as a whole, not just the newspaper. he said: "The Guardian aims to promote open, courageous and professional journalism that can take advantage of the new information systems rather than being threatened by them. That is the primary aim. "Often to get the input of people in the industry on a regular basis is difficult but we think we can bring something to these courses. It's as simple as that � we've got something to contribute." It is believed that this is a move to raise revenue, as The Guardian and The Observer posted losses of �33m in the year to June 2011. The Guardian has laid off a number of editorial staff, and its graduate training scheme has not run since 2008. The newspaper announced it would focus on its online news coverage and ramp up its digital strategy as it aims to double its revenue to �100m by 2016. DAVID WOODE AND NATASHA WYNARCZYK XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 5 News A NATIONAL cycle safety campaign has been launched in The Times by a former City student after one of his colleagues was seriously injured. Kaya Burgess (newspaper, 2008) got involved in the campaign when fellow Times journalist Mary Bowers was hit by a lorry while cycling last November, breaking her arms, legs and pelvis. She Journalism professors at the Leveson Inquiry: from left, Steven Barnett (University of remains unconscious. Westminster), George Brock and Brian Cathcart (Kingston University) The accident prompted The Times to launch the "Cities fit for cycling" campaign in February � calling for 2% of the Highways Agency budget to be reserved for improving cycling infrastructure, more cycle-friendly HGVs and better training for road users. Since its launch, the campaign has won backing from MPs, athletes and world Professor Brock appeared at the media. David Cameron has verbally THE INQUIRY into phone hacking will assured his support. not change the way ethics is taught at the inquiry in December as part of a panel university, says the head of journalism. of journalism academics alongside Professor George Brock said that phone lecturers from Westminster, Goldsmiths hacking had not "radically" changed the and Kingston universities. He told the inquiry that ethics way ethics is taught at the university. He said: "The interesting things in are "determined by the culture of a ethics teaching are the grey areas, and newsroom" and that the culture is phone hacking, quite honestly, isn't a created by competition for stories and difficult ethical dilemma - it's against reporters who misunderstand signals from the top. the law." Cycling campaigner Kaya Burgess But he said the "essence" of the issue The former managing editor of The Speaking about the accident, Burgess Times said that ethics is taught within a should be to create incentives that will said: "It shook a lot of people up. She broad framework. "You can teach ethics work in popular newsrooms. Professor Brock said the inquiry was is one of my best friends as well as a in two ways; you can discuss values, and you can bring people up-to-date with the about telling people in the wider world colleague � and I'm a cyclist as well. "I see Mary a couple of times a week in rules they are likely to encounter and how media culture works. He said: "News media culture has, at how they will work." hospital so I was asked to help run it." He added that ethics teaching at the least in certain places, become inwardZac Goldsmith, one of 58 MPs to sign a Commons motion in support of the university was reviewed regularly in looking. If what's done in newsrooms only ever makes reference to what's campaign, said: "Cycling is a dangerous light of industry developments. Professor Roy Greenslade, who teaches done in newsrooms, people start to lose activity and if we want to boost take-up that needs to change. This campaign the Journalism and Society module their bearings." Professor Brock was one of three City has pushed the issue far higher up the at City, said: "The key is to take one political agenda and I hope as a result subject that [students] will all face, one staff at City to give evidence at the way or another, and then tease out the inquiry. John Battle, head of compliance we'll see radical steps." A spokesman from the London Cycling problems that will occur in the coverage at ITN and media law lecturer, and Professor David Leigh, investigations Campaign charity described The Times of that subject." The issue of ethics teaching was raised executive editor at The Guardian have campaign as "an excellent effort bringing the problems faced by people who want to at the Leveson Inquiry, amid concerns also taken the stand in recent months. cycle in the UK to a national audience". that future reporters would be pressured EDWARD RANDELL JULIA RAMPEN to deliver exclusive stories. AND VESELA GLADICHEVA Times crusade for cycle safety a huge success Phone hacking will not change ethics teaching at City IMAGE: DAVID BEBBER FOR THE TIMES 6 / XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM Goodbye to much-loved tutors THE department of journalism waved goodbye to two longstanding staff members at the start of the year as Anna McKane, director of the journalism BA, and Heather Purdey, director of the international MA, retired from their respective positions. McKane spent 16 years at City after joining the department to teach on the newspaper MA in 1995. She was director of the undergraduate journalism and contemporary history course before helping to launch the journalism BA. In recent years the BA has become increasingly competitive, with applicants expected to achieve three As at A-level. Last year, 750 students applied for just 76 places. McKane is proud of the progress the course has made. "The course has moved with the times and expanded to become more multi-platform oriented," she said. "It's still a young course but I can confidently say it's now one of the best in the country." McKane is now devoting her time to organising a conference for the European Journalism Training Association, to be held in Istanbul this May, and writing a second edition of her book on the craft of reporting, News Writing. Heather Purdey joined the international MA faculty in 1996 and became course director a year later. Since then, student numbers have tripled, IMAGE: KAREN HATCH News Heather Purdey (left) and Anna McKane (right) have retired from their City teaching roles with more than 100 people enrolled on the course in 2011/12. Purdey said she will always have fond memories of her time at City due to the diversity of the students she worked with. "It has been the best job I've ever had," she said. "Students on the course come from 40 different countries around the world and working with such a range of students is something that will always stay with me." She is now working on a PhD at City, organising short courses for journalists and helping set up a local internet radio station in Wivenhoe, Essex. Two new members of staff have been hired to lead the two courses. Professor Suzanne Franks joined the department in January from the University of Kent as head of the BA course. Meanwhile, Professor Michael Bromley, who previously taught on the international MA, will return to City as course director, leaving his role as chair of the journalism department at the University of Queensland. RICHARD MARTIN Sports bloggers win promotion to the big league TWO recent journalism graduates have developed successful businesses from sports blogs they started at university. Charlie Lankston (newspaper, 2011) created a blog about lacrosse for the online journalism module and soon saw the site attracting 250 hits a day. In June, Lankston was approached by the lacrosse website ArchLevel Report, who bought her out and appointed her editor. She also freelances for a number of national newspapers. Lankston has played lacrosse since the age of 12 and will represent Scotland at the 2012 European Championships, which she also will be covering for ArchLevel Report. IMAGE: STEVE DENNETT ArchLevel Report is a specialist lacrosse site Martin Caparrotta (newspaper, 2011) launched The Sport Review blog as a student at University College London. Since graduating from City last summer, Caparrotta has expanded the blog into a wesbite that carries adverts, with six permanent editorial staff and 14 regular contributors. The Sport Review averages over 200,000 unique page views per month. The site generates revenue through GoogleAds and the team also produces content for Bet365.com. Caparrotta said: "To be at the stage where we've got a decent amount of money just after finishing the course is a dream come true." RICHARD MARTIN XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 7 News Building a free press in Tunisia A PIONEERING scheme to train Tunisian reporters has been set up by City's journalism department. "Reporting in a democracy" advised the country's media on the challenges of journalism in a free society. It was developed for the Journalism Foundation by Charlie Burgess and City's deputy head of journalism Lis Howell, in consultation with Tunisian organisations such as the Syndicat National des Journalistes Tunisiens. The week-long course in February was the first held in Tunisia since last January's revolution. Forty students attended classes on topics including political and economic reporting, and the use of social media as a news source. Since the overthrow of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, journalism has boomed in Tunisia. More than 100 media business licenses have been granted, at least 20 newspapers have been launched, and applications for new television channels have been submitted. Two high commissions have been created to review the press codes that previously fined and imprisoned journalists. Last December the country held the first free elections of the Arab Spring. But with the Islamist An-Nahda Party IMAGE: THE GUARDIAN Evgeny Lebedev speaking to Tunisian prime minister Hamadi Jebali now in coalition, the battle for media freedom is still ongoing. Professor Ivor Gaber, director of the political journalism MA, who lectured on the course, has extensive experience of post-conflict societies. He said: "People think it's easy to establish free, independent journalism. It's not. After years of authoritarianism, it takes a long time to unlearn habits." Participants included journalists who worked under the former regime, as well as bloggers who entered the mainstream during the Arab Spring. "A lot of these people are immensely experienced journalists," said Lis Howell. "It's just that they've gone down a slightly different route." "We talked to them about the shortage of Britons voting in local elections, which was absolutely amazing to them. They thought people should be beating down doors to vote in local elections. They could teach us something about enthusiasm in democracy." The Journalism Foundation, a notfor-profit body supporting "free, fair and independent journalism" around the world, was set up by Simon Kelner, former editor-in-chief of The Independent, and supported by the Lebedev family. The Foundation hopes to set up similar courses in Libya and other Middle Eastern countries. NADIA KHOMAMI Ex-student quits Afghan government job due to corruption A FORMER student has told XCity how widespread corruption and nepotism drove him out of his job in the Afghanistan government. Fahim Malyar (international, 2011) worked for the Afghan Government Information Service (AGIS), as the aide to President Hamid Karzai's spokesperson Waheed Omer. He resigned at the end of last year. "Most of the key government positions are filled by people who have support from warlords," Malyar said. "An increasing number of people are appointed based on their own ties with officials." Malyar worked for AGIS for only three and a half months before the organisation collapsed. The US government, in protest at the scale of corruption, pulled out all of their advisors and cut off support to 8 / XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM have paid a great sacrifice. I hope things the country. "I left because I did not want to be will get better." ZING TSJENG part of the wrongdoing going on in government," Malyar said. "Afghan leaders need to see that this is becoming dangerous for the future of the country. If not, the country will become a sanctuary for international terrorists again." Malyar, who grew up in Kabul, has vivid memories of Taliban rule. As a teenager, he was imprisoned twice: first for cutting his beard and then for buying second-hand electronics. "It was the worst time of my life," he said, "Everyone was filled with fear and sorrow. There was no school for women, no democratic government � even the men had no rights." But Malyar, now a translator, remains optimistic about Afghanistan's future. "Ordinary Afghans Afghan president Hamid Karzai IMAGE: THE GUARDIAN News Bylines page showcases published student work PUBLISHED articles by current City journalism students are being showcased on a new web page set up by the university. The journalism bylines section, created last October, contains more than 250 published stories and is among the five most popular pages on the faculty's website. There was a flurry of activity over the winter holiday work placements, when students promoted their newly published articles using the #citybylines hashtag on Twitter. VG Read students' work at tinyurl.com/citybylines New website takes reporting to streets A NEW hyperlocal website will offer City in November 2009 by students at students the opportunity to practice news Goldsmiths and attracts 54,000 visitors writing in a professional environment. each month. City have chosen a "micro" approach Terry Kirby, lecturer in journalism at to the local news site, under plans Goldsmiths, said: "The great thing for being considered by the journalism the students is they get real experience department. Each student will be given covering stories. They can add to their a single street to cover and will post copy, cuttings and show people that they've photographs, multimedia and graphics done it in a proper environment." on individual news sites. He added: "The site provides a lot of John Rennie, a lecturer on the BA challenges. As teachers we have to keep course, is leading the project. He said: on top of it. During the riots last year we "The student has to build a research site had almost no students around. I wrote and set up a `local newspaper' for the a huge chunk of the riots coverage as it street so that rather than something big, happened on the night myself. Angela we have something tiny, and we can see [Philips, senior lecturer] and I were where the connections lead. basically working as reporters." "It will provide a source of genuine Rennie is keen to avoid such problems stories for the students and get them to at City. He said: "Ideally City would interview people face to face. This will have a paid-for managing editor, as one help them develop their social skills." of the problems of student sites is that Under the outline plans, the site will be they burn brightly in the term time and used by 75 second-year undergraduates disappear in the holidays. We don't want when it starts in September. City to do that." PETE ELLENDER intends to expand the sites so that all MA and BA students contribute. Rennie said the project, provisionally entitled The Streets of London, was "an experiment", but he hoped it would be a success. Other journalism schools across the country already have news websites. The most notable is EastLondonLines, which was launched Each student will be given a street to report on Tutor advises on libel bill A COLLECTION of papers edited by Connie St Louis, director of the science journalism MA, was submitted as evidence to the parliamentary committee drafting the Libel Reform Bill. Reframing Libel includes contributions by leading lawyers, journalists and academics, and addresses the costs and procedures involved in libel law, as well as its impact on freedom of speech. The bill was triggered by the case of Dr Simon Singh, who was sued for libel after he wrote an article with evidence-based research that defended chiropractors who treat children with conditions such as colic and asthma. DWO Queen B gets a makeover THE Queen Boadicea pub on St John Street, formerly known as New Red Lion and The Bull, has changed its name once again, this time to The Blacksmith and The Toffeemaker. The pub, a popular watering hole among students, reopened in February after two months of refurbishment. General manager Matt Rix described the look as "classical retro with modern touches, as well as an emphasis on British tradition". DWY Interactive MA bolsters job prospects CITY'S interactive journalism course has already helped students get data stories published and boosted their employability, says its course director. The interactive MA, which includes core modules from postgraduate courses, teaches students how data and communities work, and ensures that students are able to work effectively with programmers and web developers. Course director Jonathan Hewett said: "There's a definite demand in the industry for people who have a solid journalism background with the added skills of being able to find, analyse, interpret and present data properly." Notable City graduates already working in the field include The Times's communities editor Ben Whitelaw (newspaper, 2011) and The Guardian's Datablog editor Simon Rogers (newspaper, 1991). REBECCA LLOYD XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 9 DAVID WOODE,VESELA GLADICHEVA, DAISY WYATT IMAGE: THE GUARDIAN News BEATINGS by soldiers, sheltering from mortar fire and working undercover in Syria are just some of the risks endured by City alumni in order to report directly from the Arab Spring. Ramita Navai (broadcast, 2003), Iona Craig (BA journalism, 2010) and Lourdes Garcia-Navarro (international, 2002) have been reporting from the Middle East since the onset of pro-democracy demonstrations in early 2011. Garcia-Navarro, who has been covering the Egypt and Libya revolutions for National Public Radio, said: "The last year has been extremely volatile. I've been attacked by Mubarak thugs in Cairo, under mortar fire in Misrata and watched NATO bombs fall in Tripoli." Navai, a reporter for Channel 4's Unreported World, spent two weeks last October living undercover with members of Syria's opposition movement. She said: "We got trapped in a safe house in one town as the security services and militia raided homes in our street. The activists hid in a tiny cupboard, and told us that if they were caught, they'd be killed. Many of the Syrians who were taken away that day have not been heard of since. "Reporting from conflict zones is neither glamorous nor thrilling � it's dirty, dangerous work. The point of it is to tell other people's stories, to give a voice to those who often don't have one." Speaking the day after The Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin was killed in Homs by Syrian armed forces, Garcia-Navarro said: "As the IMAGE: CHANNEL 4, UNREPORTED WORLD recent deaths of my colleagues in Syria show, journalists and their local support staff are facing more danger than ever. Most conflicts these days have blurry front lines, and most actors in those conflicts rarely respect the media's impartial role." Iona Craig, who reports from Yemen for The Times, has been beaten with a club and sprayed with tear gas by soldiers amidst violent anti- Correspondents brave bullets to cover Arab revolts Ramita Navai, a reporter for Channel 4's Unreported World government uprisings. She said: "Last March colleagues were deported and harrassment and attacks became commonplace � although us foreign journalists came off lightly compared to the Yemeni journalists." According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 21 journalists have been killed in the Middle East since the beginning of the Arab Spring. MONIQUE RIVALLAND Undergraduate course still popular as fees rise to �9,000 According to UCAS, applications for undergraduate journalism courses have fallen by 19% nationally. But City's course still has around six applicants per place, despite entrants now needing three As at A-level to gain a place. Professor Suzanne Franks, course director, said: "We still have a good reputation and receive hundreds of applications. The reputation is evidenced by the fact that our entry requirements are the highest in the country." Staff have also noted an increasing number of students applying to transfer to City from other universities. This comes at a time when, according to the NSS, just 53% of City undergraduate journalism students were satisfied with the overall quality of their course. Professor Franks said City was looking to hire "two new full-time staff, hopefully a third" to provide greater support to students. The department has also encouraged more students to complete the NSS, believing that last year's poor showing did not fairly reflect student satisfaction. This year, 88% of journalism students have given feedback � more than any other department. NATASHA WYNARCZYK AND PETE ELLENDER IMAGE: THE GUARDIAN Places are hotly contested despite fee hike COMPETITION for places on the undergraduate journalism course at City remains fierce, despite the introduction of �9,000 annual fees and the second lowest National Student Survey (NSS) satisfaction rate in the country. 10 / XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM Course leader fights for more women experts in the media As Lis Howell campaigns for more female faces on air, new statistics reveal a significant gender split in graduate media jobs A CAMPAIGN encouraging broadcasters to interview more female experts on air is being led by the deputy head of journalism at City. Lis Howell, who is also the director of broadcasting, has spearheaded the Expert Women campaign with the help of Broadcast magazine. The campaign has drawn up a petition encouraging media outlets to ensure that women make up 30% of all expert interviewees on broadcast media. Howell previously researched the number of women on television and radio news, and found that women were under-represented across the board. Her research also revealed that from 2010 to 2011 there was no improvement in the number of women experts used on television and radio. Howell said she hoped the petition would bring the issue into the industry spotlight. "Even the programmes which have most women interviewees � Daybreak, BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Breakfast � still only have a ratio of four to one and many of their female participants are victims or case studies, not authority figures," she said. She also stressed the 30% was not a quota, but a realistic minimum target for the broadcast media to achieve. The campaign comes in the wake of research by City last year after a study into gender and the press by The Guardian's Kira Cochrane found that just 22.6% of journalists were female. City examined its graduates between News Lis Howell, director of broadcasting at City 2006 and 2008 to find out if a higher proportion of female journalism graduates translated into a higher proportion of female journalists. Results showed that of 406 alumni working in journalism, 63% were female and 37% male. Female graduates were more dominant in regional and international broadcasting, while male graduates outnumbered females in UK national newspapers. To sign the petition, visit http://tinyurl.com/expertwomen DAVID WOODE AND NATASHA WYNARCZYK IMAGE: LING KO XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 11 IMAGE: THE GUARDIAN News First head of City department of journalism Tom Welsh with former student and public services editor of The Guardian, David Brindle The great and the good come together for 35th anniversary LONDON'S media elite gathered at Glaziers Hall in Bankside last September to celebrate the 35th anniversary of City's department of journalism. More than 300 guests including former students, lecturers and academics came to mark the occasion. Speaking at the event, Professor George Brock said: "While our courses continue to adapt to the times, our reputation built over the last 35 years for providing the best journalism degrees in the heart of London is consistent. "However, when it comes down to it, our most powerful marketing asset is our alumni and the influential jobs in the media which they hold." DAVID WOODE Former head of journalism Hugh Stephenson Course director Rosie Waterhouse with former investigative students Students from the 2011 magazine course joined the celebrations 12 / XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM City Hall editor of the Evening Standard, Pippa Crerar, with The Independent on Sunday's editor John Mullin IMAGES: KAREN HATCH Fears for quality of City teaching in push for PhDs CONCERNS have been raised that practice-based teaching in the journalism department could be jeopardised � with all staff being encouraged to undertake PhD research. The fear was expressed as the department pushed ahead with the university's controversial policy of only hiring academic staff with doctorates. Professor Chris Frost, former chair of the Association for Journalism Education, said there were so few journalists with doctorates that it was inevitable staff would be recruited because of their PhD rather than journalism experience. He said: "This could lead to a journalism department that has serious imbalances and an approach that could be out of line with the industry. "Either the vice-chancellor has a leading UK journalism department or he has a journalism department with a research record but a mediocre reputation for journalism." There was no formal consultation with employers or course accrediting bodies about the plans to increase the number of academic staff. Loraine Davies, director of the Periodicals Training Council � the body that accredits the magazine MA said: "We would be very concerned if practitioners were expected to spend so much time pursuing further qualifications that they had to suspend their professional work, maintaining contacts and content of courses." Two new professors have been appointed to the department as part of vice-chancellor Professor Paul Curran's plans to recruit more staff with doctorates. Suzanne Franks, head of undergraduate journalism, and Michael Bromley, head of the international journalism MA, both hold PhDs. Professor George Brock, head of the department of journalism, expects about a third of all staff to undertake scholarly research in the next few years. The former Times managing editor said: "I don't for one moment think that encouraging more research in journalism will harm practice-based teaching." NICOLA MERRIFIELD AND DAISY WYATT News Data investigation into last summer's UK riots CURRENT and former City students helped create a report investigating why riots broke out in major British cities last August. The London School of Economics and The Guardian collaborated to produce Reading the Riots, published in December 2011. Data journalist James Ball (investigative, 2008) was part of the core team, while Christine Ottery (science, 2010) and current student John Burn-Murdoch (interactive, 2012) were data researchers. The report identified poor parenting, political distrust, social networking, and racial tension as key factors in the unrest. DWO �3,000 newspaper bursary A THREE thousand pound bursary will be offered to a student on the newspaper MA, the Guild of St Bride has announced. The Venerable David Meara, rector of the Fleet Street church, made the announcement at the Press Awards on 20 March. He said: "We hope that this bursary will be a practical contribution to encouraging a new generation of committed journalists." NW It's business time: students sharpen entrepreneurial edge on new course AN entrepreneurial course at City plans to link students with rising tech companies to give them a competitive edge in the job market. The entrepreneurial journalism module was introduced this year for all MA pathways. City is one of a handful of universities in the country that teach the subject as a core module. The course teaches students about different business models, how to write business plans and how to pitch their ideas. It also offers them the opportunity to network with entrepreneurs. Students collaborate with their peers from other courses to create a final DAVID WOODE, NATASHA WYNARCZYK, ZING TSJENG, DAISY WYATT New skills for political MA POSTGRADUATES on the political MA course are now being taught broadcast skills. During a 10-week course, students produce a political radio package and a current affairs TV programme, which includes shooting packages, live spots and news bulletins. ZT project that they will pitch to a panel of experts in June. Students have learned how to create successful media start-ups from guest lecturers including Stevie Spring, former chief executive of Future Publishing. Module leader Barbara Rowlands hopes to "refine" the course next year by building links with entrepreneurs from London's East End Silicon Roundabout, Old Street, and is seeking funding so the top pitch can win an award. Rowlands said: "Employers want practical knowledge and this course gives them an entrepreneurial edge." NATASHA WYNARCZYK Financial MA swells in size THE financial journalism MA at City has almost doubled in size following a rise in applicants. Now in its second year, 24 students are enrolled on the programme, compared to just 13 in 2010/11. The Financial Times has funded four places on the course. DWY XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 13 News New book documents risks facing women war reporters A BOOK on safety for women reporting from conflict zones has been published after a City graduate collated the experiences of female war journalists. Helena Williams (newspaper, 2011) collected stories of violence and sexual assault, as well as safety advice, for No Woman's Land, which she co-edited. The book was inspired by last year's attack on CBS reporter Lara Logan in Egypt, which led to the International News Safety Institute (INSI) being inundated with calls from female journalists concerned about safety. After graduation, Williams started as a news assistant at INSI � an association of news organisations, journalist support groups and individuals dedicated to the safety of news media staff. Williams said: "Journalism is often seen as a male-dominated culture. These women are my heroes. They had so many stories to tell. I know some male journalists looked at it and said they had never even thought of these things." Around 180 people attended the book's launch at Thomson Reuters's Canary The panel discuss safety at the launch of No Woman's Land Wharf headquarters in March. A panel of journalists, chaired by BBC presenter Lyse Doucet, discussed the challenges faced by women working for media organisations in conflict zones. CNN's Nima Elbagir said: "The last time I was attacked in the field I felt like I'd failed as a journalist. I found it incredibly difficult to talk to anyone because I felt as if it was a judgement on my professionalism." Hannah Storm, deputy director of INSI, co-edited the book with Williams. Her experience of reporting from the Haiti earthquake as a single mother with a young child informed the project. She said: "I saw journalists struggling to get the story out because of the horrendous situations we were working in." Profits from the book will be reinvested to support female journalists working in conflict zones. POPPY MCPHERSON Obituary: Dr Frederic Hunter THE recipient of City's first PhD in journalism has died at the age of 77. Dr Frederic Hunter, who went on to become a pioneer of British independent broadcasting, completed his PhD in 1984 under the supervision of broadcast historian Lord Asa Briggs and Sir Harold Evans. The title of his thesis was Grub Street and Academia: the Relationship Between Journalism and Education, 1880-1940, with Special Reference to the London University Diploma for Journalism, 1919-1939. Born in Gateshead in 1934, Dr Hunter was the son of a mining engineer and a hairdresser. His academic ability won him a scholarship to Wycliffe College in Gloucestershire and then a place at Cambridge University, where he studied 14 / XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM economics and moral sciences. In 1973, Dr Hunter joined the country's first licensed independent radio station, London Broadcasting Company (LBC), as assistant editor. His passion for radio led him to create the first broadcast journalism course at what was then the London College of Printing in 1977. At the time of his death, Dr Hunter had just finished the final corrections to his book, Hacks and Dons: Teaching at the London University Journalism School, 1919-1939, its Origins, Development and Influence. The book is due to be published this spring. He is survived by Jill, his wife of 53 years, his daughter Joanna, son Kit and grandchildren Caitlin, Ailish, Conall and Jessica. SOPHIA HEATH Dr Frederic Hunter pioneered the UK's first broadcast journalism course Awards The XCity Award 2012 shortlist Zoe Smeaton: praised by judges HIGHLY COMMENDED: Zoe Smeaton (magazine, 2007) Lourdes Garcia-Navarro � winner of the XCity Award 2012 for her investigation for Chemist and Druggist that uncovered over �5m in government payment errors. She was praised for "lifting the lid on a frankly unglamorous topic, using FOIs and a healthy grasp of statistics to expose government errors and subsequent cover-up over NHS payments." Lourdes Garcia-Navarro wins XCity Award 2012 THIS year's XCity Award has been won by Lourdes Garcia-Navarro (international, 1998), a foreign correspondent covering the Middle East for US broadcaster National Public Radio (NPR). Garcia-Navarro has reported on the Arab Spring, which she called "one of the most extraordinary experiences I've ever had as a journalist". The XCity Award is given to a former student who has made an outstanding contribution to journalism in the past year, affecting how news and features are written or distributed. Five other City alumni were shortlisted for the �500 prize. Their work covers a range of specialisms including data journalism, investigative work and online communities. Garcia-Navarro was among the first western reporters to enter Libya after the uprising. She said: "I was the first journalist that many of these people had seen. They were crying and hugging us and just absolutely ecstatic that we were there to tell their story." Reflecting on the deaths of Marie Colvin, Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, she said it had been a "a really painful year for the community who report in the Middle East". The sexual assault on Lara Logan in Tahrir Square highlighted the risks faced by women journalists in the Arab Spring. But Garcia-Navarro said being a female reporter had also opened doors. "You get to go into the back rooms where the women are, you get to talk to them and tell their stories." Garcia-Navarro said she did not think of herself as a war reporter: "We give a voice to people who might otherwise not have it... The fact that we may face danger on the way is incidental." Studying at City influenced GarciaNavarro's career path, she said: "Mixing with so many people from different countries made me realise that I wanted to be a foreign correspondent." Prior to reporting for NPR, she worked for the BBC World Service, Associated Press and Voice of America. She is now based in Jerusalem. Professor George Brock, one of the judges, said: "Lourdes Garcia-Navarro is a wonderful advocate for City... She has an approach to journalism that is courageous, pragmatic and human. And she has been in the midst of some of the biggest events in world news over the last 18 months." DAISY WYATT Ramita Navai (broadcast, 2002) for Undercover Syria, her film for Channel 4's Unreported World series. Navai spent two weeks living with anti-regime activists in some of the most dangerous parts of Syria. Ben Whitelaw (newspaper, 2011) for his work as communities editor at The Times, where worked on the "Cities fit for cycling" campaign. He also co-founded Wannabe Hacks, a website for aspiring journalists. Marianne Bouchart (international, 2011) for her work as a data journalist. In April 2011 she founded the Data Journalism Blog. The site gets 15,000 hits per month from readers in 58 countries. Saeed Kamali Dehghan (international, 2011) for his work as Iran correspondent at The Guardian, where he has covered stories on the country's nuclear threat, elections and human rights abuses. Listen to interviews with the nominees and find out more by visiting our website: www.xcity-magazine.com XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 15 Awards Bryant nets Cudlipp prize for gang culture investigation THE prestigious Hugh Cudlipp Award for student journalism has been won by a recent City graduate for his articles on London gang culture. Ben Bryant (newspaper, 2011) picked up the �1,000 prize at the London College of Communication on 23 January, after his features were published in the Evening Standard in September and November 2011. Lord Cudlipp's widow Jodi presented Bryant with the award during the annual Hugh Cudlipp lecture. His winning features explored the culture of street gangs, and included interviews with ex-gangsters who are now on a mission to save youngsters from a life of crime. Bryant, the third City graduate to win the award in four years, donated money from the prize to south London-based charity Kids Company and mentoring programme Target Against Gangs. He said: "It's a huge honour to receive the Hugh Cudlipp award. He's a titan of journalism and it's humbling to receive a prize in his name. "I liked writing about people whose exposure in the media tends to be muted � or via a police report. I don't think it's a topic I'll be leaving behind." Bryant started putting in calls in March 2011, and spent months chasing IMAGE: TONI KNEVITT Ben Bryant � winner of the 2012 Hugh Cudlipp Award "false leads and dead ends, and missing a lot of sleep." He said he was grateful to the Evening Standard editors and his City tutors for their support. Ann McFerran, senior lecturer on the newspaper MA, said: "Ben is a brilliant news reporter and feature writer. His articles on gang culture demonstrated the colour, detail and strong interviews needed for a great feature. "These articles had a strong news peg, particularly as the riots happened shortly before they were published. This was a much deserved win." Bryant is now a trainee reporter at The Daily Telegraph. DAVID WOODE Trio take over at magazine editors awards CITY alumni scooped three prizes at the British Society of Magazine Editors Awards on 9 November 2011. Ben Preston (newspaper, 1987), who has edited Radio Times since 2009, won Editor of the Year in the Entertainment and Celebrity Magazines category. Rachel Richardson (newspaper, 2002), editor of Fabulous, took home the Fiona Macpherson New Editor of the Year award, while Anna Winston (magazine, 2007) won the prize for Website Editor of the Year for her work at BDonline. MR 16 / XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM Starkey's war reports claim Kurt Schork honours JEROME Starkey (newspaper, 1994) won the 2011 Kurt Schork Award in the freelance category for his reports from Libya and Afghanistan. The awards, held in London in November, honour journalists who cover foreign news. Starkey, a former Sun reporter and stringer for The Times, won the prize for two reports from Afghanistan and one from Libya, which were published in The Times and The Scotsman. The judges said Starkey had "clearly taken high risks to get his stories". NW Pensions reporter strikes gold at financial awards MARK Cobley (newspaper, 2005) has picked up two awards for his work on the Financial News website. Cobley won News Journalist of the Year at the State Street Awards, and Trade Journalist of the Year at the Investment Management Association Awards. After a brief spell at Bloomberg News, Cobley joined Financial News as a graduate trainee and is now pensions editor. He has twice won State Street's Pensions Journalist of the Year award, in 2009 and 2010. ER MONIQUE RIVELLAND, NATASHA WYNARCZYK, EDWARD RANDELL Awards Jenni Russell claims Orwell Prize for political columns JENNI Russell (radio, 1985) won the Orwell Prize for Journalism in May 2011. Her selection of writing included columns on Gordon Brown's temper and taxing people with free university degrees, published in The Sunday Times and The Guardian. The judges said: "Her empathy for the world beyond Westminster gives her writing an extra dimension often lacking in political insiders. There is an overriding humanity to her work, whether she is covering the death throes of the last Labour government or the birth pangs of the Coalition." NW Commendable alumni effort is praised at British Press Awards AMELIA Gentleman (newspaper, 1996) and Ian Birrell (newspaper, 1985) were both recognised at the British Press Awards in March 2012. Gentleman, a social affairs reporter at The Guardian, was highly commended in the Specialist Journalist of the Year category while freelance writer Birrell, was highly commended in the Foreign Reporter category. Sarah Nathan (newspaper, 1985), Jane Fryer (newspaper, 2003), Rupert Neate (newspaper, 2007) and George Arbuthnott (investigative, 2009) were also nominated. NW Orwell Prize-winner Jenni Russell Magazine graduates sweep up plaudits at PTC Awards RAKESH Ramchurn (magazine, 2011) was named the Periodicals Training Council's Most Promising Student at the PTC New Talent Awards in February. It was the fourth year in a row that a City student has claimed the prize. Nick Johnstone (magazine, 2009) won two awards for his work on Property Week � New Business Features Journalist and the overall Grand Prix title. Chemist and Druggist's Zoe Smeaton (magazine, 2007) won New Section Editor of the Year. The news editor was also nominated for the Paul Foot Award for campaigning journalism. HL Four broadcast award victories CITY students scooped awards across four categories in the Broadcast Journalism Training Council's Student Awards 2010, announced last October. Sophie Clayton-Payne, Rebecca Hayman, Ruairidh Villar, Kelly Kerruish and Faaiza Ahmed (TV, 2010) were awarded first place in the TV Documentary category for Khat: Britain's Silent High. The film focused on the impact of legal drug Khat on Somali communities in Britain. First prize for Short Radio went to Steffan Messenger (broadcast, 2010) while Caitlin Kennedy and Basmah Fahim (broadcast, 2010) won in the Long TV category. NM Rakesh Ramchurn (middle): PTC's Most Promising Student Iran protest documentary gains international honours A FILM about the life of an Iranian protester has landed a City alumnus a prestigious Peabody Award. Saeed Kamali Dehghan (international, 2011) won the award in May 2011 for the HBO documentary For Neda, which he coproduced. The film tells the story of Neda Agha-Soltan, who was killed during the 2009 Iranian election protests. The film also won the TV Feature/Documentary prize at the Foreign Press Association Media Awards 2010. The Peabodys, presented by the University of Georgia in the US, are the world's oldest electronic media awards, and among the most competitive prizes in broadcasting. NW NATASHA WYNARCZYK, HELEN LAWSON, NICOLA MERRIFIELD, VESELA GLADICHEVA Data ace Rogers `head and shoulders above' the rest Saeed Kamili Dehghan: Peabody Award winner 2011 THE Guardian's Datablog, edited by Simon Rogers (newspaper, 1991), picked up the prize for Best Use of New Media at the Newspaper Awards last May. Judges said the site was "head and shoulders above the competition". VG Noble prizes for science writer SHAONI Bhattacharya (periodical, 1999) was heralded at the Association of British Science Writers Awards last July. She won Best News Item for "Tracking the rhino killers" and Best Feature for "Murder in the bat cave". Both pieces were published in New Scientist. VG XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 17 Simon Rogers (middle): recognised for work on The Guardian datablog Events Ignore contempt laws at your peril, Attorney General warns THE Attorney General, Dominic Grieve QC MP, warned in a lecture hosted by City that journalists were increasingly flouting the laws of contempt of court. Speaking in December 2011, Grieve said that journalists too often ignored their responsibilities when reporting on criminal proceedings. Referring to the media's vilification of Chris Jefferies, the former landlord of murdered landscape architect Joanna Yeates, the Attorney General said: "At times it seems to me the press had lost any sense of internal constraint and felt able, indeed entitled, to print what they wished, shielded by the mantra right of freedom of expression." Grieve, appointed by David Cameron in May 2010, also warned journalists and MPs against using parliamentary privilege to defy privacy injunctions. He said: "It is still an open question as to whether something said in Parliament in breach of a court order may be repeated in the press." The Government's chief legal adviser also said the internet was not exempt from contempt or libel laws. VEsELA GLADICHEVA IMAGE: LINDA NYLIND FOR THE GuARDIAN Dominic Grieve: "The press lost any sense of internal constraint" Report recommends powerful multi-platform press regulator A NEW report on the future of the British media was discussed at City in a joint seminar with the Carnegie UK Trust in March 2012. The Carnegie-sponsored report, Better Journalism in the Digital Age, calls for "a new culture of integrity and transparency within the media". It recommends a new, independent press regulator to cover broadcast, print and online news outlets, with the power to impose financial penalties. The seminar was chaired by Professor George Brock, City's head of journalism. Panellists included the report's author Blair Jenkins, NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet, and City lecturers Lis Howell and Stewart Purvis. NK 18 / XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM PTC launches inaugural magazine masterclass MORE than 120 students from 11 universities met at City for the first Magazine Academy Live! event in March 2012, organised by the Periodicals Training Council (PTC). The day-long event, presented by a string of editors and publishers, offered a masterclass on the challenges faced by the publishing industry today. Speakers included Gill Hudson, editor of Reader's Digest; Tim Danton, editorial director at Dennis Technology; Hugh Sleight, group editor of FourFourTwo and Stuff; and Neil Robinson, digital director at IPC Media. The day concluded with a features pitching exercise judged by Phil Hilton, editorial director at Shortlist Media. PE Time for new media approach to Pakistan, says panel YOUNG journalists must play a role in challenging stereotypes when reporting on Pakistani communities, said a panel at City last November. "Pakistan in the Media: Changing the Narrative, bringing in New Voices and Talent" was led by former visiting professor Ziauddin Sardar. Mobeen Azhar, assistant current affairs producer at the BBC, stressed the need for public service broadcasters to produce programmes with crosscultural references for Pakistani and British families, while Nayha Kalia, editor of online magazine The Samosa, called on the UK's media to take "a more rounded view" encompassing women's rights and community projects. NM NADIA KHOMAMI, PETE ELLENDER, NIKKI MERRIFIELD Events IMAGE: KIRsTY WIGGLEsWORTH / AFP / GETTY IMAGEs Film series showcases new generation of homegrown journalists in Africa EMPOWERING African journalists to report on their own countries was the focus of an event celebrating investigative journalism at City last November. It included a screening of Africa Investigates, a series of films by Insight News and Al Jazeera English, which gives African journalists the support they need to tell their own stories. African journalist and panel member Sorious Samura said: "Western journalists have failed to cover Africa because of political correctness. We want to report stories in Africa without holding back." DWy Julian Assange spoke about the global surveillance industry Heather Brooke: journalism has `forgotten its core function' MODERN journalism has become "morally bankrupt", according to the journalist who uncovered the MPs expenses scandal. At a lecture on civic journalism last October, Heather Brooke, author of The Revolution will be Digitised, said that journalism had "forgotten its heart, its core function, which is serving the public", in favour of promoting business and products. NW Assange unveils secrets of smartphone snooping WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange announced the publication of 287 secret documents on the organisation's website during a press conference held at City in December 2011. The Spy Files project details the global surveillance industry, which Assange said had boomed since 9/11. He revealed how intelligence companies sold mass surveillance devices for smartphones and Gmail, allowing police and military authorities to track users' movements and intercept their emails. He also warned the audience they were "screwed" if they used these products. RICHARD MARTIN DAIsY WYATT, NATAsHA WYNARCZYK, POPPY MCPHERsON, EDWARD RANDELL, DAVID WOODE The truth revealed about Express split from PCC RICHARD Desmond's Express Newspapers backed out of the Press Complaints Commission because they felt vilified over their coverage of the Madeleine McCann story, the group's editorial director revealed at a seminar at City in November 2011. Paul Ashford was speaking at "Media regulation � new ideas", which was coorganised by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ). The seminar began with an address by Lara Fielden, who introduced her new RISJ report, Regulating for trust in journalism, which argues for a new coordinated form of regulation across all media platforms. PM Khanfar describes government crackdown on media in Egypt WADAH Khanfar gave the 2011 James Cameron Memorial Lecture at City, entitled "Journalism and a world in transition", last October. The former director-general of Al Jazeera described how the network overcame an attempted blackout to cover the Egyptian revolution. Khanfar, now president of think tank The Sharq Forum, condemned the media's tendency to listen to political authorities instead of the "collective conscience". He called for a coalition of journalists and activists to "break the wall of silence that certain governments and centres of influence [endeavour] to impose on sources of information". ER Former chair defends PCC in face of hacking criticism THE former chair of the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) defended the watchdog in the wake of the phone hacking scandal, in a guest lecture at City last October. In her lecture, titled "Changing times and changing media regulation", Baroness Buscombe recognised the need to strengthen the PCC's powers. She stressed the importance of press freedom, but said editors and proprietors should take greater responsibility for wrongdoing. She added that the PCC should not duplicate police investigations into criminal activity. The PCC has since announced it will be replaced by a new regulator. DWO XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 19 News analysis ith class and race high on the news agenda, the drive to improve the demographics of the UK's newsrooms has once again become a major discussion point. But as queues of wannabe hacks apply for coveted MA courses, are droves of promising but hard-up young journalists being ignored? It used to be that to become a journalist, you would leave school and cut your teeth on a local newspaper. After a spell vox popping "outraged" locals, exposing council corruption and attending community events, you would buy a one-way ticket to London and start a new life working on a national newspaper. How times have changed. With scores of local papers closing or shedding their news teams, today's fledgling journalists either face months of unpaid work placements or have to fork out thousands of pounds for postgraduate courses in the hope of picking up a junior reporter role. Where entry to the industry was once based on merit, it seems that a degree certificate and the size of your parents' wallet are becoming increasingly important when trying to get your foot in the newsroom door. It's no secret that the UK's top journalism schools act as springboards into the national press, but do rookie reporters from wealthy backgrounds, armed with degrees from the country's leading universities, have an advantage securing a place at journalism school? Data released by City University London has revealed that between 2007 and 2012 most students enrolled on journalism MA courses (excluding the international MA) attended a Russell Group institution. The Russell Group is comprised of 24 public research-based universities. It includes many of the UK's leading higher education institutions like Warwick, Bristol and Leeds as well as Oxford and Cambridge. Of the 989 students for whom data 20 / XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM W A closed door for the poor As the path to newsrooms becomes ever more costly the industry risks becoming an elite club argue David Woode and Natasha Wynarczyk was supplied, 713 were educated at a Russell Group university. This represents 72% of all City journalism graduates. The tally does not include 85 who attended higher education institutions outside the UK, and seven who were unknown. Oxbridge made up the top two universities previously attended by City MA students, making up 22% of graduates in the last five years. In 2006, The Sutton Trust, an educational charity which aims to improve social mobility, produced a report on the educational backgrounds of the country's leading journalists. Findings revealed that 81% of those prominent journalists had a first degree, and over half were educated at either Oxford or Cambridge. Dr Lee Elliot Major, director of research and policy at The Sutton Trust, said the trust was alarmed that XCity's findings showed no improvement in access. "We remain deeply concerned that journalism is in danger of becoming a profession increasingly dominated by a privileged elite that is highly unrepresentative of society as a whole," said Dr Major. "We believe that media organisations need to do much more to attract talent from all backgrounds," he added. Joe Baden, head of Open Book, a widening participation scheme at Goldsmiths University, believes working class people would be better represented in the media if access to education was fairer. He said: "One of the things that worries me is the portrayal of the working classes in the mass media, especially with the hunt for benefits cheats and programmes like Jeremy Kyle. In the media the salt of the earth have become the scum of the earth. "There would certainly be a more understanding approach if we lived in a world where editors weren't from Oxbridge. We need a fairer education system to combat this." `In the media the salt of the earth have become the scum of the earth' IMAGE: THE GUARDIAN A Yasmin Alibhai-Brown explains why training schemes will never be as effective as positive discrimination frican and Asian people are not congenitally more stupid than the white men who dominate the industry. They certainly want jobs in journalism, so the problem must be the people in power, the gatekeepers. They can't see black nation journalists doing what white men from Oxbridge do. It is good that there are black and Asian news readers on our screens. But an impression has been created � with the kinds of faces that we see on the television, nobody can say that nothing has changed. The big bosses start saying, and believing, "We've done it. Why are you complaining? Isn't there Trevor McDonald?" The situation has definitely improved since I got into journalism. If it hadn't I would have cut my throat by now. When I started racism was overt, especially in the print sector. At least now some editors remind themselves that they must be good and employ a few black and ethnic minority writers. But even those few that do get jobs are rarely allowed to realise their potential. It is always assumed that a black journalist wants to do black stories and that they can't possibly be interested in, for example, Lucian Freud. In an odd way we also feel a sense of obligation � if we don't do those stories, who will? There are very few journalists in the newspaper industry who have the freedom to write about whatever they want. I am lucky, but after 17 years of writing columns I think I'm still the only weekly political columnist of colour on the main comment pages of any British national. That shocks me. Print media is so much worse than broadcast because jobs are very `We are not congenitally more stupid than white men' rarely advertised. There is a problem with word-of-mouth recruitment and nepotism. I cannot tell you how many journalists in the last year have asked me to give their children work experience. Not one of them is black or Asian because they are not there. People often talk about attitude change as a solution, but I don't think editors need to change their attitudes. I don't want anyone to like us, I really don't care about that. They live in a democracy and they can think what they like. It's their behaviour that needs changing. I just want black and Asian people to be given the chance to prove themselves. That's why I really believe in positive discrimination, at least for a set number of years like they did in America. This country gets very exercised when you suggest that we need to change something, but we do. Every big institution should look closely at its workforce � if working class people, disabled people, women or the elderly are underrepresented then the positive discrimination should be for them. Comment `Editors need to wake up and think about what they're missing' IMAGE: THE GUARDIAN It doesn't have to be about race. But without a real push we'll be talking about it for generations. You can't talk and do nothing. Talking has become a wonderful way of doing nothing. It annoys me when I hear young black and Asian people saying "I don't want to be a token". Stop it. Be a token. I was a token. But once you're in there, use your identity and prove yourself. Don't be precious about it. You need to lose pride. I've had a very long struggle in my life to do what I am doing now. Some white men have helped me along the way and I have often had to put my pride aside. It hasn't been easy. By not having a range of independent minded people, all you get is "group think". For example, I can't stand the fact that we are all supposed to think the Queen is wonderful and bow, bow, bow to her. People keep introducing me as "controversial" but what they mean is I don't join the group think. Some media diversity schemes have been quite successful. But in general these schemes say little more than: "We'll train them." There are plenty of bright young people from ethnic minorities who are already good enough. It's not about training them, it's about giving them the job. Editors need to wake up, wake up and think about what they're missing. As told to Monique Rivalland XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 21 The Bureau of Investigative Journalism is a not for profit organisation based at City University London. Funded by The David and Elaine Potter Foundation, the Bureau conducts investigations in the public interest. Vist our website: www.thebureauinvestigates.com Friend us on Facebook: facebook.com/thebureauinvestigates Follow us on Twitter: @TBIJ The Bureau is committed to the training and education of young journalists. City alumni currently at the Bureau include: Alice Ross, journalist Emma Slater, journalist Jack Serle, researcher Jamie Thunder, PhD student Features Quentin Letts Political sketch writer, Daily Mail My worst habits? What is this? An extension of the ruddy Leveson Inquiry? You want me to break down, blubbing, about bias, inaccuracy, sloth and overreliance on rumour? Guilty as charged! I dislike lunch. That's a drawback. But one failing that really shames me is my tendency to use sloppy, extraneous commas. MY WORST HABIT We asked some of Britain's best-known journalists to confess their failings and foibles. The results are in, and they're not pretty � from not taking notes and relying on Wikipedia to recycling old jokes. Compiled by Kate Lloyd and Nicola Merrifield Stewart Purvis Former editor-inchief, ITN Andy Capper Global editor, Vice Assuming that everybody was as obsessive about working long hours as me. During the 1991 Gulf War I once spent five days in the office without leaving the building, sleeping in chairs and on the floor. Only when mouth ulcers developed on the sixth day did it strike me that this was slightly unusual behaviour. Leaving that awkward question unasked. Also, being drunk or on drugs during interviews doesn't usually help. Although if interviewees are on drugs, it can help a wee bit. See pretty much the whole of my career at NME. Elizabeth Pears Senior reporter, The Voice IMAGES: ThE GuArdIAN As well as having an addiction to dashes (come on � who doesn't love a dramatic pause?), I'm guilty of getting too involved with one story. Research is essential, but there's a reason the journalism gods invented the follow-up. The best copy is simple and sticks to the angle. Mary Ann Sieghart Columnist, The Independent Like most journalists, I can't function without a deadline. But I take this to extremes. I simply can't bring myself to start writing until a couple of hours before the deadline. I am in awe of people who can write a piece a day in advance. How do they do it? XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 23 Features IMAGE: ThE GuArdIAN Luke Turner Founder and associate editor, The Quietus Being far too much of an enthusiast, in the vein of a tram-spotter or twitcher, when thinking of things to write about. This is a bad habit developed over 13 years in music journalism, where there are no grey areas, and everything is either worthy of adoration or a violent and mustard-coated shoe pie. The pitching process is always a victim of distraction. Those lucrative ideas for B2B publishers are forgotten in favour of suggestions of on-the-ground coverage of fiery Viking festivals, or obscure railway lines in the North of England. Paul Staines (aka Guido Fawkes) Blogger On the Guido Fawkes blog we do 50 or so stories a week. We bang them out as fast as we can type them and revise them afterwards, so our first draft of history is often in mangled prose. It undermines our authority when the text is riddled with typos. That bugs me when I look back later. Alison Gow Editor, Wales on Sunday and Wales Online It's changed over the years. As a trainee, it was a chronic inability to spell. Eventually, some of the sub editors got together and made me a spellings book, which shamed me into improving. Now, my worst habit is assuming everyone understands what I'm talking about. Phrases like "deeper inlinking" and "open data curation" won't win me many supporters in meetings. Adam Tinworth Content strategist I'm a deadline junkie. It's the magic ingredient that transforms writing from a chore into a rush of pure creative pleasure. Jonathan Munro Deputy editor, ITV News The total failure to leave work at work. It's difficult to see the BlackBerry flashing without reading the incoming emails. Most of them are not at all urgent, but you don't know that until you open them. It drives my family a bit mad. IMAGE: rANkIN James Ashton Head of business, Evening Standard and The Independent I used to struggle to say no to a meeting. I'm more selective now because I have less time, but I always wonder whether I've turned something down that could have been useful. Pip McCormac Commissioning editor, The Sunday Times Style When I became a journalist I imagined a very ordered life: an up-to-date Rolodex, a filing cabinet arranged in alphabetical order, and perhaps a couple of healthy snacks. The reality? A contacts book full of names that have either dropped out or dropped off, piles of press releases and books that threaten to avalanche all over my keyboard, and a drawer stuffed with Berocca, Kit Kats, and a couple of bent paperclips. I wish I was in the habit of tidying up, but who has the time? 24 / XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM Peter Grunert Editor, Lonely Planet magazine One of the challenges as an editor is knowing when your interests aren't quite the same as your reader's. I studied zoology and so constantly have to resist the urge to turn each issue into a procession of peculiar creatures. Kate Reardon Editor, Tatler My worst habit as a journalist is identical to everyone else's worst habit as a student, banker or anyone with or without a job � faffing about on Twitter, Facebook and StumbleUpon when I should be working. Features IMAGE: ChANNEl FIvE Gill Hudson Editor, Reader's Digest Running ahead of myself. I can get really fired up by an idea, rattle it off to the team, and then merrily waltz off to think of my next brilliant idea, leaving everyone else to do the bulk of the work. IMAGE: ThE GuArdIAN Simon Barnes Chief sports writer, The Times Most people think that the great vice of journalism is making stuff up. It's not. It's repeating your own jokes. A pleasant phrase comes to you. Followed by a vague doubt: haven't I said that before? Was it in conversation? Or did I put it in a piece years ago? Or for that matter, the other week? Journos use clich�s when they need a wellworked phrase in a hurry. Even if you do all you can to avoid them, you can find yourself becoming your own clich�. IMAGE: NICk EAGlE Giles Coren Columnist, The Times Never taking notes, never taping anything, never bothering to make phone calls if I can possibly avoid it, and just making everything up because it's so much easier to write unencumbered by facts. Simon Hattenstone Feature writer, The Guardian I'm not subtle at asking questions likely to be regarded with hostility. When I was interviewing Leonardo DiCaprio I said: "Can I be honest with you? I think your early films were great, but the ones that came afterwards were a bag of shite." I ended up getting thrown out of that interview. Mary Anne Hobbs Music journalist and DJ, XFM Combining acute neurosis (mainly over the reliability of floppy disks), Jack Daniels, jet lag, Thai diet pills, chronic posture, Marlboro Reds and oysters with Motley Crue for breakfast... with the irrational fear that I'm not able to quote Dostoevsky as I've only been in education to GCSE level. Luke Peters Editor, T3 David Allsop Features editor, Saga magazine An incurable weakness for puns � especially in headlines. Some recent examples? "The Nice Man Cometh" (an interview with Sir David Attenborough about Frozen Planet), "Bay City Stroller" (a walking guide to San Francisco), and "Where there's a mill..." (a property article about guess what...) My iPhone addiction. Emailing world domination plans to your publisher after kissing your wife goodnight isn't a healthy habit. I should develop an app that switches the thing off after dinner. My long-field vision would probably improve, too. Fraser Nelson Editor, The Spectator Kate Whiting Deputy features editor, Press Association Relying too heavily on Wikipedia. If I'm rushing off to a television set visit, I'll sometimes just print out the Wiki on the actors to read on the train, as well as previous interviews they've done. But as every journo should know, Wiki lies! Not knowing when to stop. God knows how many hours (months?) of my life I could save if I could work dispassionately on columns � rather than agonise, re-read and stay up until 1am turns to 2am in what seems like 10 minutes. I have a theory that you get two types of writers: natural, and constructed. I'm constructed. It's not second nature to me. But spend 50% more time on a piece, and it becomes just 10% better. Why bother? When I grow up, I want to be able to say: that's good enough, time for Borgen now. XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 25 Features COULD A FREEBIE PUT YOU BEHIND BARS? A free holiday or a case of bubbly may lead to jail under new bribery laws. Sophia Heath asks whether this spells the end of press perks T here are many joys of being a journalist: making a difference, knowing the inside story, mixing with famous and fascinating people and of course, free stuff. In the past journalists have been laden with gifts from PRs. Some were extravagant, such as all expenses paid trips to the Maldives, or seats in corporate boxes at Twickenham. Others were more run-of-the-mill, like a tray of cakes from Tesco or, as one farming magazine received recently, a bag of fresh meat. Whatever the gift, for most hacks the freebie has long been an unofficial yet widely acknowledged perk of being a journalist � until now. The combination of recent antibribery laws and a newfound sensitivity over journalistic practices in the wake of the phone hacking scandal means freebies are under attack and there is growing anxiety within some newsrooms. Earlier this year, one national paper's fashion magazine imposed a �200 limit on free gifts. Other publications, including The Times and The Daily Mirror, have warned staff that freebies could be seen as bribes. Some editors believe that accepting gifts in exchange for copy, however IMAGE: KATE LLOYD indirectly, is wrong. John Dale, former editor of Take A Break, believes that when writers are whisked away on free holidays in exchange for editorial space it amounts to "small scale corruption". During his editorship, Dale saw this first hand � he was invited to dinners in swanky London restaurants by Disney, and along with other editors of top magazines was given free entry to the opening of Disneyland Paris. He also spoke against supermarkets such as Asda handing out �30 gift vouchers at press conferences, saying they are essentially giving away money to journalists. Andy Capper, global editor of Vice, says it can be hard for journalists to resist "pushy PRs" offering incentives "to write about somebody who is inherently terrible or boring". He adds: "Free dinners and press trips belong in the 1990s." But could companies and journalists now be straying into illegality? The Bribery Act, introduced in July 2011, defines bribery as giving a financial or other advantage with the intention of tempting the recipient to abuse a position of trust. Either party who gives or receives the bribe can get a maximum 10-year prison sentence and an `Free dinners and press trips belong in the 1990s' unlimited fine. 26 / XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM Though the law is still in its infancy, it could have serious implications for journalists in the future. Media lawyer Ben Whitelock warns that journalists need to be aware that accepting free gifts could be considered a breach of the Act, but notes: "it's going to be difficult to prove from an evidential perspective in a piece of editorial". Editors are clearly taking the threat seriously. At Total Film, where journalists used to receive gifts ranging from replica golden snitches from Harry Potter films to business class flights in order to attend film premieres, all staff have been briefed on the Bribery Act. Yet despite the warnings, the freebie bandwagon still seems to be rolling, with journalists continuing to enjoy the high life. Earlier this year, Ferrari once again laid on a lavish Formula One launch where a select group of journalists partied with the team in Italy. Tom Cary, The Daily Telegraph's F1 correspondent, was not secretive about attending, writing on his blog: "I'm out in Italy on Ferrari's annual media shindig in the Italian Dolomites and the sun is shining." But some think the status quo can't survive the Leveson Inquiry. Roy Greenslade, The Guardian's media commentator, says: "One of the positive things to come out of this whole negative drama is the way we are now looking again at how we operate and the ethical code by which we work." If Greenslade is right, the days of exotic holidays, jaunts to Twickenham and bags full of rump steaks may soon be a distant memory. LAST LAUGH HAVING THE He stole the show at Leveson, his magazine's sales are at a 25-year high � Ian Hislop has plenty of reasons to be cheerful. Edward Randell talks to Fleet Street's odd man out XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 27 Features A t a time when journalists sit somewhere between bankers and traffic wardens in the public's esteem, there is one hack who can apparently do no wrong. As editor of Private Eye, Ian Hislop has long been a scourge of media hypocrisy, but he won the respect of his peers with a barnstorming defence of press freedom at the Leveson Inquiry. On the long-running panel quiz Have I Got News For You, he still draws viewers, laughs, and a handsome wage. And his beloved Eye, which last year celebrated its 50th birthday, is enjoying its strongest sales for decades. The man at the helm of Britain's most subversive magazine is at risk of becoming part of the establishment. How does he do it? There is only one place to go for answers. On a soggy March morning, two days after the clamour of press day, Private Eye's Soho headquarters are eerily hushed. The musty Carlisle Street townhouse has been the Eye's home since it decamped from Greek Street � two streets away � in 1984. Staff grumbled about the move: for all its irreverent energy, the magazine tends to resist change. Its design has barely altered in half a century; its first and second editors, Christopher Booker and Richard Ingrams, still come in every fortnight. No wonder there were mutinous growls when in 1986 Ingrams appointed Hislop, a 25-year-old upstart, as editor. In the front office, I have just settled into a leather chair � once owned by the Eye's late nemesis Robert Maxwell � when there is a thump of feet on the wooden staircase. A small figure in a colourful tie bounds in. "I'm Ian," he beams. "Sorry to keep you waiting." We dash upstairs, into the office Hislop has occupied for 25 years. Today his staff idolise him, but the old guard took some convincing. Two, Nigel Dempster and Peter McKay, were sacked after a failed putsch; others felt 28 / XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM that by hiring "qualified people" Hislop would ruin the magazine's artfully dishevelled aesthetic. But the piles of books around the room suggest the shabby chic is very much intact. A can of shaving foam sits atop a shelf. On the desk, where a computer should be, is a sheaf of the pink paper on which Hislop writes jokes � and angry memos. The jokes were Hislop's entry point into the clubby world of the Eye. He began contributing as an Oxford undergraduate, after interviewing Ingrams for his student magazine Passing Wind. At that meeting, the editor-to-be asked his mentor: "Would you define yourself as a journalist?" So, three decades later, would Hislop define himself as a journalist? "Richard definitely would," he says. "I'm less happy to do so. I'm probably a writer, and I fell into it, which in a sense has been an advantage for me because I really rate journalists. I immediately hired Francis Wheen and Paul Foot and all the best journalists I could find, without thinking `I'm as good as you are'." Hislop is level-headed about the press's vices. He is surprised by the sheer extent of the revelations coming out of the Leveson Inquiry, but not exactly shocked. "We have spent 40 years running two pages called `Street of Shame' � it's not as though we haven't noticed what's happening at the bottom end of journalism. But I think the fact they were at it, all of them � the idea that this was run of the mill is quite surprising." He stresses the fact that many of the practices under scrutiny are already against the law. "You aren't allowed to hack into people's phones. There are limits to intrusion of privacy. You are not allowed to harass people. All these things are illegal and should be prosecuted with some vigour by the police, who didn't do it because they were in bed with News International." In some cases, he adds, dodgy methods can be justified in the public interest � The Sunday Times's FIFA investigation, runner-up for the Eye's Paul Foot Award, relied on blagging. More worrying is the fact that "the tabloid press was pretty much operating under its own rules, and if you disagreed with them they turned you over". Hislop experienced this firsthand when, while feuding with Piers Morgan, the then Daily Mirror editor stationed a photographer outside his home. "It's very instructive for anyone in the business to have a tabloid `doing' you, just to see what that means in terms of personal revenge." When Hislop appeared before Leveson, he was grilled on his decision not to sign up to the ill-fated Press PREVIOUS IMAGE: THE GUARDIAN Features Complaints Commission. He predicts, like most pundits, that the Inquiry will recommend a stronger regulatory body to monitor press practices. Would Private Eye join it? "I have difficulty with that because I feel we end up in front of a judge anyway. You know, at the Leveson Inquiry � I'm standing in front of a judge and a QC and they're saying, `we could have these independent people who wouldn't be from the press who would judge what's happened' and I'm thinking, `yeah � they're called judges'. I haven't been convinced yet." Richard Desmond is the only other major media player to opt out. "That `I had a phone call with Andrew Marr. I said, you shouldn't be doing this' is embarrassing � I admit that," says Hislop. "That is embarrassing." Private Eye is no stranger to the courts: in the early years of his editorship Hislop faced a constant stream of libel writs. But several landmark victories by The Guardian helped change the law in the press's favour. "If you meet a libel barrister they'll tell you they're on their uppers � the glory days have gone," Hislop says. "It's less of a problem for us now, but we write about it a lot because it's hit scientists and peer-reviewed journals. "It's become a genuine worry, in that you can't seem to be rude about anyone's research anymore." In the last year, the magazine's biggest legal bills have come from fighting privacy injunctions taken out by public figures. Andrew Marr and Jeremy Clarkson both eventually dropped theirs, partly due to pressure from Private Eye. Did Hislop get a Christmas card from Andrew Marr? "Er, no. Though he was pretty good about it when he came clean and said `I shouldn't have done this and it's embarrassing that I did'. I had a phone conversation with him during it all, saying you just shouldn't be doing this. It was a two-day story... The whole thing was just silly. "When Clarkson dropped his injunction and said `at least I can look Hislop in the eye', I was quite flattered, because it just means � oh come on, XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 29 IMAGE: THE GUARDIAN Features you know you shouldn't be doing this. You guys are journalists who are out there writing columns and dishing it out, interviewing people who matter." Yet Hislop has always been reluctant to write about celebrities' sex lives, and on becoming editor he took out most of the magazine's "legover" content. "I don't really like gossip," he says. "Sex is involved in some stories, it is the motive, it is how lots of human activity works and I'm happy to write about it. What I didn't want to do was run a column that basically said, `guess whose marriage is failing'. It was all about minor members of the aristocracy, it's now about people on telly who I don't care about. The cast of TOWIE [The Only Way is Essex] � I'd love to care, but I don't. And I'm not sure our readers want that from us." Ah yes, the readers. ABC figures for the second half of 2011 show Private Eye's fortnightly circulation at 228,112 � its highest since 1986. Though he scoffs at the notion of market research, Hislop says that Eye readers need to be literate, well-informed and "in some way questioning of what's going on". He has little time for readers who don't see the funny side. "When I was younger I used to actually cancel people's subscriptions, pay the money and tell them: `Sorry, you can't read the mag any more.' I'm not quite that mad now." The magazine's robust sales defy the received wisdom that print is dying. "I don't believe that," Hislop says firmly. "And I don't want to believe it. I feel that sort of pessimism is part of why it's dying. "I may be wrong, I know we're only a small magazine, but the decision we made early on was that this stuff costs, and if you want really good journalism and beautifully drawn cartoons and people who are genuinely funny, you've got to pay them. And I'm not giving it to you for free. Any of it. Or as little as humanly possible." Private Eye's website remains minimal, and Hislop scorns the "ripoff" of free journalism. "That probably XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM IMAGES: THE GUARDIAN `Paul Merton is on record saying I am a stuffed-shirt twit' makes me seem like a ridiculous capitalist figure who's driven by greed, but I just want to pay everyone here." The mention of chequebooks brings us neatly to Have I Got News For You. Before his ignominious exit from the show, Angus Deayton reportedly used to command �50,000 per episode. Is that what Hislop is on? "It's not what I'm on. Looked good though! I mean, we are extremely well paid after 21 years of doing the show. But then we fill Friday evenings for them, and then Saturday, and then a repeat and whatever. So I don't feel guilty about it." He is friendly with his sparring partner Paul Merton, although they don't socialise between series. "And he is on record as thinking I am a stuffed-shirt twit. There is a certain element of class war which keeps the programme going." Hislop is perfectly happy to play the toff to Merton's oik. Educated at Ardingly College and then Oxford, he is a churchgoing Anglican and a small"c" conservative fond of the trappings of Middle England. He admires the Victorians for their "combination of what I think is a genuine moral purpose with a sort of madness", and argues, as he points to Swift and Byron, that satire need not be politically radical: "There's always a slight disappointment when you do an interview with young people and they think satirists are members of the Socialist Workers' Party from 1968." 30 / Features Nonetheless, he bristles slightly at the charge that Private Eye is run by public schoolboys. "I usually say that I refuse to employ anyone here who didn't go to a good school," he quips. "No, there are loads of public schoolboys here � that's absolutely true." Hislop mentions Nick Newman (his contemporary at Ardingly), Craig Brown (Eton) and Francis Wheen (Harrow). "The fact is, they are brilliant writers and journalists and I don't feel embarrassed by that. But Jane Mackenzie, as you can gather from her name, is not a public schoolboy, nor is Heather Mills � so, yes, we do have women here, and lots of them went to state schools, and there are other people here who did. "People have been saying to me most of my life, that's public school humour, or that's sixth form humour, or fifth form humour, and alright, yes, it probably is." He pauses. "Undergraduate humour, if they're feeling generous." There is certainly something of the schoolboy about his gleeful ruffling of politicians' feathers. Tony Blair's consistent irritation with the magazine was "very pleasing � that's what you want to hear". Conversely, it was "disappointing" when MPs lined up to praise the Eye on its 50th birthday. Hislop criticises the current generation of politicians for their lack of experience outside the Westminster bubble: "You watch Miliband, Clegg and Cameron standing next to each other and they're more or less the same guy. They're a sort of well educated, managerial section." But he praises the work of Conservative MP David Davis and Lib Dem junior transport minister Norman Baker. Is he a cynic? "No, I've always denied that. I'm a sceptic. Cynics think everything is pointless � I don't. I believe in targeting, and I think that's the other thing that you're rewarded for by your readers." It is the fear of losing readers' trust `I can get quite stroppy. I don't like getting stuff wrong' that motivates the furious pink memos he sends to staff. When did he last lose his temper? "Probably the last issue." Is it a regular occurrence? "I can get quite stroppy. I don't like getting stuff wrong, and I don't like the journalists getting stuff wrong, so I do get a bit shirty if I think, `oh, shit.' I don't like the idea that someone can write in and say: `You don't do any work, you haven't checked anything.' It's partly vanity, I know." There have been missteps. The Eye supported Dr Andrew Wakefield's discredited research linking the MMR vaccine to autism, which Hislop acknowledges "wasn't our finest hour". He also regrets fighting a court case about abuse at Bryn Estyn boys' home in Wales: "One of our witnesses killed himself after the case, because he thought no one had believed him, and it was utterly horrible and humourless and, ah, just grim... So, yeah, I've been doing the job for 25 years and I've got stuff wrong, and there are things that were a bit ghastly. "But, you know, it isn't academia. Journalism is sort of messy... We'd all like to imagine it's a world of writing high-minded editorials and advising the cabinet, but some of it is messier than that." For all his self-deprecation, there is no doubt that Hislop is fiercely proud of Private Eye's achievements. The phone rings: he is late for a TV interview. He grabs his overcoat and we hurry downstairs, pausing by a wall of fallen Eye heroes: Foot, Willie Rushton, Peter Cook. "That's who you've got looking over your shoulder," he says. And with that, he darts off into the streets of Soho. Additional reporting by Rebecca Lloyd XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 31 IMAGES: PRIVATE EYE THE When Alex Crawford rode into Tripoli with the rebels in August 2011, millions tuned in, including Cameron and Obama. But how did Sky get the exclusive? Poppy McPherson and Richard Martin talk to the team who broke the news Alex Crawford Presenter STORYTHE BEHIND SCOOP IMAGE: SKY I WAS on the phone to the offices at Sky and the presenter just kept on asking: "Are you sure?" When we finally put down the phone I said to Andy [Marsh, producer]: "We've got to get these pictures because they don't believe it." I thought we'd have to stop and set up on the side of the road. But then we'd leave our lift and we weren't yet at Green Square [in Tripoli]. So Andy said: "Why don't we try doing it on the back of the truck?" It was so simple but it takes that completely outside-the-box feeling. If anyone had voiced any doubt or been scared then we would have pulled it. We were thinking, breathing, operating simultaneously as one. We didn't have to talk much. Much of the time we were focusing on the practicalities � getting it up and running, getting a signal. For me, that was continuing to talk to the camera, managing to balance on the back of a pick-up truck. All these people started coming out of their houses, hugging us, slapping the soldiers on the back and throwing gifts into the truck. When we were going into Green Square, Garwen got off to take some pictures on the ground. Then something happened at the head of the convoy. People were running and being knocked over by other runners and knocked over by cars. Everyone started reversing. We pulled Garwen on at the last minute, and the truck absolutely legged it out of there. We were hanging onto the back of the truck � it was careering at a rate of knots. We didn't know then but we know now that there was a rump of Gaddafi forces, including Gaddafi himself, in a compound a mile or so away probably watching all this on their satellite television. Andy Marsh Producer YOU make your own luck. We went back on the road that evening to see what was going on and found ourselves in a position to capitalise. We came across dozens of vehicles all parked up, lights on, engines running. It was obvious that they were getting ready to try and drive into Tripoli. I found a pick-up truck with four guys in the back with AK-47s. One of them had gone to Bournemouth University so he spoke very good English and we jumped in. Eventually this convoy started moving. There was lots of gunfire from the people we were with. I decided to try and find a satellite signal on my laptop and managed to get one. Nobody's ever used a BGAN [satellite dish] on the move before. I had to keep moving the dish as we were going along. It's pretty tiring work, especially when you're kneeling in the back of a truck and holding onto everything so it doesn't fall off. There were wires going into the truck � it was plugged into the 12-bolt cigarette charger to keep it powered. It was an extraordinary situation. The guys on the truck turned around and said: "We don't know what's ahead, this is going to be quite hairy � do you want to continue or get out?" But by this point we were so far in. We didn't really have anything with us. I was the only one with a toothbrush in my bag. No food, no water, nothing, but we just kept going. There was no extraction plan, no back-up. It was the right people in the right place and, fortunately, at the right time. Garwen McLuckie Cameraman I DIDN'T think we would pull it off. We were using an Apple MacBook Pro and a mobile satellite device which normally only enables you to move slowly, but we were moving really quickly. Andy managed to get a bearing of where the satellite was and where the signal strength was best. As we were moving, he slowly tracked the satellite on the roof of the jeep while we were going live. There isn't any technology that allows you to do that, but he managed it. It was miraculous � keeping those signals locked onto the satellite and transmitting live was unheard of. It gave us the edge on the story. I later gave him a huge kiss on the cheek to congratulate him. I used a mini Panasonic P2 Camera, which was lightweight. It was small enough to hold while dodging sniper fire and running between houses. When we arrived in Green Square in Tripoli all the rebels came and congregated in the middle of the square, firing anti-aircraft guns and AK-47s into the air. I'll never forget the noise � I could feel it in my teeth. We thought it was job done, but then we were in the hospital witnessing the most horrific things I've ever seen. There were people with missing body parts, people with bullets in their heads, people screaming and crying. Sometimes it's easy to hide behind the viewfinder and disassociate yourself, but this was just overwhelming. How it worked THE PRODUCER tracked the satellite signal with a laptop-shaped satellite dish. To keep the signal he had to angle the dish to follow the satellite in the sky. The team plugged a hand-held camera into their MacBook Pro, which used in-built software to convert the images into a form that could be broadcast. It was only because the road to Tripoli was straight that the team were able to keep broadcasting. XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 33 Features THIS CHARMING MAG Independent magazines have become a popular alternative to big publications. Nadia Khomami and David Woode inspect four perfect bound beauties undits agree that the magazine industry is moving into an age of digital publishing. The rise of tablets, smartphones and social media has provided easy-access information that has undercut traditional revenue streams. Big consumer titles are shedding readers by the bucket load, and the industry's unofficial motto appears to be "print is dead". There is, however, a silver lining to this cloud � the rise of new, niche independent magazines. These print products are not just about information. They are filled with beautiful designs, and approach features and fashion in a unique and refreshing way. Whether they are printed on recycled stock, use natural inks or employ beautiful effects such as foil blocking, they are something readers want to keep. They become collectible, desirable objects, living P 34 / XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM Features Delayed Gratification �12 Cover and spread from Huck off a community of loyal readers. "If you're going to start a magazine, you're going to spend an awful amount of time, energy, and money," says Steve Watson, founder of independent magazine subscription service Stack. "Really, your only reward is the pleasure of seeing this creative vision that starts in your mind, and the minds of your friends, becoming a reality. "You've got to be passionate, motivated and make something people want to read." It is this purity of motivation that underpins independent publications and produces magazines of such chic beauty and quirky originality, that keeps them propped up on shelves in bedrooms and living rooms long after other mainstream titles have been consigned to the bin. IN a society where the sheer mass of minute-by-minute news media can become overwhelming, there is a growing interest in retrospective journalism. Launched in January 2011 by Marcus Webb and Rob Orchard, Delayed Gratification is a quarterly current affairs publication from The Slow Journalism Company that "measures news in months, not minutes". Each issue provides new angles on the past three months' political, cultural, scientific and sporting stories, using a combination of essays, reportage and infographics. "Returning to stories after the dust has settled is an interesting service," says editor Orchard. "In a world of increasingly fast media, it's really valuable to have a magazine that draws a line in the sand... The people we're talking to give their considered opinion rather than their first immediate reaction." In one recent issue, a writer revisited the Norwegian Island Ut�ya after Anders Behring Breivik's massacre, talking to the devout liberals who there. It combined beautiful photography of the area with original, insightful interviews and narrative. Elsewhere in the issue there were features on rock and roll, the English summer riots, and whether 2014's FIFA World Cup could save Haiti. The magazine prides itself on presenting long form journalism in an attractive, palatable style. "It is very difficult to have a mass market publication that is all about slow, considered journalism," admits Orchard. "Graphics are a good way of taking a huge amount of data and drawing a story out of it." Infographics feature heavily in the magazine, with each issue's contents page turned into a map of events that occurred in the past quarter, rated by both seriousness and length. Delayed Gratification isn't too concerned with digital expansion. Orchard believes people have very different relationships with free digital media and print media. "In the same way some people who have iPods also like to have a record player, you have people who are heavily into digital media but like having the balance," he says. "We want people to enjoy the printed product. We want them to have something in their home that looks good, feels good, and smells good." Although Orchard is confident that there will always be a readership willing to pay for high-quality print, he says titles such as Delayed Gratification are driven by love, not money. "They could never be set up by people who are motivated by the commercial side. None of us are employees - we're all owners as well as producers." NK cir pr ice at cu l i o 5k n XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 35 Features Oh Comely pr pr Port cir ice �6 75k at cu l i o ACCORDING to Dan Crowe, the editor of Port, his magazine is the link between mainstream monthlies and niche fashion titles, which Crowe likens to "business" magazines. "Look at any of the big consumer titles and they make you feel as if you're not tall enough, or not skinny enough. They sell you a lifestyle that in the real world doesn't exist," says Crowe. "They're like business magazines, they're not bought outside the industry. But at Port, we're trying to be as normal as possible." Port makes room for all ages, sizes and looks, and its second issue featured a photo shoot with a 73-yearold architect. "We dressed him up in Prada and the response we got was amazing. People were like, "Wow, why doesn't this happen more?" says Crowe. "You wouldn't see this type of thing in other magazines because everyone's obsessed with age and being the right weight. We just don't care about that at all." It is this appreciation of normality that has attracted a large following among men who crave more than just layers of celebrity, style and sex in a magazine. When Port was launched as a quarterly title in March 2011, 36 / XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM it set out to recapture the attitude of magazines during the 1960s and align it with engaging essays, long-form features, clean aesthetics, striking photography and strong typography. "Mass media magazines started to collapse in terms of copy sales and quality about 15 years ago but there's always been an interest in longer, quality content," says Crowe. "The US edition of Esquire in the 1960s would shock you every time � the covers, the content, it would blow you away. This doesn't happen in a lot of magazines any more." The magazine, which is sold internationally, has just celebrated its first birthday and issue five is currently on sale. Crowe believes the growing success of independent magazines like Port is underpinned by people's love for magazines and their need for "things". "People love having a magazine they can pick up and flick through," he says. "We still like things. We stare at screens all day, so having a beautiful object is still valued as it was 50 years ago." DWO `Magazines, at their best, feel like a home' YOU'LL find it on newsstands nestled between iconic titles such as Vogue and Elle, but inside, you won't find collages of the "worst bums and tums" or "who wore it best" articles. Instead, the pages of women's lifestyle magazine Oh Comely are filled with interesting interpretations of mainstream ideas � ones that are consciously different to the consumerist culture of the big glossies. Oh Comely was born after editorin-chief and co-founder Liz Bennett noticed that none of the mainstream women's magazines created a sense of community among their readers. "Magazines, at their best, feel like a home. They fit into your life, they give you a sense of community and there's something very comfortable about the way you engage with them," she says. "At that time, there were no women's magazines that I felt that way about." Oh Comely launched in the summer of 2010. It is published six times a year, and sold across the UK and internationally. The magazine encourages its readers to "keep your curiosity sacred", and through its articles about quirky experiences and creative indulgences, Oh Comely is intimate, yet inviting. cir ice �4 15k at cu l i o n n Features Huck The magazine's design is characterised by the use of clean lines, creative white space, and imaginative illustrations. Its fashion stories with ethereal models create nostalgic, dream-like images reminiscent of vintage photography. While some independent publishers say it is difficult to secure distribution for new magazines, Oh Comely went directly to a major stockist. "Independent magazines tend to be stocked in a few niche magazine shops," Bennett says. "There's this distribution wilderness in the middle, which is hard if you want to sell more than a couple thousand copies... We were lucky because we talked to WH Smith before the launch, who agreed to take the title on straight away." Bennett believes the magazine's success is down to its community and their need for information. "People are always complaining that the internet is killing print, but it's actually enabling much smaller titles to get a name and get a following," she says. "There's a major move to democratise magazines from the hands of the big publishers. These days you can launch a magazine off the back of a popular blog and have an instant readership. " DWO �4.25 15k cir REPORTING on social issues through the lens of boardsports isn't the most obvious idea for a new magazine, but Huck has done just that, with astounding success. The bi-monthly lifestyle magazine, which launched in 2006, combines pages of quality journalism with breathtaking documentary photography to capture youth culture around the world. Published by London-based creative agency The Church of London, the magazine has gained a strong cult following, and is now published in both English and French. And like the growing number of independent magazines, it now exists on the same shelves as titles that come from bigger publishing houses. "We give extra thought to every issue, and make sure there's a reason and a meaning for every single story that goes into the magazine," editor Andrea Kurland says. "Every cover is based around a topic that seeps through the rest of the stories. We want to create a little exhibition of ideas, so you feel like there's a reason why you want to buy each issue." The cover story of one recent issue is an interview with one of the world's best-known street artists, Shepard Fairey, whose work helped the world see Obama as an icon and force for change. The artist discusses why he has become disillusioned with the American president. pr ice at cu l i o n Elsewhere there are pieces on how foundation skate sports are breathing life into America's decaying urban communities, how female rappers are pulling Detroit out of recession blues, and how the Dale Farm evictions pose crucial questions about the ownership of public land. All the features are photo-led, framed with effectively used white space. It is no surprise, then, that Huck won best cover in the Sports and Men's category of the Magazine Cover Awards in 2009, and was also nominated in the category of Best Designed Magazine at the Magazine Design & Journalism Awards 2008. "Because we're an independent title, we have more freedom to create something that follows a certain vision," says Kurland. "It means we can look at each issue as a blank canvas, and it really does raise the game for our bigger competitors. All our images are freshly commissioned. We have a very set aesthetic and very curative list of people we work with. They have the same vision." The readers certainly seem to have taken a shine to Huck � readership is increasing with every issue. "You might hear a lot of doom and gloom in the mainstream media about print being dead," Andrea says, "but we never hear it among the people we work with. And the people we work with are the people making these magazines." NK XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 37 Features Ewan McGregor plays the title character in Roman Polanski's film The Ghost IMAGE: STUDIO CANAL GHOSTWRITERS OUT OF THE SHADOWS Celeb memoirs are big business but the cover stars rarely write the copy. Natasha Wynarczyk, Richard Martin & Rebecca Lloyd meet the real authors name buried deep inside � it wasn't even the first `with thanks' byline." Not getting public credit clearly hurts for some ghosts. "I can imagine it'd be really difficult not having your work acknowledged � you're more of an editor than a writer" says Julie Wheelwright, head of the creative writing non-fiction MA at City University London. "Ghostwriting is very difficult. You need to be a very skilled writer. I can imagine the worst thing for a journalist would be working against your instincts when you're meant to be thriving off controversy." More than the frustration of not having your name prominently displayed, ghostwriters sometimes have to hold their tongues and sit on exclusive material. Matt Dickinson, chief sports correspondent at The Times, who has ghostwritten autobiographies by star footballers, recalls his frustration when Gary Neville cut passages from his book. A t the launch of a celebrity autobiography, the A-lister drones on about how difficult it was to write her book, how many evenings she spent slumped over her laptop, and how traumatic it was to re-live her troubled past. She is met with enthusiastic applause from the press and fellow celebrities. But she didn't write the book. The journalist who did is standing at the back of the room watching the "author" take all the credit. The ghostwriter is the unsung hero of many a blockbuster. Publishers know that celebrity sells, but for every Stephen Fry there are a dozen Katie Prices and David Beckhams. So what are the pros and cons of being a ghostwriter and why are so many journalists willing to park their egos for some extra cash? Autobiographies are a lucrative business for publishers. The industry in the UK is worth over �40m. Stars XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM scheduled to turn over books this year include X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos, singer Billy Ray Cyrus and Sam Faiers of The Only Way Is Essex fame. The tell-tale signs of a ghosted book are the journalist's credit. Some are credited as "written with" on page three, others get their name in tiny letters on the front. The unlucky ones get an acknowledgement just before the prologue, in a "with thanks to" reference to the journo who did all the hard graft. `I wrote 400 pages and had my name buried deep inside' One journalist who wrote a racy novel for a celebrity and entrepreneur recalls: "I must have spoken to her for about two hours in total. I wrote more than 400 pages, got paid �8,000 and had my 38 / Features "There were a few things Gary took out which as a journalist I would have liked to stay in, but from his point of view I can see why he cut them. As a journalist you want as many juicy stories as possible so there was journalistic frustration. I've got some information in my head that may never see the light of day, which is quite tormenting. You have to remember it's their book, not yours." Not everyone agrees. Jordan Paramor has been a showbiz journalist for 18 years and ghostwritten 11 books on behalf of bands like Steps and Blue. She rejects the suggestion that ghosting is little more than glorified PR. "I'm not a news reporter so I don't slag off the celebrities I'm ghosting for. I never wait for them to spill out of nightclubs or report on their private lives to get an exclusive. I feel privileged about being able to write their book." Paramor spent three months on the road with Steps, often spending up to ten hours a day with the band to get to know them. She knew Claire Richards before the band became famous, so she found this "less of a chore, more like hanging out with a lot of friends." Emma Donnan (see below), spent weeks attending personal appearances in nightclubs with her subjects from The Only Way Is Essex. Quality time with a subject helps the journalist find their voice. But not all writers are swept up in red carpet glitz. Kris Hollington is a freelance crime writer who has ghostwritten bestselling books with detective Harry Keeble. His research involves getting to know social workers, victims of crime, police and solicitors who help him write a story that he says comes closer to the truth than a news report. "With a book you can really take your time to get to the heart of the matter and find out the truth," he says. "You've got to find out everything about someone's life; it's very much like a therapy session." known Gary Neville's family for many years and was approached personally by Neville when it came to writing the book. Hollington says he can tell within five minutes of meeting somebody whether he can ghostwrite their book � chemistry is key. But, as chummy as celebrity and ghost might be during the writing process, they ever fall out over payment? Hollington says that although he is happy with his deal, a half-andhalf split with the publisher, others are not so lucky. "There's a general perception that ghostwriters just get a flat fee and no future royalties, but payment depends on the deal you thrash out," he says. "Generally the more famous the person, the worse the deal is for the ghostwriter." Dickinson was given a flat fee for Gary Neville's book but has heard of sums ranging from peanuts to six figures. "The money's not so good that I would do one unless I really felt it would be hugely rewarding and fulfilling professionally � or if it was someone I thought was so fascinating that I'd be an idiot to turn it down," he adds. Despite the potential drawbacks, the draw of a uniquely compelling story or a pay cheque to top up their day job persuades journalist ghostwriters to surrender the byline and stand at the back of the crowd. Emma Donnan, assistant editor at Star magazine, has just finished two autobiographies by The Only Way Is Essex stars: Sam Faiers's autobiography Living Life the Essex Way: TOWIE, and Nanny Pat's East End memoirs I spent a lot of time with Sam, mainly going I've got to know Sam well as she does in the car with her to personal appearances. a column for the magazine. This made it My friends and family said I even started easier for me to find her voice when I was speaking a bit like her! Nanny Pat's been ghosting her book. The book came about really interesting � she's been when we were having a very open, taking me around drink to discuss her future where she used to live. plans and I came up with the The relationship with the idea. Her publisher loved it subject can also help my job and we took it from there. as a journalist. When Sam was Nanny Pat's book came attacked last year Star got about because the publisher the exclusive chat with her and PRs were interested afterwards because of the in her as a subject. Having good relationship I had with a good relationship is paramount to ghostwriting. Donnan (right) with Faiers her, through the column and the book.You have to be quite structured with your routine to write alongside your journalism day job. I gave myself around 10,000 words to write a week, then worked out how to fit it around my lifestyle. You accept that you need to sacrifice your social life for a bit. My friends don't mind that much � they actually get excited. I'd definitely consider ghosting more books. I'd even do a novel on behalf of a celebrity if I thought it would be interesting. I don't have a big ego about it � you know what you're signing up for. Sam's credited me throughout the book and has been open about the fact it's ghostwritten. NW XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 39 IMAGE: BANTAM PRESS E mpathy, inquisitiveness and interviewing skills are paramount to both ghost-writing and reporting, so it's little wonder publishers prefer to hire hacks. Nonfiction publisher Andrew Lownie says that he likes approaching journalists to be part of his "stable" of ghostwriters. "All my ghosts are professional writers. Journalists are used to writing to deadlines, writing vividly and accurately, and can deal with lots of different people." Socialising can also be crucial to finding a contract. "My projects come about through word of mouth generally," Paramor says. "For me it's all about networking � you meet people at parties then they get in touch afterwards." Matt Dickinson had A DAY WITH EVAN DAVIS Millions wake up to his voice, but the man behind the Today microphone remains an enigma. He tells Ben Riley-Smith why Leveson is right, Thought for the Day is outdated and his sexuality is irrelevant 40 / XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM I Features smiles as the minutes tick down towards Today's 6am start. Dressed in black boots, a denim shirt and dark jeans with a silver chain that runs from back pocket to side, Davis rehearses his lines. His hair � what little of it remains � is tufted into a neat quiff. There's not much to suggest he's been up since 3.15am. "The truth is, I turned down the job when they offered it to me," Davis says when asked about the early starts. "I didn't think I would cope with the unsociable hours. But now it's amazing to me that I could have ever thought that moving from BBC economics editor to Today would somehow be It is Davis's failure to do just this that leads to his first reprimand of the day. Asked to close a discussion on the government's legal aid bill, he poses a question which results in a 30second response. "That was just a shit question to ask," barks the producer down the intercom. "I told you to wrap up!" They are now running late. Other problems constantly crop up. Just 20 seconds before their reporter in Moscow goes live on air the line is snatched by a rival broadcast on BBC World News, prompting momentary panic before a recorded item plugs the gap. Later, at the 8.10am interview, an advisor to Putin turns out to have an indecipherable Russian accent. "I don't understand a word," the producer says in exasperation. "He could be a meerkat." An email is sent to Davis carrying a similar message � he almost bursts into laughter mid-broadcast. The final half hour proves even more manic, a mad juggling act of time remaining and content ready to run. Yet, as ever, the nine o'clock pips are hit perfectly. "Ah, we end on a high," the producer sighs. A quick debrief of the show with the full team follows. All agree the Trident debate was a success, Ken Clarke was as sprightly as ever ("one of the half dozen best communicators in the Commons", according to Davis) and Cardinal Keith O'Brien's comparison of gay marriage to slavery was ludicrously illogical. The Cardinal's comments go on to make headlines that day. With Today duties over by 9.30am, we head to the BBC cafeteria. Over a cappuccino and dodgy-looking panini, Davis recalls how he adjusted to his presenting role after joining the show in April 2008. "The biggest difficulty in the job is in trying to inject something that is funny or unscripted," he says. "It's very easy to be gauche, stupid and facile, and it's very easy to be boring. "Thinking back to the very early days there were lots of crass links to the weather man and crass links to the sports man. I got a message from the controller of Radio 4 saying: `You can just throw to the sport guy without some kind of gag. You can just say "here's the sport."' It was totally XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 41 t's 5am at BBC Television Centre. In the corner of an otherwise deserted first-floor newsroom, Evan Davis is writing his Today programme cues. "What do you call Roman Abramovich?" he asks the handful of producers and researchers that make up the show's night team. "The chairman of Chelsea?", he suggests. Someone responds "owner". Davis nods and edits his lines on Chelsea's sacked manager, muttering the new script under his breath. To his right, John Humphrys picks at a bowl of cornflakes and scrutinises an article on Putin's election victory. The sun may still be an hour away from rising, but the scene's quiet intensity is hardly surprising. Professionalism is the hallmark of Today, Radio 4's flagship current affairs programme. Reaching a weekly audience of more than seven million people, the three-hour show is deemed essential listening by the political establishment. It is British broadcasting royalty. The same can increasingly be said of Davis. Since his arrival at the BBC as an economics correspondent in 1993, the Oxford graduate has risen so quickly that he is now teetering on the edge of national treasure status. His time is divided between Today slots and presenter duties for The Bottom Line, leading round-table discussions with business leaders, and the ever popular Dragons' Den. Plus, as with all BBC grandees, there are the obligatory documentaries on big UK cultural issues; his latest offering, Made in Britain, deconstructed the myth of British industrial decline. Yet for a man with such a towering media profile, Davis remains something of an enigma. His cheery, measured delivery lacks Jeremy Paxman's accusatory snarl, or Robert Peston's evident ego. Davis's approach to broadcasting suggests a shyness and privacy that is all too rare in front of the camera. He is more likely to laugh than shout when an interview gets heated � a lighter approach which, he admits later, sometimes gives interviewees an easy ride. In person, the 49-year-old is all Is Davis too soft an interviewer at times? `That's undoubtedly true. That's the risk I run' more unsociable." Gone are the lastminute call-ups to the 10 o'clock news, replaced with fixed shifts that take up no more than 20 hours a week. Providing you adjust to the sleeping arrangements � Davis goes to bed at 8.30pm, using hypnosis tapes to nod off � it's a great gig, he says: "Don't ever feel sorry for Today presenters." At 5.57am, Davis sweeps up his notes along with the day's nationals and heads for the recording studio. Three minutes later, the pips start to sound. "It's six o'clock on Monday 5th March. Good morning. This is Today with Evan Davis and John Humphrys. The headlines..." Sitting in the production studio, which is separated from the recording room by a glass screen, it's clear the show resembles that old swan analogy: as the presenters glide seamlessly from paper roundup to interview to recorded package, backstage legs are furiously kicking. The unseen team � made up of an editor, producer, sound man and two general dogsbodies � are constantly chasing calls, reshuffling the running order and barking directions at the front men in an effort to keep to timings. Features the right thing to do, to rein it back." Today, Davis is approaching his fouryear anniversary on the programme. And yet, with the bedding-in period long passed, there remains criticism from some quarters about his lighter interviewing style. In 2009, Labour's culture secretary Ben Bradshaw branded the show "wholly feeble and biased" after a Davis interview with George Osborne. The point may have been party political, but the allegation that Davis is a weak interrogator spreads wider than Whitehall. So does he let interviewees off the hook more often than other presenters? "I think that's undoubtedly true," he says, with surprising candour. "On occasion, I'm sure that's true. That's the risk I run. But while there is the error of failing to convict people who are guilty, there's the other error of convicting people who are innocent... Very few people think that is a problem that journalists make, but I do." "The interview above all has to be interesting and engaging," Davis continues. "You've got a number of different ways of making it so. You've got the Jeremy Paxman style, which is funny, in a certain way. You've got a forensic Humphrys style... It's not just about getting the information out � it's got to be a good, conversational listen. So I just try and make mine engaging in a different way." By now the panini is long gone, and Davis clings to his coffee cup. He answers questions with a boyish grin, but his responses always contain a tight, sharp logic, honed by decades of unpicking arguments. This is clear from his answer on whether, as an atheist, he thinks prominent religious speakers should be given a daily slot on a current affairs programme. "Well," he says, carefully considering Today's Thought for the Day. "I think there's a very serious debate about whether the spot � which I would keep � might give space to what one might call `serious and spiritually-minded secularists'." Like Richard Dawkins? "Richard Dawkins could be one. There are lots of people who could describe themselves as atheists who might have an interesting 42 / XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM moral perspective on an event of the day. I don't think Thought for the Day necessarily has to only be people of the cloth." Clearly, decades of BBC bureaucracy haven't stunted Davis's capacity for controversy. Flicking through past interview cuttings before our meeting, it is clear which tattoos and piercings he may or may not have (particularly whether it's true that he has a stud in a place that would make most men wince). Have journalists overstepped the mark? "It is a matter of regret that being gay is the most interesting thing about me," he says. "Maybe that's my fault. Maybe fundamentally I'm not interesting enough and so speculating about whatever body piercings I might have makes for better copy. "I have thought very badly of some of the journalists who've written about me," he continues. "I did an interview for the Evening Standard with a very bright guy, Richard Godwin, who asked perfectly sensible questions and a few bits of gay stuff at the end. Then they printed a huge headline about something to do with gay stuff [it read: "I believe people have a right to be bigoted about gays"]. They ran a picture taken two or three years ago of me and my boyfriend and Gok Wan. "And I just thought `God, I'm trying to promote a book here. They obviously can't think of anything interesting to say about the book, either positive or negative, and have consequently felt obliged to dredge up this photo, even though I spent half an hour with their photographer. And they've come back to this camp photo, camp headline'. I just find that slightly regrettable." IMAGE: BBC `It is a matter of regret that being gay is the most interesting thing about me' that Davis's homosexuality � he is one of the few prominent gay journalists � often makes the headlines. How does he deal with the exposure? "How long have we got?" he sighs. "You accept that you have to give a bit of your personality. I don't keep it secret that I live with my partner Gio. I'm very proud of my gayness. But there is lots I wouldn't want the press to write about me. I have generally tried not to promote a lot of personality cult stuff off air. I say no to interview bids that ask `tell us about your garden' or `tell us about your cooking'." That hasn't stopped the press, however. Many profiles of Davis are packed with column inches discussing Davis in the original Dragons' Den Features 10 quick fire questions Downton Abbey or The Only Way is Essex? The Only Way is Essex, because it's funny. The true answer is neither, of course, but if I had to choose I'd probably enjoy watching TOWIE more. Sushi or Big Mac? I would once have said Big Mac, but I think now on health grounds, sushi. Lady Gaga or Engelbert Humperdinck? Well that's not a very meaningful dichotomy is it! Lady Gaga. But I like Engelbert Humperdinck and it's great that he's got this gig in the Eurovision. press freedom," he states. But won't the hands of journalists be more tied in the future? "Why?" he responds. "There's a public interest defence, and the public interest has not been under attack... One or two things have come up that were clearly against the public interest. The Times hacked the computer of the NightJack blogger to out him. That was a hacking case, but what was that about? What possible public interest was there in that? Their defence on that was ludicrous." It is past experience that underpins Davis's assertions. "I'll tell you why I'm somewhat more sanguine about this than other people," he explains. "The BBC actually had its own Leveson, and it affected the Today programme more than anyone else. It was called the Hutton Inquiry. People have been saying `you've been tamed, you've been shut up'. I don't get that impression at all. I've never seen us not tackle an issue we think is difficult." If such a rousing defence of Leveson is out of character for a man who watches his words carefully, Davis's support of Today is less surprising � four years in, his enthusiasm for his job hasn't waned. "I'm there for the long term," he says with a smile. As we leave Television Centre and go our separate ways, there is little doubt that Davis is a BBC man through and through. How else could he face another 3.15am start tomorrow? Alcoholic drink of choice? Red wine. Normally one that's priced around �8 a bottle will do. What book are you currently reading? Next to my bed at the moment is a book called Quiet: The power of introverts. It's about introverted people and how we should appreciate those who aren't shouting all the time. I think there's something in that. Last record you bought? I'm afraid to say I don't buy records anymore because I just have a top level subscription to Spotify. But the last thing I tagged on Shazam was Give Me Everything by Pitbull, featuring Ne-Yo. Duncan Bannatyne or Peter Jones? Deborah Meaden. London Olympics or three weeks abroad? London Olympics, definitely, 100%. I can't think of anything I'd less like to do than leave the capital for that. I couldn't be more enthusiastic. It's worth �10bn. New Statesman or The Spectator? That's really asking whether I'm rightwing or left-wing, and I'm not going to get into an answer on that. They both have their merits. Tell us a joke. A doctor says: "I've got good news and bad news". The patient says: "What's the good news?" The doctor replies: "You've got 24 hours to live". "That's the good news?! What's the bad news?" says the patient. And the doctor says: "I've been trying to get hold of you since yesterday lunch time." It's a cracker. XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 43 Davis and Humphrys in the Today studio Despite this press intrigue, Davis rejects the idea that the UK media is homophobic, a word he thinks is "bandied around" too much. "We can dwell too much on the negatives," he says. "If you're black or gay or female `The BBC actually had its own Leveson... it was called the Hutton Inquiry' and you're attuned to looking for the discrimination you face, here's my guess: you will too often ascribe decisions that happen in the normal run of life to your gayness, colour of skin or gender." In fact, Davis believes: "Being gay has been mildly advantageous in my career � it's seen as interesting, and being interesting is good in media land." As we approach 11am, Davis says he must leave soon to edit his Made in Britain book. Before he goes, however, we turn to the Leveson Inquiry, which education secretary Michael Gove recently said was creating a "chilling atmosphere towards freedom of expression". Davis, while careful to call his words "musings" rather than considered thoughts, is pretty damning of Gove's suggestion. "It's unlikely to have a big effect on Features Armed with smartphones and digital cameras, amateur photographers are beating the professionals at their own game. Monique Rivalland and Zing Tsjeng report on the rise of the citizen journalist hated tyrant is dragged from a drain and killed, bringing an end to more than 30 years of dictatorship. The next morning, his dying face is splashed across the covers of newspapers worldwide. But the picture of Gaddafi's bloodied body wasn't the work of a wire photographer who raced to the scene. Instead it was a photo captured on an unknown bystander's mobile phone. This wasn't the first time work by a citizen photojournalist has ended up on front pages throughout the world. When US Airways Flight 1549 made an emergency landing on the Hudson River in New York in January 2009, Janis Krums was on a nearby ferry. He pulled out his mobile to snap the passengers waiting on the plane's wing for rescue, and tweeted the picture. Within 20 minutes, MSNBC were on the phone. "With the rise of smartphones there will always be a citizen in the right place at the right time," Krums says. "It creates authentic and up to the minute coverage that in the past was impossible." New organisations have sprung up to cater for the staggering rise of citizen journalism. Krums now works on Rawporter, an app that helps amateur photojournalists profit from their work. 44 / XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM FOR THE PEOPLE BY THE PEOPLE A He's not the only one trying to monetise the phenomenon. Demotix, a citizen journalism newswire, licenses content produced by non-professionals and sells them to mainstream media outlets. Its founder and CEO, Turi Munthe, says Demotix has "been able to cover news none of the old agencies could reach, and has scooped stories that would never have seen the light of day." With Corbis Images, one of the world's leading photo agencies, signing a distribution deal with Demotix for an undisclosed amount, citizen photojournalism is becoming a force to be reckoned with. But what does that mean for professional photojournalists? Rob McGibbons, who is judging the British Press Awards 2012, believes the two practices remain separate. "Citizen journalism is stuff that only happens by luck most of the time," he points out. "It makes you a very observant passer-by, but journalism is about a career." It may not be a profession, but citizen journalism is undoubtedly challenging the status quo of photojournalism. Publications now have a huge and growing body of amateur photographs available at their fingertips. The following selection of images all made a splash in publications around the world. They were also all taken by citizen journalists. Clockwise: schoolgirls guard a police van during the London student protests; the Royal Wedding; a close-up of Gaddafi's corpse; a caravan catches fire during the eviction of Dale Farm Features XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 45 IMAGES: DEMOTIX Features IMAGE: JANIS KRUMS Clockwise: US Airways Flight 1549 crashes into the Hudson River; rioters confront police in London; Afghan villagers from Helmand; protesters in Tahrir Square carry a wounded man 46 / XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM IMAGE: DEMOTIX XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / Features 47 IMAGE: BASETRACK IMAGE: DEMOTIX Features FISHING FOR ANECDOTES Revealing personal details is all part of the job, but how far will they go? Helen Lawson talks to three leading writers about the dilemmas and delights of life as a columnist olumnists are enjoying more notoriety than ever before. Editors know that personality and controversy sell, so star writers have their photos splashed on the front of newspapers and magazines. With the rise of Twitter and online comments sections, readers can respond instantly to what they say. So what is it like to regularly have your opinions laid bare to the nation? "The paywall seems to act like a filter for a lot of idiots," says The Times's Saturday columnist Janice Turner (newspaper, 1987). "I feel for my comrades on The Guardian, for example. It's quite famous that commentators at the end of people's columns are really cruel and horrible and very personal. It must hurt a lot." Columnists have to develop a thick skin or another coping strategy. The Guardian's Tim Dowling says he is laid- back about the reaction to his weekly column on his family life, and only wants to make his wife laugh. "Some say I love your columns, some say I hate your columns, some say `I can't believe you get paid to write this.' I try to behave as if the whole thing is out of my hands. If people don't like it there's nothing I can do about that." One common dilemma is how much 48 / XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM personal information a columnist should reveal about themselves and those around them, especially when they're always on the look out for a good story to hook the next article around. When your pay packet � reputedly six figures for big names like Richard Littlejohn and Caitlin Moran � depends on delving into your private life, or at least drawing on it, the pressure builds to tell all. As his children reach their teens, Dowling says: "I have to be more careful because they're at school. They have a private life that is not mine to explore for material. I stick to the bits where they interact with me." But he admits that it can sometimes be hard to resist sharing funny family stories, even if it means ending up out of pocket. "My son got lost on his first day of secondary school and got found by the police. And he specifically said: `You can't write about this,' and I said: `I would never ever ever write about it, what do you take me for?' Two days later I said: `How much?'" Dowling can usually buy his kids' silence in return for a tenner � as long as they spot the offending quotes themselves. The pressure to come up with original and entertaining columns week after week inevitably means that IMAGE: THE GUARDIAN Award-winning columnist Janice Turner: "You see the material there" IMAGE: ANNA TRENCH C Features IMAGE: THE GUARDIAN Laura Topham met her best friend thanks to her column columnists are tempted to cross the line and risk annoying or offending friends and family. Daily Mail columnist Liz Jones alienated her new neighbours in West Somerset to the extent that her letterbox was shot at, while a Tanya Gold column for The Guardian, on her hatred of wedding lists, led to the bride in question appearing in the comments section to suggest that she might not want Gold at her wedding after all. Sharing stories that aren't yours to tell can have dire consequences. Turner recalls a piece she wrote at the beginning of her stint for The Guardian where she didn't conceal a friend's identity well enough, losing the friend as a result. "There is a temptation to sit in your room and just type and think no one's ever going to read it, and it's a bit of a shock to when you realise there could be implications," she says. "There's this Graham Greene quote about every writer having a shard of ice in their heart, and I think that's true of columnists. You see the material there." The most intimate relationships often make perfect column fodder. Laura Topham (magazine, 2005) spent two years detailing her love life for the Evening Standard. It was baring the intricacies of a break-up that shocked her readers the most. "I was writing the nitty-gritty � what he'd said, what I'd said," she says. "In hindsight it's a weird thing to write in a paper, but the more brutally honest you are the better your column is." But with pressure to keep the readers hooked, is there a temptation to exaggerate or even fabricate incidents and outrage? "I'm not an actress � I couldn't fake it," says Turner. "You can spot the people who are professional troll journalists. They just write to create uproar and to manufacture traffic on websites. Like James Delingpole, for example, he's a terrible troll. Rod Liddle too � though I don't know if he believes it � and Toby Young, he's the most energetic of those people. They want people to be outraged, they feed off it. Maybe they believe it as well, but they put it in the most offensive, outrageous possible way to get things going." Getting things going certainly pleases the hits counter and advertising revenue online. One infamous Jones column, where she admitted trying to impregnate herself with the contents of a used condom, garnered more than 1,200 reader comments on MailOnline, and spawned numerous blogs in response. Turner says: "I don't know how Liz Jones copes with it, it's insane. Sometimes you wonder how close to the edge they're forcing her by making her do things. You think God, they should be careful � they're feeding her insecurity. Lots of people worry about her." It can be tough setting yourself up as a target for personal scrutiny, but the rewards of column writing can be great. At its peak it is one of the most highly paid posts on any publication. On a smaller scale, writing about living out of a suitcase led to Topham being offered a spare room by her now-best friend. Talking about wanting to adopt a granny turned into tea at The Wolseley with a reader who is now her surrogate grandmother. Force of personality and skilful writing, backed up by thousands of Twitter followers, can also translate into lucrative book deals and television appearances. Moran's How to Be a Woman was launched last June in a blaze of publicity, including serialisations in The Times and Grazia, `The more brutally honest you are the better your column is' and had racked up more than 140,000 sales by the end of 2011. And it's not just memoirs where columnists can cash in. The Sunday Times's India Knight has three bestselling novels to her name while Allison Pearson's I Don't Know How She Does It, born out of her Daily Telegraph column, sold four million copies worldwide and was turned into a comedy film starring Sarah Jessica Parker. While producing a successful column is tough, writers such as Dowling acknowledge it is also a privilege. "I won't pretend that it's not the laziest way round, to write about your own life," he says. "In anything else I write � travel, meeting people, listening, paying attention � you suddenly realise how much more work there is in being a reporter." Turner feels the same. "I'm not digging a road � I'm writing 1,000 words on an issue of the day. It's like doing a small exam every week. It does make your brain writhe unlike writing anything else. "I trained with lots of people � the sort who file court reports while the case is going on, and write 1,100 words on parliamentary debate in half an hour. That, to me, is really hard. I think column writing is a privileged thing and when it's done well it's great." IMAGE: DAVID LEVENE Tim Dowling relaxes while thinking up new ways to bribe his son for stories XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 49 Features A new crop of inexperienced journalists is heading to conflict zones to break into the big time. Poppy McPherson reports ames Longman had never written a news story before he was smuggled into Syria aged 24 last autumn. It was a chaotic journey. "Massively scary," he recalls, "a lot of car swapping and check-points. The chief concern was that the people you're with would be taken away and shot behind a tree." Longman spent two weeks in hiding with the Syrian opposition. Though he had a good knowledge of the country and fluent Arabic, he went without hostile environment training or a flak jacket. When the opposition safe house where he was staying in Rastan, a major city in the centre of the country, came under heavy fire, he narrowly escaped with his life. "The building was suddenly hit by a couple of anti-aircraft guns and we had to stay where we were and then escape," he says. The fledgling foreign reporter is part of the new generation of young freelancers who have moved to the Middle East since the start of the Arab Spring last January. Foreign desks say they have been inundated with emails from inexperienced reporters eager to prove their worth in Libya, Egypt, Yemen and Syria. "In Libya last year you had a lot of not terribly old, not terribly experienced people ringing up. A lot of people from City," says 50 / XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM J FREELANCING ON THE Alistair Dawber, foreign editor at The Independent. "With Syria and 23- to 24-year-olds trying to get into Homs, it's suicidal." The numbers prove as much. At least 46 journalists were killed last year � a third of them freelancers, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. That figure is more than double the usual proportion, they say. Though no one is safe in a war zone, freelancers are particularly vulnerable as they usually have no support team and may be more willing to put themselves in danger to secure a scoop. Training and flak jackets are prohibitively expensive and many go without. Ruth Sherlock, 24, had neither when she was given her first ever assignment by The Daily Telegraph as a freelancer in Egypt last year. She made her name covering the fall of Mubarak then followed the Arab Spring to Libya. Her inexperience, she admits, led her to make some dangerous mistakes. During the peak of the violence in Sirte, the last Gaddafi stronghold, Sherlock followed a photographer to the front line. "I was quite foolish. It had suddenly become very, very ugly because you had thousands of rebels joined together all feeling very victorious. They had a country full of armaments at their disposal and no idea how to use them. We went with the very front of the advance and ended up getting pinned against a wall with people firing at us from all directions. It was a lesson in how not to do it." Another front-line battle in Libya claimed the life of London-based freelance photographer Anton Hammerl last April. He was shot dead, while three freelance journalists and another photographer were captured and held by Gaddafi forces for six weeks. "They had gone too far forward," says Sherlock. Despite the risks, young journalists are keen to make their name, and a big war story can be a game-changer. It certainly paid off for Longman, who is now a BBC producer covering Syria. He says that his comparative youth gave him an advantage in the field. "For the Arab Spring the big theme has been youth. The closer in age you are, the more rapport you can build with the activists. I was in hiding with men my age and younger. There have been a lot of young people trying to do it, going out and trying to prove their worth, excited by the fact that they can go." The tradition of young journalists dashing abroad to cover conflict is hardly new. "Remember, there was a young reporter who went over to write about the South African wars as IMAGE: REUTERS / PAUL CONRO FRONT LINE a freelancer � his name was Winston Churchill," says The Independent's veteran Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk. However, the number of firsttime war reporters has swelled as shrinking budgets force media groups to use cheaper freelancers. Fisk says money for foreign correspondents has dwindled over the course of his career, especially since the growth in free online content. "They suddenly wanted freelancers who weren't going to ask for lots of money." So do media organisations have a moral obligation to foot the bill for flak jackets and stump up money for drivers, fixers, combat first aid and satellite phones? Iona Craig (international BA, 2009) was one of five freelancers working in Yemen amidst mortar fire, snipers, and fighting between army and tribal militia during last year's unrest. She says she was the only one to be insured or have hostile environment training paid for by a publication, The Times � and only after six months of covering violent clashes. Others had no material support from publications and broadcasters for whom they filed copy or video up to three times a day. Freelancers are forced to fall back on charities such as The Rory Peck Trust that offer bursaries to help cover the cost of safety training, says Craig. "They shouldn't have to when they have a regular employer who knows full well they're facing dangerous situations on a regular basis on their behalf. Last year all of us here learnt as we went along. We didn't have any `We ended up pinned against a wall with people firing at us from all directions' seasoned reporters to rely on for tips." The Rory Peck Trust has had a rise in applications from people in their twenties. A spokesperson said: "The way that the industry is going, a lot of organisations are using freelance material. On the other hand, some are very careful about who they use and make sure they have training." But not all publications look after part-time reporters. The treatment of freelancers by one major publication is "pretty scandalous" according to Jonathan Boone (newspaper, 2004), who left a staff job at the Financial Times to freelance in Afghanistan. He says the unnamed news outlet refuses to pay for retainers or provide expenses for fixers or flak jackets. Some freelancers fear enforced guidelines could stifle opportunity. "If the industry suddenly says you cannot take copy from a journalist unless you provide them with a flak jacket, all you're going to do is kill the market for freelancers," says Jerome Starkey (newspaper, 1994), who won the Kurt Schork Award for his freelance work in Afghanistan last year. But now that anybody can set foot in a war zone armed only with a smartphone, there is no going back to the days when every journalist was backed by a major organisation � foreign desks are bound to get more calls from freelancers. In early February, one foreign editor at a national newspaper got such a call. A freelancer with no experience in war zones was in Turkey and told the desk he wanted to be smuggled over the border into Homs, the city at the heart of the Syrian chaos. He didn't have a flak jacket, helmet or conflict training. "I asked him: what if you get shot?" the editor recalls. He said: `Well, I don't intend to get shot.' Nobody does." Additional reporting by Vesela Gladicheva XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 51 LONDON 2012: THE MEDIA BY NUMBERS 52 / XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM RESEARCHED BY VESELA GLADICHEVA, DESIGNED BY ARTICLEWORKS XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 53 Features FLEET STREET TO DOWNING For years, the allure of power has tempted journalists to Westminster. Ben Riley-Smith hears from the hacks who've gone over to the dark side D avid Cameron can't escape journalists. But it's not just the attention of lobby reporters, columnists and sketch writers he has to put up with � when the PM shuts the door to Number 10, he's still surrounded by hacks. His education secretary Michael Gove spent almost a decade at The Times. His party's London mayor, Boris Johnson, edited The Spectator and continues to write a column for The Daily Telegraph. Craig Oliver and Julian Glover, Cameron's communications director and chief speechwriter, joined the inner circle last year from senior jobs at the BBC and The Guardian respectively. Cameron's situation is by no means a new one. For decades there has been a steady flow of people from Fleet Street to Westminster � sometimes known as the "political gravy train". On the Labour benches, City graduate Meg Hillier (newspaper, 1991) is MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch, and was a shadow minister until last year. But what's it actually like for those journalists who cross the line? And once crossed, is there any way back? It's not hard to spot similarities between the worlds of politics and journalism. Both claim to act in the XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM public interest. Both are notorious for their long hours and short tempers. And both thrive on gossip. Gabriel Milland, a former Daily Express lobby journalist and City student (newspaper, 1999) who now works as the Department for Education's head of news, attributes the tight link between journalism and politics to the people both industries attract. "Politics and the media have been fishing in the same talent pool in the last 20, 30 years," he says. "A `Someone who I thought was my mate ran a piece on Channel 4 News that made me look like a crook' lot of people in politics know people in journalism and vice versa. They are similar characters with similar backgrounds and interests." Martin Bright, the political editor of The Jewish Chronicle, can understand the appeal of Westminster life. "Reporting is a young person's game," he says. "You're expected to work late nights and do things at the drop of a hat. People get tired and think: `I've done my time and paid my dues, now I want an easy life'." The political world offers a heady mix of power, job security and financial rewards that many jobbing journalists can't resist. "There's no doubt it is an easier life," Bright adds. "There may be other pressures, but it's not the same as being a front-line journalist." Nonetheless, Milland believes that there are many similar skills needed to do both jobs effectively � most importantly, having a strong news sense. "One of the big failures of a lot of people in media relations is that they don't really understand journalists," he says. "If you've got news judgement and know what a story is then you've got a pretty good start. It enables you to spot things that might play up and deal with things that you don't necessarily want to play up." For journalists who enter politics as elected officials, however, there is quite a different challenge: role reversal. After a career holding power to account, hacks who switch sides suddenly find themselves in the firing line. And that can cause friction. Adam Holloway MP was an investigative journalist for ITN before standing for election in Gravesham in 54 / Features opportunity to miss � to see what it was like on the other side of the line," he says. Birrell was plunged into the madness of campaign season: drafting speeches, writing articles, liaising with journalists, editing copy � all bread and butter to a seasoned hack. "A good journalist writes very clearly, can communicate ideas and is used to operating to tight deadlines," he says. Throughout Birrell's seven weeks with team Cameron, old colleagues would often get in touch. "I know lots of people in the lobby," he says. "Quite often they'd ring wanting me to give them a gem. Sometimes I would see what they wanted. I wouldn't talk to them off the record but I would put their case to people or help them out with unblocking issues." Since then, Birrell has returned to journalism with a fatter contacts book and the tag of `former speechwriter' to add weight to his opinion pieces. The path to and from politics was less smooth for Andy McSmith, a political reporter at The Independent. He left Fleet Street to take up a salaried job as the Labour party's chief press officer in 1984, only to return to full-time journalism in 1988. McSmith says he was treated with suspicion during his years with Labour because he would often stand up for the right of journalists to cover particular topics. "Peter Mandelson decided that certain journalists were a problem and suspected they were friends of mine, so he would have a go at me all the time," he recalls. Eventually, McSmith started to long for a return to journalism. "I missed the excitement of chasing a story," he says. "I really missed writing. You can't write anything decently when you're in a political party because you have to use stilted language that party officials use to communicate with each other." Looking back, McSmith has a warning for any journalists considering entering the world of politics: "If you go over you have got to do it properly. You can't mess around thinking you'll be half a journalist and half a political hand. I've seen people try to do that and it doesn't work." Ben Bradshaw (above), Labour MP and former Culture Secretary, was an award-winning BBC radio correspondent for 11 years. A couple of old friends from Exeter suggested I put my name forward. That planted a thought in my mind: it might be interesting to experience what it's like to be on the other side and have the opportunity to actually do something, and develop and implement policy rather than just report it, comment it and criticise it. I was selected in September 1996. Most of my BBC colleagues were very supportive. One or two thought I was a bit mad to be leaving a promising journalistic career to go into politics. Having a journalistic background has been incredibly helpful to me as a politician. I don't feel intimidated by going up against Humphrys or Paxman because I know them. I know the tricks of the trade so I'm well aware when someone's trying to trip me up. I know how to handle interviews which, amazingly, a lot of politicians still feel completely terrified about. The skills you develop as a journalist can be very useful in politics. Things like mastering the brief very quickly: you're appointed as a minister and within a few hours you're supposed to know everything there is about your subject. The best journalists know an awful lot about what's going on. Nick Simmons, who was the former Whitehall editor of the Financial Times, was absolutely amazing. When I was a health minister I used to find out what was going on in my department from Nick. I've never had the habit of having off the record conversations with people. Off the record is completely corrupt. I haven't had any regrets at all about making the switch. I certainly feel I've had the opportunity in politics to make things happen which I wouldn't have had in journalism. XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 55 STREET 2005. After winning the parliamentary seat, he got a call from Gary Gibbon, a friend and political editor at Channel 4 News, asking if he would be interviewed for a piece about campaign funding. Holloway said yes. "In my 2005 campaign, most of the money came from me," he explains. "I spent a year not working and going round with a clipboard, spending my savings. I also got �25,000 from Lord Ashcroft that I used to print leaflets and distribute stuff. "The next thing I know, this person who I thought was my mate ran the piece on Channel 4 News with my Labour opponent, who I'd defeated a year earlier. It left you with the idea that my election had been bought by billionaire Lord Ashcroft, when in reality it had been won by me working very hard. I was being made to look like a crook." uch experiences are less common with journalists who entered Westminster in unelected roles, such as Ian Birrell, former deputy editor of The Independent and a graduate of City (newspaper, 1985). In 2010, Birrell agreed to become David Cameron's speechwriter for the election campaign after being approached by the Conservative leader's team. "It was too good an S Features THE BUSINESS OF DATING Media groups are cashing in on the surge in online matchmaking. But could it damage their credibility? Kate Lloyd signs up to find out 'm on a first date in a Hoxton bar. Sitting across the table is a fashionable 24-year-old, sipping an organic cocktail. He works in advertising and produces independent films at the weekends. He seems like your typical Guardian reader. In fact, like me, he is a Guardian reader. This comes as no surprise considering I met him on its online dating site � Guardian Soulmates. No longer seen as closely guarded secrets for a niche audience, dating websites are attracting a young, affluent clientele and have become a crucial part of media companies' business plans. Highbrow broadsheets, top-end glossies, radio stations and television companies are all luring audiences in to finding a date on their sites � but how has something as pure and simple as the lonely hearts column transformed into such a money spinner? Online dating is now big business, and an increasing number of media groups are cashing in on their readers' lacklustre love lives. The dating industry is estimated to be worth �2.5bn worldwide, with one in three singles looking for love online. Dating service provider White Label Dating is now Bauer Media's biggest external brand extension partner. The number of media organisations it represents rose to 34 this February, 56 / xCITY-MAGAZINE.COM I from just eight in 2008. Dennis Publishing, NatMags, IPC Media and GMG Radio are just a few of the media groups they work with. Along with White Label's partners, newspapers including The Independent, The Telegraph and the Evening Standard also have dating sites, as do magazines such as New Scientist, Cosmopolitan and Men's Health, and radio stations including Real Radio and Jazz FM. Membership can cost up to �30 a month. Lauren Barnes, who manages the accounts of all White Label Dating's media partners, says that a few years ago media organisations were not interested in online dating, but are now welcoming it. It's easy to see why. Research shows that between 2007 and 2009, 22% of heterosexual couples and 61% of samesex couples had found partners on the web � compared with less than 1% of the population in the 1990s. Barnes says: "When I first started, media companies were like: `Dating? Oh no!', but they've realised everyone's doing it. Their customer will only join another site if they don't have one." Media companies first got involved with the market by doing affiliate deals with large dating websites such as Match.com, taking a cut whenever a reader or listener joined. Now groups have realised that by starting a branded website they have more control and get returning revenue. These niche sites may not be the dating industry leaders, but they are a cheap way for media companies to make money. Since many of the sites are run by external dating providers, the staff needed to run them is minimal. The sites are located on media groups' own web pages and are advertised in unsold advertising space in their publications and radio stations, so marketing is free. Users of dating sites are more willing to switch from free profiles to paid profiles on White Label's media group sites than on standard sites such as Plenty More Fish or Match.com. Barnes says this is because brands already have a relationship with customers. She explains: "Aligning a dating website with a popular brand makes it more acceptable for people to talk about. A guy who reads FHM is more likely to say: `I joined FHM - there's loads of hot girls,' than `I joined Plenty More Fish.'" The growth of dating services has also helped fill the gap left by classified advertisements. Toby Frith, account manager for The Times and The Telegraph dating websites, predicts that the classifieds side of their business will not exist in four years' time. As publications become more Features you the bother of spending all night buying a random babe drinks at your local bar" (Zoo No Strings). The casual sex sites aren't only a way of attracting new customers; they're a way media companies can get users to pay for their services twice. Someone struggling with their search for love on the main site might want to join the nostrings version too. Despite the content, the moneymaking potential of casual sex sites means that some unexpected media organisations have started them. The Independent doesn't just have he Times and The Telegraph niche sites offering mature dating, gay are not alone in moving their dating and matchmaking � they also classified online. Bauer's first have Naughty Independent Singles, a foray into online dating was an no-strings-attached option. It's a move Does Ward think these sites could extension of Yours magazine's classified that appears very off-brand when other pages, Friends of Yours, in 2006. Yours damage their brand? parts of the newspaper's site promise He argues: "A huge chunk of Zoo Dating is now one of the leaders in the "sweep-off-your-feet romance". and FHM readers are going to look at mature online dating market. As the last dating taboos are swept photos of naked women online - surely Edmund Ward, Bauer's commercial away, no-strings-attached sites could adult dating is more respectable than partnerships executive, runs poker, be the next big step in the relationship that? We don't have trouble with dieting and dating websites for their between media groups and an industry advertisers because they're cautious of magazines. He thinks that despite the that has always been controversial. popularity of their dating sites, aligning pictures of naked women anyway." Newspaper personals columns were Two thirds of Bauer's income from one with a publication like Yours has illegal before the 1970s and until online dating comes from the explicit the potential to damage readers' trust. recently online dating was perceived by He says: "When people complain, they side of the market. Unsurprisingly, many as sleazy. lads' mags' sexier sites are much more invoke the `I would expect more of this But now everyone appears to be popular than their more romantic brand' complaint. We have to be very at it. The fact I'm sitting across the counterparts, with Loaded and Nuts careful to protect our users." recently launching their own no-strings- table from my Guardian Soulmate is Bauer might be careful, but many incredibly normal. My main concern attached sites. media group dating sites, including The sites are full of profiles of bleach- tonight is not that anyone would be Bauer's FHM and Zoo, now have more surprised we met through a newspaper controversial, no-strings-attached sister blonde, bikini-clad twentysomethings dating service, but whether I'm the and tag lines such as "gives you more sites, which provide social networking "opinionated, vivacious, mischievous services for users looking for casual sex choice than an Argos catalogue" dreamer" he requested on his profile. (Loaded Brief Encounters) and "saves rather than a relationship. reliant on big brand advertising, the space available in print for personal ads is becoming more limited. Online dating is quickly taking its place. Telecom started The Times's dating site in 2005 and The Telegraph's in 2007. Both sites now have around 35,000 members. Frith says: "Dating and the media will always go together. If you meet someone who reads the same newspaper as you, you immediately have an affinity with them." T xCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 57 Features As circulation figures dive in the UK, Zing Tsjeng discovers the highs and lows of heading east to join China's booming media industry S mog-covered skies, a population of almost 20 million, newsstands heaving with everything from Grazia to GQ � Beijing resembles London in more ways than one. Except that while newspapers and magazines here face plummeting circulation figures, the publishing business is booming in China. In metro stations in Beijing, vending machines dispense magazines, newspapers and even books. The country's astounding economic growth, averaging 10% over the last 30 years, has had a knock-on effect on the publishing industry. By 2006, China had overtaken India as the world's largest newspaper market, selling over 96 million copies every day. Western publishers such as Hearst have seen Chinese versions of flagship titles such as Cosmopolitan sell XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM well over half a million, while monthly circulation for its British counterpart has dropped to 370,000. Magazines including The Economist have published dedicated blogs and special editions chronicling the country's remarkable expansion. It's no wonder that young British journalists are moving to the Middle Kingdom. But what do they find when they get there? Can the realities of Chinese journalism really match the allure of a booming industry? Emma Draper was freelancing in Hong Kong when she snagged an assistant editor position at WestEast, a high-end consumer magazine. "A friend of a friend just offered me the job after hearing that I was an English graduate," she said. "I've had spa days in hotels with massages worth over �100. I was given a designer bag. I wouldn't have got those perks after such a short time if I was in London." The fast-track career progression is typical of an industry that favours fluent English speakers. In a country where Chinglish signs like "unrecycle rubbish" litter the streets, the language is a valuable asset. It's not hard to see why opportunities seem to abound in the east. But any journalist seeking to relocate from Britain, with its relatively egalitarian workplace culture, should exercise caution. The Chinese newsroom is a different beast. Alice Philipson worked as a sub editor for China Daily, the biggest Englishlanguage newspaper in the country. In the time she worked there, she never once corresponded with her managers. "I never knew who was monitoring me, ever," she says. "I didn't have anyone to report to or give me any feedback." 58 / IMAGE: THE GUARDIAN ALL SIGNS POINT EAST Features Reporters communicated with her entirely by MSN Messenger. Philipson puts this down to cultural differences: "China Daily is probably quite typical of the way state businesses work: not knowing who the people are in the higher echelons of the firm. It's very opaque." Transparency is not something most foreign journalists find in China. Even the inner workings of the publishing industry are hazy. Non-Chinese media companies must partner with a local publishing firm to gain entry into the lucrative market, but publications can find themselves on the wrong side of the law at suspiciously convenient times. Time Out Beijing had been published for four years before it was temporarily shut down on the eve of the 2008 Olympics due to the lack of a "proper" licence. Similarly, truth in the Chinese newsroom is an ill-defined concept. "What I'll always remember is when Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the headline of China Daily was `Most nations oppose peace prize to Liu'," says Philipson. "It was absolute rubbish, but that was the headline on the front page of the newspaper I was working for. I was just like: `OK, what am I doing?'" fter nine months, Philipson left China for a job at The Daily Telegraph. "I knew there was a time limit on it," she says. "If I thought I was going to be working for five years it would be much more frustrating because I would never be able to do any in-depth reporting." Journalists walk a tightrope in China. On the one hand, the explosion of microblogging sites like Weibo (a hybrid of Twitter and Facebook) is proof that the public is hungry for a more critical press. On the other, the authorities are quick to impose news blackouts on any sensitive political topics, and maverick editors and reporters are sometimes reassigned or replaced with little explanation. Dr Marjorie Dryburgh, who teaches contemporary Chinese history at the University of Sheffield, believes that journalists in China are engaged in a constant to-and-fro with the authorities. "Even the Chinese journalists in the system will be thinking: `Right, what do I know, what can I publish, and how big is the gap between the two?'" she says. Foreign journalists face an even steeper climb to get stories out. In addition to the language barrier and the lack of local contacts, those employed by Chinese publications will never be allowed near a sensitive story. In the nine months Philipson worked at China Daily, she was never given a politics story to sub edit, let alone write headlines for. "You just don't get put on those stories," Philipson says. "Even as a sub, I wasn't subbing them � I was put on quite `soft' features." David Green is one man who understands the far-reaching consequences of rocking the boat. In 2008, frustrated by the constraints on reporting at China Daily, he was fired from his post for writing negatively about the paper on Journalism.co.uk. The Chinese authorities don't forget easily � three years later, Green was denied a journalist visa. Looking back, he views his Journalism.co.uk article as a misstep. "Having spent more time in the country, the prejudices are easier to understand," he says. "It isn't necessarily about `right' or `wrong', it is just different, and working here you have to accept that." Green managed to stay in the country on a less strict business visa. Now, the ex-China Daily employee has learnt the value of caution. As managing editor of World of Chinese, an arts magazine, he recently took care to edit down a travel story about Tibet for "fear of attracting unwanted attention" during the National People's Congress. "We're a culture and language magazine," he says. "There's no mileage in us touching topics that might cause consternation with the censors." Despite these undeniable pressures, there are those who still think quality journalism can thrive � albeit within certain limits. "You know that you can't talk about Taiwan, Tibet, religion, or criticise the Government too explicitly," explains Toby Skinner, the former editor of Time Out Shanghai. "But you can still sneak all kinds of stuff in there. "You can say something like: `The Government has responded to accusations that they've been hacking the Pentagon. The reader knows that the story is `Chinese Government hacks Pentagon'." But even with this room for manoeuvre, some journalists find the dance with the censors exhausting. With a booming demand for luxury goods, the biggest growth market is in high-end consumer magazines � an industry that isn't for everyone. A year after joining WestEast, Emma Draper realised exactly that. She left and returned to London, frustrated by the journalistic remit of a luxury magazine. "It was a celebration of people having money," she shrugs. "It was all about people buying handbags." For those willing to play by the rules, there is mileage to be had out of moving to the Middle Kingdom � just don't expect to be breaking China's Watergate any time soon. A XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 59 IMAGE: TOM L Elections aren't all about exit polls and kissing babies � from bloody brawls to cowboy costumes, the stories behind the headlines are often more colourful. Interviews by Julia Rampen and Nadia Khomami The birth of freedom John Carlin, freelance journalist and author of Playing the Enemy It was South Africa's first free election. The prevailing mood was obviously one of great joy but there was a lingering anxiety that the recalcitrant White Right might put a bomb or two at a polling booth. But people braved that risk. I remember in Soweto people were just queuing up from way before dawn, in queues two or three hundred yards long. My housekeeper's sister-in-law, Rosie, who lived on my property with her husband and child, was heavily pregnant. As the election approached, she was desperately worried that she was going to miss it because the bloody baby might decide to pop out. Sure enough, on election day, 27 April 1994, she went into labour. 60 / XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM TALES FROM THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL '94 For most mothers this is a moment of great excitement and happiness. But she was pissed off because she wasn't going to be able to vote. I remember rushing her off to hospital. I also shared her frustration � having to go dashing off to hospital at the crack of dawn rather than covering the voting was also a bit irritating! Rosie had the baby. She didn't get a chance to vote, but she called the little boy Nelson. JR IMAGE: ThE GuArdIAN Press plane ski slope John Lichfield, The Independent Whenever I fly I remember the safety instructions on Clinton's press plane in the 1992 election. They were just completely abandoned. The press refused to follow them, to the point that the plane would take off with people standing up and smoking cigarettes in the aisle. There was a game that the journalists played. You would wait at one end of the plane with plastic safety instruction leaflets underneath each foot. When the plane took off you would try to ski back down the plane in between the other journalists with the instructions under your feet. Everyone would cheer while the air hostesses would simply watch and do nothing. There was a party atmosphere. I think that's part of the nature of IMAGE: Ap / dAvId BrAuChLI Features Chavez's fist fighters Mark Donne, freelance journalist '06 At the time 81% of the press was under private ownership. If you went to the most benign press conference, reporters were behaving essentially as campaigners. The perception was that no one was impartial. Once, a pack of journalists was invited to a briefing by Hugo Chavez's opponent, Manuel Rosales, in a district which was heavy Chavez territory. It was a very brave thing to do � the equivalent of Cameron launching his election campaign in Toxteth, Liverpool. All the reporting in advance was on whether there was going to be civil disobedience. Tension began building among the journalists that morning. And when we went down there it reached the point where no one was even reporting at all, they were just worried about inevitable violence. As it turned out, we didn't need to rely on any inhabitants of the district kicking off � the journalists did it first. In the deep morning heat there was this huge sound of hungover journalists attacking each other. I think someone actually broke their neck. The briefing was postponed and the residents didn't get a chance to arrive because the media was too busy fighting. NK Ken's Dutch courage Martin Bright, Political editor, The Jewish Chronicle I was making a television programme for Channel 4 about Ken Livingstone. A lot of people thought he was untouchable, but there were lots of rumours about his drinking. In particular, it was said that he always had a glass of whisky at his mayoral questions sessions. This was interesting because firstly, it's fun, and secondly, within City Hall staff weren't allowed to drink. We went into long and detailed legal discussions with Channel 4 as to how we were going to prove that he was a drinker. We went to mayoral hustings and question time events and it was quite clear that he had what looked like a whisky glass and a brown liquid in it. But the only way to prove it was to actually get some of his whisky and test it. Ken used to very carefully take his glass away after the sessions. But one time he forgot. So my researcher leant over, took his glass of whisky, and put some cling film over it. I received a '08 IMAGE: ThE GuArdIAN '92 IMAGE: Ap / STEphAN SAvOIA phone call saying: "You won't believe it � we've got the whisky!" It was an amazing moment. We had it sent away to a lab and it was tested as 100% proof whisky. He hadn't even watered it down. Actually Ken was very funny about it. He said: "Yeah, of course. Like Winston Churchill, I need a drink. What's wrong with that?" It made a great piece. JR Newt shows off his giant ego Mark Mardell, North America editor, BBC '12 American journalism: the writing is extremely serious but the journalists themselves are full of fun. JR When Newt Gingrich won South Carolina in January his victory celebration was in a hotel awash with the smell of bourbon. It was typical Newt � they had guest speakers introducing him and saying what a tremendous job he'd done, and then the music played and Newt didn't appear. They played six tracks again and again for about twenty minutes until Newt Gingrich appeared. He's a man of enormous arrogance who keeps telling everybody that when he was accused of being grandiose he took it as a compliment. He thinks nothing of keeping a crowd waiting. JR XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 61 Features IMAGE: ThE GuArdIAN The cowboy candidate John Carlin, freelance journalist and author of Playing the Enemy '88 There had been a ruling party in power for about 60 years - very corruptly so, winning election after election through spectacular electoral fraud. But in one particular state on the US border it seemed as if the ruling party was actually going to lose for the first time. The world's press came along to see the first brick in the wall falling. Everything indicated that the opposition party was going to win. Their candidate for governor was a charismatic cowboy type. At electoral meetings he would parachute into the venue, jump on a motorbike and drive through hoops of fire. The ruling party's candidate was this rather stiff and boring besuited bureaucrat. The night the results came through, I was with him in his office. The results came up on the telex machine � you would hear this "clack clack clack". The small outlying towns came first. Town X: ruling party 1,200 votes, opposition party zero. Then another: ruling party 1,400 votes, opposition party zero. It was all round numbers. Finally, after about five or six of these, we got to his home town. Ruling party 4,500, opposition zero. He looked at me in despair and said: "Brother, not even my mother voted for me." JR India's tyrant topples Paul Chutkow, former foreign correspondent, Associated Press A man's '01 world Andy McSmith, The Independent The Labour party always had a woman from Parliament on the platform for morning press conferences reading a prepared speech. But they would never be able to answer any questions. You'd have three or four people on the platform: a couple of ministers, usually Blair or Brown chairing. There was always a woman sat on the end. The person who was chairing it would either answer the question himself, or he would turn to a male colleague and say: "You can answer this." I don't think they even noticed what they were doing. Eventually the hacks got into this conspiracy in which they agreed that no male journalist would ask a question. At one conference, one of the women journalists said to Estelle Morris: "What do you think about the fact that the women on the platform are never allowed to answer any questions?" Before Estelle could answer, Gordon Brown, who was sitting next to her, turned around and said: "I can answer that." Everyone in the room - hundreds of hacks � burst out laughing, including Estelle Morris, who sort of tapped him on the shoulder. He realised he was going to have to shut up and actually let her answer the question. NK 62 / XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM In January 1977, Indira Gandhi very ambitiously called elections. She had proclaimed a national emergency back in 1975, putting several of her leading political opponents in jail and throwing out foreign correspondents. Only five US journalists and a few from the UK were left. Gandhi was surrounded by "yes people" thinking that the masses would still re-elect her as prime minister. Once she called the elections, the opposition Janata Party framed the election in a very simple way: democracy versus dictatorship. And that was the message that resounded '77 all the way through the country. On election night we were getting Teletype stories from around the country. It was very clear she was going to lose, but because the returns came in late and internal communications in India weren't great, the story only broke the next morning. There were incredibly boisterous parades of trucks through the streets of New Delhi. Horns blasted and people shouted: "Long live Janata Party". An Indian journalist turned to me and said: "You know what happened? We've all underestimated the wisdom of our people." JR Down to the wire John Henley, The Guardian '02 The common consensus was that the Socialist candidate Lionel Jospin and the incumbent Jacques Chirac would go through to the second round. The first round results were coming through on a Sunday. I was due to write a 1,500word feature for the next day's paper, a dual portrait of Jospin and Chirac. I really don't know what stopped me. I was literally sitting down to write it that morning when I thought to myself � hang on, just suppose it's not what the polls are predicting? I had to convince the desk it would be better to write the feature in a more general way. They said: "Do you really think that's necessary? It sounds like it is going to be a lot weaker." I stuck to my guns, thank God. When the evening news came on in France. Patrick Poivre d'Arvor, the legendary newsreader, said: "I can't say anything more than the fact that we appear to be heading towards an enormous surprise." My first thought was: "Hell! I'm going to have to write 3,000 words before 1am this morning." I started writing. An hour later the final exit polls came out: Jean-Marie Le Pen had knocked Jospin out. I was just churning out copy all night. Of course, it made the front page splash. JR Features IMAGE: ThE GuArdIAN WHY I HATE THE WEB Citizen journalism is making waves, Monique Rivalland reports The blogosphere is debasing the craft of journalism, says Robert Fisk he internet has become a crass structure for abusing and lying about anybody. There are blogs sent to me in hard copy which are basically threats to my life because of articles I have written about the Middle East. They show pictures of me with blood painted over my body. There is nothing I can do about it because there is no sense of accountability online. If a local paper says "Mr Fisk is a war criminal", I can take thousands off them and they'll never say it again. But if you say it on the internet you can probably get away with it. There is a mad belief among academics that the internet is this wonderful tool. But it propagates a third-rate and incorrect version of what is said. I read the other day that someone had quoted Winston Churchill on Stalin as saying: "Sometimes you have to make a pact with the Devil." But what actually he said was: "If Hitler invades hell I will at least make a T favourable reference to the Devil in the House of Commons." I don't use the internet but sometimes I get hard copies of emails and the grammar and spelling is absolutely horrendous. `I get sent blogs with pictures of my body painted in blood' Our linguistic accuracy is being degraded by technology. It's woeful when you talk to people who would have known in the past and find that they can't spell simple words. We are deforming our spelling because we have computers that use auto-correct or Americanisations. The problem is people see everything nicely printed up online and think it must be kosher. They assume that because it's on the internet it has the same veracity and responsibility as the printed word. It doesn't. Of course people like to read online because it's free. I've had big debates with people who read The Independent on the web and stamp their feet and say: "We have every right to read what you say, why should we pay for your information?" And I say: "That's fine, but I need to go to Cairo and you won't pay my air ticket." I don't think the internet will replace the printed press. People said television would kill film and CDs would see the end of vinyl records, but both have survived. I've still got my old records and that doesn't stop me buying CDs, but I know the old recordings are much clearer. I'm not a Luddite, I don't want to go around smashing new technology, but I do think those who constantly say "it's the new thing, goodbye paper" should stop and think about the pleasures of reading the real thing in hard copy. As told to Daisy Wyatt XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 63 Keep in touch with City's Journalism Department It doesn't matter what year you graduated in, the City Alumni Network provides a wide range of free resources that are useful at all stages of your career. 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Launching the first ever journalism school in Romania together with the Human Rights League soon after the fall of Communism, and establishing the first English language weekly newspaper in Bucharest. What regrets, if any, do you have about your career choice? I opted for adventure and change, living and working in countries such as Ireland, the US and Romania. If I'd stayed in one place, perhaps I'd have reached a senior position in a large media group, but as that is often administrative, I'd probably have missed out on the memorable reporting experiences I've enjoyed over the years. Anyway, I founded and led a national newspaper with almost 40 staff for more than 10 years so I guess you can't get more senior than that. Has the phone hacking scandal irreparably damaged the integrity of journalism? Damaged, yes; irreparably, no. Many scandals and mistakes have besmirched journalism throughout its development. It endured them, and will endure this also. Good journalism will survive, perhaps not as paper on paper, but it will survive as a leading form of communication, information and analysis. 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University of Cape Town; lecturer in religious studies, Stanford University; associated professor, Islamic studies, Duke University Cindy Polemis Broadcast;Yorkshire Television; BBC local radio; freelance arts fundraiser Martin Portus Asian Post; ABC Radio (Sydney); arts journalist, Fairfax Press; director of public affairs, National Museum of Australia; senior policy advisor to Lord Mayor of Parramata (Sydney) Selda Ulanclar West Sussex County Times; freelance, The Doctor 1983 James Cusick Job Senior reporter, The Independent Course Diploma, 1982 What's your plan for this year? I'm with Woody Allen on this: the best way journalists can make God laugh is telling him about your plans. News has a bad habit of interrupting the best laid plans. But there are places I'd like to be at specific times. I've been in the United States covering the last three presidential elections, and come OctoberNovember, I'd like to be in Washington again confirming that Americans had the good sense to give Obama a second term. Will the increasing popularity of reading news online change journalism? That it will change journalism is a given. The good, the bad and the ugly, around since the Daily Courant and the Penny press, will, as before, find a new identity for a new technology. The adaptation trick will centre on the preservation of trust and values � and anyone who says they know how that evolution will progress is lying. `Online' news sources can mean looking for what you expect to find. The element of the accidental, the best part of a printed newspaper, is simply lost. 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I get to do so many different things every day. I'm dealing with the whole of the BBC. It's not just domestic politics. Sometimes it might be drama, sport, children's programmes. I have lots of opportunities. What's the most difficult thing you have encountered in your role? The biggest controversy was when we put the leader of the British National Party on Question Time. That was an argument that went to the heart of what the BBC's impartiality is. It was a decision that caused riots outside the Television Centre. It caused a split in the Cabinet and massive rows. It was the lead story in newspapers. Although the concept of impartiality sounds quite easy to make a judgement about, sometimes there are some very difficult judgements that can cause massive difficulties. Where's the place to be this year? Politics is really fascinating at the moment in Scotland. What's happening in Scotland is a real political moment for the next year or two. A lot of my time has been spent thinking about what impartiality means in this completely new context. 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When I was East Africa correspondent reporting on the genocide in Rwanda, and also the war in Somalia, which of course is still going on. That was perhaps the point where I felt I was doing the kind of thing one was supposed to do as a journalist � bringing information about things that people aren't looking at and trying to get people interested. I've also done a lot of reporting from Iraq at various stages. Again, a sense there about doing the most basic things about our craft. What makes a good war reporter? A good war reporter has to be prepared to take the risks that they have to do to get to see the thing. I haven't been as much in the front line as many, but I've had some close calls once or twice. You also have to look beyond the hysteria that war brings and try and get a clear picture of what's happening to the people caught up in it. What's the future of journalism? In the West generally, the newspaper model is a very difficult one to keep going. People expect to get for free what previously they would have paid for. You won't get proper journalism if you don't pay for it. I'm not sure it can subsist purely on advertising, paywall, subscription. Television, again the problem is that there are many 24-hour news channels now. In some ways, that has a corrosive effect on news. Radio is very immediate; you don't have the pictures to distract you. So I hope it has a future. 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BBC Radio 4; freelance; mother Miles Harrison BBC Radio Leeds; BBC Radio Sport; rugby union commentator, Sky Sports Neil MacDonald Channel 4 Business Daily; BBC Business Breakfast; business producer, Channel 4 News Sarah Oloway BBC Radio Julie Osborne GWR Radio (Swindon); freelance researcher and International Anne Augustine Westminster Social Services; Microsoft; head of sustainability, Edelman Banu Avar Avar/Onuk Productions (Istanbul); producer, TV 8; freelance Gladys Ayache Freelance (Paris); global assets, Bankers Trust Clarence Boom Unknown Philippa Bourke Freelance (USA, Japan); Japan Times Beth Burnard Unknown Magali Christol Unknown Sof Efuk BBC Africa Service Everest Ekong West Africa; founder, managing director, publisher, Business in Africa Beth Frankl Television Trust for the Environment (Boston); editor, Shambhala Publications Alemu Getachew Freelance Nazi Hashmi Postgraduate studies Alfred Hermida BBC World Service (North Africa); technology editor, BBC News Online Vusi Khumalo Died 1993 Penelope Koufopoulou Newscaster, Tele-City; teacher Franz Kruger East Cape News Agency (South Africa); South African Broadcasting Corporation; senior lecturer in journalism, Wits UN (South Africa); freelance, Daily Mail, The Guardian; web editor, purnalism.co.za; novelist Liliane Landor Researcher, Channel 4; BBC World Service; head of programmes, BBC Evridiki Makariou Editor, Hellenic Radio-Television Hilifa Mbako Communications director, Council of Churches in Namibia; head of radio, Namibian Broadcasting Corporation; news and current affairs controller, corporate & public affairs manager, Namdeb Diamond Corporation; general manager, Allianz Insurance Namibia Rashid Meer Died 1995 Xiao-Shu Meng Bromley Times; China News Omer Mohamed Freelance Adam Mwakangata Stringer, BBC (Tanzania) Ellen Nakashima Quincy Patriot Ledger (Boston); Hartford Courant; south east Asia bureau co-chief, 1989 Ellen Nakashima Job National security reporter, The Washington Post Course International, 1989 What's your plan for this year? To do some great journalism. What's your dream interview? A candid interview with Ayman al Zawahiri, or Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Ki from her home in Yangon. Who do you most admire in the media? Reporters who risk their lives to cover the story. Are we all doomed? No way. Just the 99 percent of us. 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teacher, Ackworth School Tim Jotischky Eastern Daily Press; executive news editor, Daily Mail; editor, Metro; editor, Scottish Daily Mail; editorial executive, head of sport, Daily Mail; deputy editor, The Sunday Telegraph Tim Knowles Woverhampton Express; Daily Mail; news editor, assistant editor, Scottish Daily Mail John Lawrence Lancashire Evening Post;Yorkshire Post; reporter, night editor, Wolverhampton Express; Daily Mail; editor, Femail.co.uk, Daily Mail Jason Lewis Home affairs correspondent, Birmingham Post; Daily Mail; chief investigative reporter, Whitehall correspondent, security and Whitehall editor, Mail on Sunday Linda McLean London news agency; freelance Ryan Mills Sports reporter, Bloomberg News; production journalist, ITV Anglia Natasha Narayan The Observer; The Independent; children's author Rahiel Nasir Editor, High Fidelity; Haymarket consumer magazines; publishing editor, What Hi Fi?; PR consultant; freelance Debbie-Sue Nicholls Birmingham Post and Mail Patrick O'Flynn Hull Daily Mail; 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sub editor, The Sun; deputy night editor, Daily Mirror Tanith Carey Ilford Recorder; chief reporter, Ealing Gazette; crime reporter, Brighton Evening Argus; women's editor, features editor, contributing features editor and consumer editor, US editor, Daily Mirror; executive editor, American Media; executive editor, National Enquirer; freelance; author Sarah Courtenay Freelance William Dunn Editor, Liv magazine Martina Hall Elle; freelance TV researcher; documentary producer, BBC History Unit; freelance producer and director Helen Halls Focus Group Newspapers; Solihull News; Birmingham News; Midland Weekly Newspapers; teacher; PR, Shell; promotions officer, Redditch Sure Start; media and communications officer, Redditch Borough council Douglas Hayward Pontefract & Castleford Express; Computing; Techwire online service; research analyst, Ouum; research manager, IDC Paula Hubert Design Week; BBC Leeds; Points of View, Here and Now, BBC; Channel 5 David Hudson-Wood Gloucestershire Echo; Redditch Advertiser; Daily Mail; sub editor, Worcester Evening News; sub editor, Berrows Worchester Journal Rebecca Jones Trainee, BBC; Anglia TV; reporter, arts correspondent, Berlin correspondent, BBC Catherine Kirk (n�e Beaumont) Leisure News; Nottingham Building Society; PR manager, Barclays Bank; freelance PR Sarah Knibbs Bookwatch;VSO (Cambodia); UNFPA; Save the Children Thomas Lappin Festival Times (Edinburgh); List Magazine; Scotland on Sunday; sports writer, The Scotsman; freelance Moyette Marrett Trainee, BBC; News Network (Budapest) Andrew Moore Islington Chronicle; Wigan Observer and Reporter; Lancashire Evening Post Polly Neate Editor, Community Care; executive director of external relations, Action for Children Francesca Nelson The Sunday Times; freelance; mother Catriona O'Shaughnessy Record Mirror; Select;The Independent;Time Out; deputy chief sub editor, Daily Express Jill Parsons The Lawyer; Bristol Mercury; Daily Mail; Mail on Sunday Mamta Patel GP; European Chemical News; Environmental Data Services; 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KCBC Radio (Kettering); Devonair; sports reporter, editor, BBC Midlands Jonathan Crawford Radio Aire; Essex Radio; BBC Essex; assistant editor, editor, BBC Radio 5 Live Rebecca Dare Sky Sport; Chrysalis Productions Deirdre Devlin Specialist factual editor, manager of production, BBC Claire Doole BBC Radio Norfolk; Europe Tonight; BBC World Service TV; BBC (Brussels, Geneva) Tessa Duggleby County Sound Radio; Pirate FM; news producer, BBC Radio Cornwall; BBC Radio Devon; presenter, BBC Parliament Richard Forrest Chiltern Radio; BBC World Service Serena Gay BBC Essex; news reader, Deutsche Welle TV Gavin Grey Devonair Radio; TVSW; Central TV; presenter, north editor, Meridian Tonight Dominic Groves Radio Orwell; senior broadcast journalist, BBC Westminster Susan How BBC Radio Kent Emma Howard Capital Radio; BBC Bedfordshire; BBC Radio 1; news correspondent, BBC Kimberley Jenkins BBC TV Sharon Maguire Channel 4 Media Show; Wall to Wall Television; director, Bridget Jone's Diary Melanie Mauthner LBC Radio; BSkyB; IRN; Radio Fox; Oxford researcher, University of London; lecturer, Open University; novelist Lawrence McDonnell BBC Kent; BBC Radio Four; BBC (Kiev); IRN (Moscow); ITN (Moscow) Elizabeth Mead Press officer, Lord Chancellor's Dept, Department of International Development Daniel Nathan Unknown Karen VanVuuren News, Superchannel (Germany) Annabelle Waller Freelance Beverley Webb Eurosport TV; Sky Sean Webster BBC Radio York International Jan Herman Baas De Echo (Amsterdam); Brabants Nieuwsblad (Breda); Gooi en Eemlander Sandra Baptiste Freelance Nadia Bilbassy Chief of the African Bureau, MBC TV Anne Borganetti Busisiwe Chaane Medical magazine Jennifer Caven Media manager, A4e Raffaele Dellagiacoma Colomboni Missions (Sunningale) Matroni Dikeakou Spectrum Radio; Hellenic TV; Zoofilia ke Fissiki 201; Kyriakatiki Eleftherotypia; NET/ET-1 (Athens); ERT/NET International 1990 Broadcast Sarah Barclay Youth Programme, Halfway to Paradise, Channel 4; BBC Scotland; film maker, BBC Panorama Flora Botsford Essex Radio; senior producer, BBC World Service; XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 77 Listings | 1990 - 1991 Hellenic TV; Zoofilia ke Fissiki 201; Kyriakatiki Eleftherotypia; NET/ET-1 (Athens); ERT/NET International Marta Escotet Spanish magazine; Director of Communications, MTV Networks (Latin America) Fernanda Godoy-Fonseca Jornal da Tarde (Sao Paulo); Folha de Sao Paulo; national news deputy editor, O Globo (Rio de Janeiro) Mayssoune Hachem Radio journalist; correspondent, LCI news network; TMC Monte Carlo Abigail Haworth BBC World Service; The Japan Times; senior international editor, Marie Claire (US) Signe Hotvedt (n�e Arntsen) Ministry of Education; internet editor, project manager, NRK (Norway); project manager, Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation Thalia Kartali Foreign news desk, ET (Greece); foreign news desk, Katherimini Amina Khairy Sawt Al Kuwait (London); Al Hayat (Cairo) Trish Knight Chernecki UTV (Vancouver); consultant, TKC Communications Jane Kokan Freelance; Financial Times TV; video journalist and director, Cross Border Productions Kyriacos Kouros Cyprus News Agency; deputy head of mission, Cypriot embassy in Greece; first secretary, Cypriot Ministry of Foreign Affairs; career diplomat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Cyprus); ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus Pearl Lee Communications lecturer Marla Levy Writer, owner, Brave New Worlds (Vancouver) Maritza Luque de Gonzalez Metal Bulletin; Ansa News Agency (Rome); Bloomberg (Lima); teacher, English for business and English for journalists, Universidad Del Pacifico (Lima); lecturer, Universidad Del Pacifico Nicholas Lyne Time Out Guide; advertising company (Madrid); Words and Pictures; EFE (Madrid); managing editor, English language edition, El Pais; author Paulo Lyra Brazilian news agency; communications co-ordinator, Latin America, World Wide Fund for Nature; consultant, Internatio; advisor, WHO; communications director, Pan American Health Organisation Andrew Marshall Tokyo Journal; freelance (Tokyo); Time Anita Mielewczyk CBC Radio; Fifth Estate; CBC TV (Toronto); producer, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; lawyer Elizabeth Mitsani Ermis Mass Media; Foundation for Hellenic Culture (Athens); press officer, Hellenic Foundation for Culture Kulbir Singh Natt Radio Netherlands; BBC World Service; BBC Worldwide Television (Hindi Department) Maria Panagiotopoulou BBC World Service; Sky TV (Athens); head of the press office for Athens and Epidaurus, Hellenic Festival SA Sofia Polhammer Nyhetsbyrab Direkt (Stockholm); Gramma; financial, political reporter and assistant news editor, Nyhetsbyr�n Direkt Grazia Romani Marketing Week; Il Picolo (Italy); European Commission Geraldine Sartin Liberation Rainer Schmidt BBC World Service; Zeit; deputy editor, Der Spiegel (Hamburg); deputy editor; MAX Magazine; deputy editor, Park Avenue Magazine; editor-in-chief, Rolling Stone, Musikexpress, Sounds Samuel Serwanga Head of human resources and editorial manager, New Vision (Kampala) Elana Shap Freelance, Jerusalem Post, Jerusalem Report, Retail.com; editor, Essence Magazine; Haaretz International Herald Tribune Georgios Terzis Freelance; editorin-chief, Touristiki Chalkidiki; editor-inchief, Maties sin T; assistant producer, Argo TV; correspondent, Greek State Radio; media programmes director,Vrije University; chair of communications, European Center for Common Ground Dominique Thierry Oil magazine; communications teacher (Fiji); EU and Nato correspondent, RFI; deputy head of the economic service, Radio France International; advisor, Radio Stoplus (Serbia); media programme co-ordinator; French Embassy (Belgrade); project consultant, Beta Press News Agency; project coordinator, Radio Television Serbia Muhammad Umar Assistant editor, sports section, The News (Lahore) home news journalist, Independent on Sunday; Scotland correspondent, The Guardian Robert Chote Economics columnist, The Independent; economics editor, Financial Times; speechwriter and adviser, International Monetary Fund; director, Institute for Fiscal Studies; chairman, Office for Budget Responsibility Naomi Coke Yomiuri Shimbun; The Daily Yomiuri (Tokyo); PhD Helena De Bertodano EFE News Agency (Spain); The Sunday Telegraph Mandy Garner Book Researcher; P.E.N. International; Enfield Gazette; social affairs, BBC News; features editor, deputy editor, Times Higher Educational Supplement; editor, Working Mums Alexandra Goodwin Eastern Daily Press Michael Harvey Press Association; Daily Mail; news editor, features editor, The Times Alex Hunt Gloucester Echo; Liverpool Daily Post and Echo; business reporter, assistant editor, politics, BBC News Online Emma Jones BBC Watchdog; producer,The Money Programme, BBC Karl Lindemann Associated Press (Warsaw, Bonn) Marianne Macdonald Yorkshire Post;The Independent;The Observer, Life;The Mail on Sunday; features,The Sunday Telegraph Vincent Moss Bristol Evening Post; Mail on Sunday; freelance, Sunday Mirror, The People, House of Commons; political editor, Sunday Mirror Heather Prentice Visnews; UPI (London); Agence France Presse (London); correspondent, Reuters (Milan); Sportswear International (Milan) Gillian Sanders Southern Evening Echo; Childline; Oxford University Press Darius Sinai Johannesburg Star; Agence France Presse (Johannesburg, Cyprus); The European; The Independent; Esquire; editor, Gold, Escape; editor-in-chief, contract publications, Cond� Nast Lesley Thomas The Voice; The Sunday Times; features editor, Life magazine; features editor, Daily Express; editor, Daily Express Magazine; deputy editor, Sunday Times News Review; consulting editor, columnist, The Daily Telegraph; editor, Weekend (The Times) Alice Thomson The Times; associate editor, columnist, The Daily Telegraph Tessa Williams Lively Times; Woman's Journal Macuser.co.uk Angela Bell Media studies lecturer, West Kent College; journalism and communication lecturer, Southampton Institute Richard Benson The Independent; The Face; contributing editor, Evening Standard; GQ; cultural consultant, The Face; freelance, The Observer, The Daily Telegraph, The New York Times, Vogue, GQ; author Karen Benveniste BBC Pebble Mill; BBC Newsround; Take Two; Fan TC; TV producer, Capricorn; series producer, BBC Crimewatch; director, Vanilla Film Production Julian Blake Inside Housing; editor, Roof Magazine; editor, London Bulletin; corporate communications manager; Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment Jane Bruton Chat; Wedding and Home; Prima; editor, Living Etc; editor, Eve; editor, Grazia Christina Bunce GP; director, Mediamedica; course leader, MA Professional Writing, University College Falmouth Leigh Chambers Fascination; press officer, British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering; head of communications, Muscular Dystrophy Campaign; freelance PR and writing Catherine Cooper Freelance, The Sunday Times, Financial Times, Times Higher Education Supplement; senior reporter, Merger Market Robert Crampton Columnist, The Saturday Times Magazine; interviewer and columnist, The Times Sophie Davies Freelance; NHK Jules Japanese Broadcasting Corp; Just Seventeen; features editor, features director, Elle Decoration Kathryn Godfrey Nursing Times; freelance health writer and editor; clinical editor, Nursing Times Siobhan Gonzales (n�e Bullick) Arts reporter, BBC Scotland; features, arts and music, BBC (London, Cardiff, Bristol); freelance (Brussels) Michele Hart Director, Michele Hart PR Russell Hodson Unknown Tim Hollis Citrus Publishing; Hollis Directories; Asian Sources; Electronic News; Elle Decoration; Sky TV Guide Sarah Jarvis (n�e Anderson) AA Guide to France; freelance Prudence Jeffreys Teacher; Harper Collins; publicity manager, senior press and PR manager, Transworld Geraint John City Limits; Advertiser North London Group; Harrington Kilbride; People Management; editor-in-chief, Supply Management; editor-in-chief, Redactive Media Group James Kingsland Medical Monitor; Doctor Magazine; editor, Inside Science; editor, New Scientist; freelance, Nature, New Scientist, Nursing Times; science production Newspaper Samira Ahmed Trainee, BBC; BBC World Service TV; BBC Newsnight; Deutsche Welle TV (Berlin); BBC News 24; presenter, reporter, Channel 4 News; freelance Matthew Bigg Press Association; Good Shepherds Mission; freelance; senior producer, sub editor, Reuters (Ivory Coast, Nairobi, London); bureau chief, Reuters (Atlanta) Melanie Birch Bournemouth Evening Echo; editor, Scripture Union; freelance, Christian Press Rachel Borrill Independent on Sunday; Irish Times (London); Ireland on Sunday Yossarian Brain Coventry Evening Telegraph; Bolivian mountain guide and travel author; died 1999 Yolanda Brooks (n�e Day) Winchester Gazette; RSPCA publications; Cambridge Evening News; Hobson Publishing; resources editor, commissioning editor, deputy editor, Times Educational Supplement; freelance Severin Carrell The Scotsman; lobby journalist, Scotland On Sunday; Periodical Stephen Armstrong Media Week; Evening Standard; London News Radio; freelance, Wallpaper, The Face, Sunday Times, GLR Simon Aughton Online editor, 78 / XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM editor, the Guardian; executive consultant, State of Flux Ltd Lee Kynaston Mizz; editor, 19; deputy editor, Men's Health; freelance Amanda Linfoot Senior sub editor, Media Week; deputy chief sub editor, House Beautiful; chief sub editor, Marie Claire; The Guardian; chief sub-editor, The Times magazine Claire Maloney TV Quick; RSPCA; Paragan Communications; William Reed Publishing; freelance, Hello!, British Council, Ink Maria Manning New Statesman & Society; freelance Lindsay McClintock Copywriter; Ulster Grocer; The Grocer; retired Richard Miles Freelance; Computing; Money Marketing; the Guardian; deputy personal finance editor, investment editor, The Times; director of communications, Fidelity; The Times Tracy Mourant (n�e Audrain) Jersey newspaper; The Standard (Hong Kong); The Eastern Express; DIA; PR and media training consultant John Mulvey Freelance; NME; music reviews editor, Uncut Amy Raphael Editor, The Face; feature editor, Elle; freelance, The Observer, The Guardian, Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, Elle; editor-at-large, Esquire Clark Siewert American Banker; lawyer Miriam Stoppard Lifetime; editor, Just For Nurses; programme leader, postgraduate student, Falmouth College of Arts; John Thompson Local London paper; founder, owner, managing director, Mousetrap Publishing Services; publisher, Journalism.co.uk Tim Turner TV Listings; Runners' World; deputy editor, Sky Magazine; freelance; editor, Barclays magazine; editor, Forward Publishing; freelance Broadcast Suzanne Balaban (n�e Levy) Trainee, BBC; features editor, The Big Breakfast, Channel 4; publicity director, William Morrow, Harper Collins; director of publicity, Scribner, Simon & Schuster Malcolm Brown Mercury Radio; Star FM; London News Network; News Direct; correspondent, Feature Story News Agency Emma Coker (n�e CannonBrookes) Freelance; BBC Radio 4; property manager Emily Curtis BBC Radio; freelance Anne-Marie Drozdz Clerk Tom Feilden BBC Radio Oxford; BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat; science and environment correspondent, The Today Programme, BBC Radio 4 Gordon Fudge Essex Radio; BBC TV Trails; Presentation; BBC Radio 4; BBC Marketing Sarah Gorrell Isle of Wight Radio; BBC Radio Cornwall; presenter, BBC Southern Counties Radio Andrew Guy Red Dragon Radio; insurance Andrew Harding NBC Radio; Moscow correspondent, East African correspondent, Asian correspondent, BBC Georgina Johnson Voice of Peace Radio Tessa Mayes Investigative reporter, Renegade Pictures Lainy Malkani (n�e Bridgelall) LBC Talkback; GLR; BBC London; BBC News 24; public affairs officer, Commonwealth Secretariat Paula McCann BBC Bedfordshire; producer, senior broadcast journalist, BBC Radio 5 Live Becky Milligan BBC Radio Surrey; World at One, BBC Radio 4 Niels-Ole Rasmussen Producer, Scansat; director, Copenhagen film and TV company Robyn Read BBC Northampton; senior producer, Kaleidoscope; producer, Front Row, BBC Radio 4 Camila Reed Freelance; IRN Radio Stations; BBC World Service; Haznews; Packaging News; Metal Bulletin; UK Equities correspondent, commodities editor, Reuters James Westhead BBC Radio Kent; BBC South East; health, education, family, Washington correspondent, BBC News Sally White BBC World Service TV; BBC 9 O'Clock News; producer, broadcast journalist, BBC News Online; freelance Lynne Wilson Radio Hallam; BBC Northampton; community editor, assistant editor, acting managing editor, BBC Essex Caroline Wyatt Trainee (Bann, Berlin, Moscow, Paris), Bonn correspondent, defence correspondent, BBC Samira Ahmed Job Freelance Course Newspaper, 1990 What's your plan for this year? Enjoying life as a freelance reporter and interviewer, doing my mix of political and cultural journalism and teaching at Kingston University, where I'm a visiting Professor of Journalism. From BBC Radio 4 news and current affairs programmes, to presenting some Proms for BBC4 and writing features for the national press. I am also writing my first regular column - monthly in The Big Issue. Your thoughts on the future of print publications? Not good. It really saddens me to see such excellent papers as The Guardian and The Independent getting thinner and thinner. And the weekly magazines like Time and Newsweek barely alive. On the other hand, there is some hideous exploitation in some profitable magazines. I am appalled at the exploitation of young writers, while old dinosaurs get massive salaries for often poor quality work. Has the phone hacking scandal irreparably damaged the integrity of journalism? No. There was nothing that emerged from hackgate that most of us didn't know deep down. All the scandal was already illegal under existing law. I would rather be a British hack than a sanctimonious French or an American one. Though I'd rather like to have the USA's protection of freedom of speech enshrined in law. If Leveson paves the way for libel reform, it's a start. Are journalists doomed? When online organisations like The Huffington Post make millions from original content without paying contributors for it, and most people seem not to mind, I do wonder. More and more I feel the early decision by most news organisations not to charge for online content was a huge mistake. It established the principle that it's all for free. Good journalism is worth paying for, but I fear it's too late to make people see that. REBECCA LLOYD International Soraya Abdullah Family business; Melewar Spex Sdn. Bhd. Oma Amurun Unknown Nii Asare-Addy Data processing company supervisor; London Press Service; PhD student and economics and social science lecturer, Westminster Business School Adriana Barentsen Deutschlandfunk; freelance translator Giuseppe Bertoncello Knight Ridder News Agency (Rome); Moneyland Telerade; news editor, Telerate Italia Ilona Biro Mexico City News; Greenpeace; freelance (Toronto); lifestyle producer, Excite Canada; freelance, Globe and Mail; National Post; Homemakers; welcome screen editor, AOL Canada Filomena Avelina-Bomfim Green Press; professor, Universidade Federal de Sao Joao Del Rei Chien-kuo Chang China Broadcasting Corporation Cherif Cordahi Unkown Robert Conway Unknown Vanessa Chen Hong Kong Trade Margaret Evans Unknown Elisabeth Hansen editor, Egmont Publishing Ayesha Haroon Reuters; features editor, The Frontier Post; special correspondent; op-ed section editor, resident editor; editorial assistant, The Nation Siv Haugan Natur Og Ungdorn/ NRK (Oslo); information editor; Maritim Records; senior adviser, Research Council of Norway Frank Huetten Postgraduate studies; Norddeutscher Rundfunk (Hamburg); editor for EU-affairs, Dow Jones Newswires Tabasim Hussain Reuters (Tanzania); TV researcher Madeline Jenkins-Millard Da Vinci Quartet Operations Manager; Colorado Institute for Technology Transfer and Implementation; freelance; semi retired Mandy Kibel CNN Production Assistant 1991 XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 79 Listings | 1991 - 1992 Maritza Luque de Gonzalez Lecturer, Universidad del Pacifico; lecturer, ESAN (Lima) Kyriacos Kouros Head of Middle East department, Foreign Ministry of Cyprus Virginia Marsh Eastern Europe stringer, Financial Times; The Economist; Australia-Pacific correspondent, Financial Times Elisabeth Mitsani Foundation for Hellenic Culture Christine Mordret Freelance (Paris); Hommes et Migrations; sub editor Valerie Msoka Radio Tanzania; Swahili unit, news programmes, BBC World Service Leone Ross The Voice; London Weekend Television; Sybil; novelist and teacher Camilla Rossak Freelance (Mexico); NORAD (Oslo) Frank Schopman Unknown Mercedes Silva Centro de Informa��es (Sao Paulo); Gazeta Mercantil Robert Slagt Akzo News and Views; Associated Press (Amsterdam); RTL4 (Amsterdam); Metro Holland; freelance and journalism teacher Daan Van Lent Milieu Magazine; Food magazine; FEM; De Week (Amsterdam); NRC Handelsblad; business editor, senior editor, Reed Business Information; investigative journalist, NRC Handelsblad Jules Van Os Radio Newsservice (Amsterdam); National Broadcast Organisation (Amsterdam); Radio Netherlands; Storms Factory; journalist, editor, NOS Nieuws; senior press officer, Oxfam Novib Annajet Van Der Zijl HP/De Tijd; author Maria Vassiliou Unknown Grace Bradberry The Sunday Times; Los Angeles correspondent, The Times; Daily Mail (Los Angeles); The Times Anna Brown Teacher Dollan Cannell Walden Show; London Weekend Television; Juniper TV; Twenty Twenty television Ion Dagtogloude Carteret Bank Vikram Dodd Daily Awaz; freelance, BBC Radio 5 Live, The Observer, Today, Euronews, Evening Standard, The Voice; crime correspondent, The Guardian Caroline Doughty (n�e Smith) Reuters (London, Amsterdam, Zagreb); editor, Justgiving.com Imogen Edwards-Jones Live TV; BBC Radio 4; Punch; arts writer, The Times; freelance; novelist Jasper Gerard-Sharp The Sunday Times; The Daily Telegraph; Daily Express; diary editor, The Times; The Spectator; chief interviewer, columnist, diarist, The Sunday Times; columnist, The Observer Tania Glyde Freelance; novelist Richard Good National News Agency; Agence France Presse (Paris); Euronews Simon Greenberg Hornsey Journal; The Mail on Sunday; head of sport, News of the World; assistant editor, Evening Standard Martin Hennessey The Mail on Sunday; comedy and drama writer; freelance web journalist; managing director, The Writer Meg Hillier South Yorkshire Times; P&O Ferries; Newlon Housing Group; editor,Voluntary Housing; features editor, Housing Today; freelance PR; mayor of Islington; member, London Assembly; MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch, Home Office minister; shadow secretary of state for energy and climate change Shelley Jofre BBC Scotland; BBC Newsnight; BBC Frontline Scotland; BBC Panorama Saeeda Khanum Unknown Timothy Lawrence Week in Politics; Financial Times; BBC Newsnight; freelance (New York); PhD, University of Surrey Jane Martinson South Wales Echo; Financial Times; media writer, New York correspondent, city news editor, media editor, The Guardian Yvonne McKenley PR Joanna Nicholls (n�e Ralphs) Western Morning News; The Sunday Telegraph; freelance Rebecca Pike The Mail on Sunday; Wolverhampton Express & Star; The Daily Telegraph; the Today Programme, BBC Radio 4; BBC News 24; business presenter, BBC Radio 2 Andrew Robson Charter 88; NOSBOR; principal consultant, Eworking; principal editor; Media Arm Simon Rogers Centaur Newsletters; The Lawyer; The Big Issue; deputy online editor, The Guardian; assistant news editor, editor, Life; online data editor, The Guardian Kate Watson-Smyth The Independent; senior press officer, Railtrack; 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Toronto Globe and Mail Gary Younge New York correspondent, feature writer, columnist, The Guardian; feature writer, The Observer Periodical Gary Allden Dubai Magazine; Airtrade; PR, Wolff Olins; PR, Smith & Jones Communications; corporate communications director, Gillette; corporate director, corporate marketing director, Hewlett Packard Richard Arnold Freelance, Inside Soap, BBC Radio 5 Live, GMTV; DJ, Radio Liberty; freelance, TV Quick, TV Times, More!, Bauer Publishing; presenter, GMTV Susie Boone Vox; Top of The Pops; Tomorrow's World; editor, BBC Parenting Magazine; editor, Catherine Jones Job Health correspondent, Channel Five News Course Broadcast, 1994 What was your dream job when you were 10? I didn't even begin to get career-minded until I went to university. I'd like to think that being responsive to a changing situation, rather than focused on a specific goal, is a virtue in a journalist. Why did you decide to be a journalist? Student politics got me fired up about big issues affecting people's lives. Then I realised that drawing other people's attention to these issues by writing about them gave me more satisfaction than organizing marches or making posters. So I ditched politics for journalism. Where's the place to be this year and why? On Twitter and on websites like 38degrees, Edge.org or AlterNet. When big cultural or attitudinal shifts are underway, you can't be left behind. Are journalists doomed? Not at all. There will always have to be someone sorting the important facts from the irrelevant ones. But don't ask me to predict how journalism will be organised, funded, transmitted or digested in the future - that's far too hard. VESELA GLADICHEVA XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 83 Listings | 1993 - 1994 Practical Parenting; editorial director, Immediate Media Paola Buonadonna Freelance, The European Magazine; Europe reporter, The Politics Show, BBC; head of press, UK Information Office of the European Parliament Mark Campanile Halesowen Chronicle; Edinburgh Herald & Post; deputy chief sub editor, chief sub editor, Edinburgh Evening News Tamsin Constable PR, RSPCA; BBC Wildlife Magazine; WENN; editor, Glamour, BBC Wildlife, The Independent Jennifer Cook Freelance James Corrigan South Wales Echo; Independent on Sunday; associate sports editor, The Independent; sports writer, golf correspondent, The Independent on Sunday Kathryn Dale Sales Promotion magazine Deanna Delamotta Express Series; Derby Evening Telegraph; women's editor, Shropshire Star; features editor, head of features, Manchester Evening News Sharmila Devi Rampeearee Agence France Presse; Agence France/Extel Financial; Bloomberg News (London); sub editor, Jerusalem correspondent, Financial Times Joelle Diderich Market News Service; 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BBC Travel News; office secretary, BBC; BBC World Service; Apollo, BBC Vicky Candlin BBC Radio (Kent, South East); reporter and producer, BBC Patrick Collerton BBC Manchester; managing director, film maker, Yipp Films Thomas Fredericks BBC Radio Sussex & Surrey; BBC Southern Counties Radio; South TV; freelance media consultant; senior producer, BBC News Claire Gibson BBC Radio Suffolk; news editor, BBC Southern Counties Radio; regional network producer, BBC News Southern England; producer, BBC News Rachel Gravesen (n�e Curtis) BBC Radio Sussex & Surrey; presenter and editor, CNBC Nordic Rachel Hermer Freelance; arts and music researcher, director, BBC TV (Wales); editorial policy advisor, BBC; TV producer and director Lisa Hinton BBC Newsnight; The Digital Village Miranda Holt BBC Radio Scotland; World at One, BBC Radio 4; editor's assistant, The Today Programme, BBC Radio 4; assistant news editor, BBC Newsnight; assistant editor, Daily Politics, BBC News Christine Huff BBC Radio Sheffield Kate Linderholm Freelance, Asthma News, Mercia FM, BBC Radio Sheffield; district producer, BBC Doncaster and Rotherham; district producer and journalist, BBC Radio Sheffield Natalie Maynes Producer, BBC Northern Ireland Susannah Osborne Unknown Scott Solder Producer, reporter, LBC Radio; broadcast journalist, BBC News; assistant editor, BBC Radio 5 Live; breakfast programme editor, programme controller, LBC 97.3 FM; communications consultant, You Need This; editor, BBC Radio 5 Live Tiffani Spira (n�e Cave) BBC Radio Gloucestershire Christopher Whipp Reading and Cornwall Express; freelance Tracy Williams Beacon Radio Victoria Stagg Elliott Job Senior reporter, American Medical News Course International, 1998 What's the best thing about being a journalist? The constant sense of discovery and being there as history unfolds. What regrets, if any, do you have about your career choice? None. I kind of wish I knew more about computer program coding, but I'm learning. Your thoughts on the future of print publications? There is a future for print, but it's not going to be anything like the past. Are journalists doomed? No. I became a journalist because I wanted to tell the stories that were not being told by people who didn't have a voice. More people have voices in our new media world, but there will be always be demand for particularly good story-tellers and information-seekers. VESELA GLADICHEVA Broadcast Robert Ambrose BBC Radio Humberside; BBC TV (Leeds); training and editorial development manager, ENPS; Associated Press; media production senior consultant, Siemens IT Solutions & Services; media and entertainment industry director, Oracle Tanya Arnold Sports reporter, Look North, BBC Leeds Elizabeth Ayto Laverack West Country TV; GMTV; owner, NCI Management; managing director, Media Ambitions Public Relations International Paula Adamick Toronto Star; The Evening Standard; owner and managing editor, The Canada Post Furat Al Jamil University lecturer; information officer, UN Assistance Mission for Iraq; scriptwriter; filmmaker Roberta Almeida Unknown Rukhsana Aslam Staff 1994 84 / XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM correspondent, News International (Islamabad); media and diplomacy advisor, British High Commission (Islamabad); assistant professor, Fatima Jinnah University Alison Barber Western Morning News; sheep and wool editor, senior journalist, Stock & Land Shadrack Bulimo Managing director, consulting editor, Google Jayson Carcione Reuters (Mexico); sub editor, deputy night editor, The Irish Examiner Brian Carroll Deputy editor, The Irish Examiner; managing editor, Triple Line Consulting Kit-Yi Chan Public information officer, Legislative Council Hong Kong; student, Evangel Seminary (Hong Kong) Alejandra Conti International news editor, La Voz del Interior Hua Dai STV; IBS News (Shanghai); director, International Broadcasting Service; Shanghai Broadcasting Network (SBN); vice president, managing director, Walt Disney TV International (China) Lucia de Barros Unknown Claire Dowdy Reporter, news editor, features editor, Design Week; intelligence news editor, architecture news editor, freelance, Wallpaper Thomas Eckert Mexico correspondent, Radio Canada Elizabeth Elder Consolidated Communications Management; Nexus Public Relations; PR, Elder Catering and Hospitality Organisation; mother Carlotta Gall Stringer, Financial Times; The Economist (Russia and Central Asia); reporter, Moscow Times; Pakistan and Afghanistan correspondent, The New York Times Armelle Giraud Assurance Maladie (Lyon); Equilibre; Arbonne de Laurencin; freelance, webmaster, Grand Lyon Technopole Billy Giwa Focus magazine Claire Grant (n�e Clarke) Overseas publication editor, The Gleaner Company; reporter, The Gleaner/Sunday Gleaner (Jamaica); editor, The Star (Jamaica); marketing and sales manager, Television Jamaica Lucy Hawking Daily Mail; New York Magazine; novelist; freelance, Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, The Times, Radio 5 Live Ayesha Ikram Unknown Pav Jordan The News (Mexico); The New York Times; Bloomberg (Toronto); commodities correspondent, Reuters (Mexico, Central America, Chile) Donna Kuin (n�e Varrica) PR, Concordia University (Montreal); head of public relations, SNC-Lavalin Group; director of public relations, Dawson College Frank Kuin Canada correspondent, NRC-Handelsblad (The Netherlands) Leiv Lie Freelance, Rogalands Avis; Stavanger correspondent, Dagbladet (Norway) Anne Ligner Unknown Tosca Looby HTV (Bristol); freelance documentary maker; volunteer mediator (Sydney) Simonetta Nardin Reuters (Rome); editor, International Monetary Fund (Washington) Hiroshi Otabe Supervising photo editor, Associated Press (Tokyo) Katja Pantzar The European (Finland); Quill & Quire (Toronto); writer, Sanoma (Finland) Milica Pesic AIN Agency; Radio Free Europe; FJ project co-ordinator; consultant, European Centre for War; European consultant, Peace and the News Media; executive director, Diversity Media Institute Moyna Sen Basu Freelance, The Daily Telegraph (India) Malcolm Shearmur Swiss Radio International; reporter, bureau chief, Bloomberg (Zurich); investing reporter, Bloomberg (Geneva) Zeng Shuping Publishing office, International Department of Ministry and Labour; editor, Chinese Trade Union Yvette Sitten The Sunday Times; Television Corporation of Singapore; Media Corp TV; producer, Wayward Media Astri Sivertsen Microscope; news editor, Statoil ASA; web editor, Norwegian Polar Institute; freelance Santhra Somanath Freelance Mineko Takiguchi Lecturer Pemra Ulkumen Unknown Sandra Wolf Wolf Media Lounge Yuan Zhang Radio Beijing; 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The Times; director, and Associated Press (Caribbean); Conterforum; deputy director, editor, The Surfer's Path economics and social policy director, Centre for European Reform Danny Penman The Independent; freelance, Sunday Express, The Mail on Sunday Samantha Roberts Metro; Stafford Chronicle Sarah Shannon Private Eye; Evening Standard; Daily Express Christine Smith Money Marketing; senior news reporter, Broadcast; TV showbiz writer, Daily Mirror; The Sun; features, Daily Mirror; freelance celebrity interviewer Enver Solomon Producer, south east Asia correspondent, BBC World Service; reporter, senior producer, The World Tonight, BBC Radio 4; press and policy manager, Prison Reform Trust Rupert Steiner The Sunday Times; The Sunday Express; The Business; chief city correspondent, Daily Mail Clare Sumner Private secretary to Jack Straw, Home Office; private secretary to Tony Blair; performance and communications director, Her Majesty's Court Service Periodical Jane Barber Computing; Network News; Economist Group, CFO Europe; marketing, University of Northern Arizona Nicholas Barber Freelance, The Guardian, The Scotsman, The Independent, Esquire, Independent on Sunday; comedy writer, BBC; freelance Alison Baycock Business Opportunity World; Retail Newsagent; senior writer, The Inside Page; director, Alison Baycock Communications; consultant Katharine Braham Warfdale and Airedale Observer Frances Brierley You; mother; Pravda Advertising; freelance Elaine Carlton Assistant producer, Tonight with Trevor McDonald; London Weekend Television; Times Educational Supplement; news, city desk, Evening Standard; producer, Tonight with Trevor McDonald; freelance development producer Jeremy Case NME; Walthamstow Guardian & Gazette; Sky; Ministry; More!; Icons football website; author; assistant editor, Elle Girl; freelance sports sub editor, Sunday Mirror; deputy editor, editor, Wallpaper City Guides Matthew Coppock Walthamstow Guardian & Gazette; production editor, Sky; production editor, More!; 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Andrew Duck Camden New Journal; Top of the Pops; XL for Men; Ministry; Esquire; The Face; freelance, Big Issue, The Observer, Time Europe, Grand Designs; Emap Elan; communications officer, Active Sussex Celia Duncan Freelance, The Face, Arena; Screen International; Company; CosmoGirl!; acting associate editor, XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 85 Listings | 1994 - 1995 Vogue; deputy editor, The Times magazine Jonathan Evans Classic and Sports Car; Autocar; Racing Line; Stuff; deputy editor, What Hi-Fi?; editor, Jaguar; automative group editor, Haymarket Network; managing editor, What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision Tania Hershman Jerusalem Post; Tornado Insider; The Daily Telegraph; Business 2.0; Upside; BYTE; Wired; associate editor, Israel.internet.com; Israel Hi-Tech Investor; freelance technology correspondent, Wired; Israel news correspondent; MA, creative writing; freelance, MIT Technology Review, Business 2.0, Jerusalem report; Israel 2/c.com; novelist; writer in residence, Bristol University Jeremy Hunt Property Week; chief property writer, deputy features editor, Sunday Business; business profile writer, Sunday Express; writer, The Times Adeline Iziren Retail Jeweller; The Voice; freelance, The Guardian, Daily Mirror, CNN, Teletext, Evening Standard, Daily Mail; managing editor, Nang!; Rise, The Guardian; columnist, Candis; Financial Mail on Sunday; managing director, SmartGrads Isobel Jacobs Everywoman; Daily Mail; Green Guide to London; shopping editor, fashion editor, Metro; editor, Hot Style and Metro focus Andrew Johnson Inside Housing; freelance, The Independent on Sunday; deputy editor, Camden New Journal Gemma Mitchell (n�e Heggs) Everywoman; Direct Marketing Agency; graphic design student; freelance, Daily Mail, Big Issue; graphic designer, SS&K (New York) Zoe Moore Beme.com; Homes and Ideas; Daily Express; The Times; FHM Collections; mother Samantha Oakley (n�e Clark) Daily Express; The Sun; Royal Academic of Art; freelance, Today, She, Cosmopolitan; exhibition organiser, Hermitage Development Trust; freelance exhibition organizer David Parsley Property Week; The Mail on Sunday; business desk, The Sunday Times; business editor, Sunday Express; editor, City AM; founder, chief executive, Parsleymedia Morag Preston The Times; Daily Express; The Independent; Cosmopolitan; US correspondent, The Times; freelance (US) Nicholas Rushworth Agence France Presse (Paris); Euronews TV; freelance (Paris) Lorna Russell Everywoman; Sibyl; Time Out; The Guardian; Channel 4; freelance, The Face; assistant editor, deputy editor, Big Issue; MA in social work, University of Sussex; 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Times Media Limited; Cape Talk; deputy editor, Fairlady; publisher, Jonathan Ball Illustrated Books/Sunbird Publishers; freelance Samuel Obbo New Vision (Kampala); chief news editor, WBS Television; news editor, The Voice; directory editor, Independent Media; copy editor, deputy editor, The Sunday Monitor; editor, director, media consultant, Alpha Media; Institute of Corporate Governance Hiroshi Otabe Associated Press (Tokyo) Joakim Palmkvist Sports reporter, sub editor, reporter, Barometern; reporter, Sydsvenska Dagbladet Enzo Pelosi Unknown Dorien Pels Local radio (Amsterdam); news reporter, Trouw (Holland) Sigrun Rottmann Associated Press (Frankfurt); Latin American correspondent, Frankfurter Rundschau; freelance journalist and consultant, ActionAid; broadcast journalist, BBC World Service and Current Affairs Inger-Johanne Saeterdal Freelance translator and editor in English, Swedish and Danish Despina Taxiarchi Sales manager, Real Consulting George Terzis Aristotle University Basis Advertising Elizabeth Thomas-Raynaud Freelance,Van City Public Affairs; communications manager, British Columbia Medical Association; policy manager, International Chamber of Commerce (Paris) Karijn Van den Bossche New media consultant, Bartels Verdonk Impuls/BBDO Amstelveen (Netherlands); account manager, Explainer DC; senior account manager, Bone Advertising; senior project manager, Proximity Pekka Vanttinen Nordicum; freelance, Metro, Helsinki Happens, The Daily Telegraph,Visio, Nokia, Image, Anna, Bisnes.fi, Northern Enterprise, Theatre; contributing editor; Image Publishing, Helsinki Happens; contributer, A4 Media John Walenga Indigenous People's Business Council Andrew Webb-Vidal Plymouth Evening Herald; Bloomberg News; Latin America correspondent, Financial Times, Jane's Intelligence Review; Columbia correspondant, Financial Times Andrew Bailey Job Head of news and breakfast news presenter, Absolute Radio Course Broadcast, 1999 What's your dream interview? I suspect legendary former CNN host Larry King would have an amazing array of anecdotes to tell. Getting a one-to-one with Prince Harry would be an experience - I would offer beer and take it from there. I'd also like to sit down with Star Wars director George Lucas and ask him what the hell was going through his mind when he created the character Jar Jar Binks. Where's the best place to be this year? Right here in London. Whether you agree with the funding of the Olympics or the Diamond Jubilee, London is the place to be during 2012. There will be celebrations, tantrums, sport, music and flag waving � plus a potentially massive logistical nightmare for our capital city - we won't be short of stories to tell. 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BBC Westminster; senior reporter, producer, community and social affairs correspondent, BBC News Online; home affairs correspondent, BBC News Adrian Dalingwater Researcher, Stateside News (Washington DC); reporter, Western Mail (Cardiff); BBC Online; sub editor, sharecast.com; senior broadcast journalist, BBC Sophia Ewen Broadcast journalist, BBC Radio Humberside Carlos Grande Deputy editor, New Media Markets; reporter, Western Morning News (Plymouth); editor, Creative Business; senior companies correspondent, marketing correspondent, Financial Times James Harding Financial Times (Shanghai); media correspondent, Financial Times (London); Washington bureau chief, Financial Times; editor, The Times Emma Hartley Western Morning News; sub editor, The Times; author, associate editor, Telegraph; inventor, 24hourlondon.co.uk Liam Heagney Sports editor, The Roscommon Herald; deputy sports editor, Irish Mail on Sunday Rebecca Hopkins Hull Daily Mail; Anglia TV; BBC Look North; producer, freelance, BBC Breakfast News Mark Jagasia Evening Standard; show-business editor, Daily Express; screenwriter Adam Jones The Sunday Times; consumer industries correspondent, Financial Times; Financial Times (Paris) Victor Kremer Bond's Week (New York); kibbutzreloaded.com Leyla Linton The Times; European Voice; The Express (Brussels); assistant foreign editor, Americas desk editor, The Independent; Associated Press (New York) Angharad Lynn (n�e ap Gwilym) Daily Express; freelance, Daily Express, The Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday, Prima Baby, Junior, She; solicitor, Buss Murton Law LLP Rifat Malik East; freelance, Eastern Eye; Ministry Magazine John Maslen Welwyn Hatfield Times; Hertfordshire Mercury; deputy editor, editor, supplement manager, and event manager, Fleet News Jenny McCartney Prospect; columnist and film critic, The Sunday Telegraph Barry Mcllheney Chief executive, Periodical Publishers Association Geraldine Murray Scotland on Sunday; The Scotsman; The Sunday Times (Scotland) Daniel Norris Senior payments officer, welfare rights officer, Camden Council Megan Nurse Assistant director, Greater Manchester Police; 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I've been a freelance broadcast journalist for 10 years now, and probably worked for all the TV production companies in Paris. But I've recently had my first 52' film aired on France T�l�visions, dealing with the biggest break-in of the millenium, and it was an achievement. What do you like most about your job? I love the behind-the-scenes access. For example, I can spend a day shooting in the Ch�teau de Versailles, during closing hours � just me, my crew and a PR � freely walking in the empty room of Marie Antoinette. I feel so privileged. What's your plan for this year? I'm now directing a documentary about Victor Hugo, and will travel to Guernsey in a few days. It will be aired over the summer on national channel France 2, in the series Secret d'Histoire. 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The people you get to meet and the stories they tell you, some of which can be really inspiring. And there are the unusual experiences you wouldn't otherwise have. Some of my most memorable moments include running down the players' tunnel at the Emirates Stadium in high heels chasing the Duke of Edinburgh and seeing polar bears up close. Will the increasing popularity of reading news online change journalism for the better or the worse? People getting their news online enables them to exercise more choice over what they are interested in finding out about, rather than the agenda being controlled quite so much by newsdesks. Online news gives the opportunity for far more stories to get a hearing, which is a good thing, but with journalists expected to produce more copy in the same amount - or even less - time, along with the blurring of boundaries between news, blogging and comments, we're more likely to see misinformation and inaccuracy. Are journalists doomed? It's hard to see where journalism is heading, and how the industry will adapt to these "interesting times" we're living through, and find ways to make money and pay journalists, but I'm an optimist and I think that the tradition of vibrant, free journalism in the UK is strong enough to survive. 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sub editor, deputy editor,Yachts & Yachting Herpreet Kaur Grewal Home news reporter, The Times; reporter, London Voice; reporter, Eastern Eye; freelance, Guardian Society; reporter, Regeneration & Renewal; Freelance, The Guardian, The Observer Charlie Hamilton Reporter, Press Association; senior reporter, The National (Abu Dhabi) Kate Haywood Commodities reporter, Reuters; deputy editor, Telecom finance; IFR; senior reporter, Thompson Financial; reporter, The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Matt Hughes Freelance, The Times, The Guardian, The Observer, uefa. com; sports writer, sub editor, guardian.co.uk, The Observer; sports reporter, Evening Standard; football correspondent, The Times Humfrey Hunter Trainee, The Sun; news desk assistant, The Sunday Times; news reporter, Evening Michael McGrath Job Football reporter, The Wardle Agency Course Newspaper, 2004 What's the best thing about being a sports journalist? It's being right at the heart of the action of a sport that you've been passionate about all your life. Not only do you get to watch it close up, but also report on it. It's a very privileged position to be in, and it's worth the hard work. It's something not to be taken for granted. You get to travel to games and you're often at very memorable games that people would die to be there, let alone work. Who do you most admire in the media? I'd mention two people. Henry Winter at The Daily Telegraph. If there's a big match, I'd want to read his report the following day. The other person is football news reporter Neil Ashton at The Daily Mail. He gets important stories and many younger reporters look up to him. What are your thoughts on the future of print publications? Some people say it's troubled times, but I think it's interesting times as well. There's a 24/7 culture now. I was playing cricket on the day Fabio Capello quit as England manager, and within an hour most people I was with knew it already. That illustrates how instant news is now. I still believe in newspapers because journalists can get exclusive stories that can sell newspapers. But it's obvious you have to look at the way people are consuming news because it's changing all the time. It's a case of adapting. 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3am, Daily Mirror; Shyaka Kanuma Job Chief editor, The Rwanda Focus Course International, 2005 What has been your career highlight so far? My career highlights are many. I have been named winner of CNN's prestigious Free Press Africa Award (2001). I have received a Nieman Fellowship to spend a year doing studies at Harvard (2002-3). I have won a British Chevening Scholarship to do journalism at City University. I have started a newspaper of my own that is on the verge of succeeding, so you can take your pick! What was your first ever story? I wrote my first ever story in 1997 about a bad security situation in the Rwandan capital Kigali. How important is it that we have a free press? Very important. I can't imagine what shenanigans a government would be up to without a free press. Are journalists doomed? No, far from it. We are doing a very good job of adapting to the changing times in the media industry. Whatever remains at the end of the day (whether we see the demise of "dead tree" newspapers and magazines in the coming decades, or whether "citizen" journalists uploading their content on sites like YouTube), I cannot imagine that we are going to depend on multitudes of "citizen journalists" or activists substituting for trained professionals. REBECCA LLOYD Broadcast Suad Ali Unknown Claudine Altmann Jazz FM; broadcast journalist, Bloomberg 100 / XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM Radio; news editor, Talksport Gurvinder Aujla Broadcast journalist, Club Asia; broadcast journalist, BBC 1Xtra; broadcast journalist, BBCAsian Network Lucy Boast Producer, broadcast journalist, BBC Vanessa Buschschl�ter Researcher, trainee broadcast journalist; Washington producer, broadcast journalist; BBC World Service; Washington reporter and producer, BBC; Americas editor, BBC Rebecca Dimyan Reporter, BBC Radio Wales; reporter, producer, BBC Radio 5 Live Hilary Fraser Sales manager, IdeaGlobal; consultant, Rogen International; consultant, Fraser Communication Victoria Holden Broadcast journalist, BBC current affairs Leigh Jennings Unknown James Josephs Broadcast journalist, BBC Surrey and Sussex; production journalist, ITN, Setanta Sports News Ragnhild Kjetland Technology/ media reporter, Bloomberg Jude Landau Producer, Feature Story News; freelance producer, NTR; trainee hypnotherapist Jonathan Leleu Producer, Sky News; senior producer, BBC 6 O'Clock News, BBC Breakfast Benjamin Lowings News reader, Radio New Zealand International; broadcast journalist, BBC World Service Christina Mackay News reporter; freelance Naomi McCafferty Broadcast journalist; BBC Northern Ireland; political broadcast journalist, BBC Abi McLoughlin Associated Press; BBC Newsnight Review; producer, BBC Newsround; producer, BBC Sportsround; assistant producer, Newsround and Sportsround; producer, The World Tonight, Radio 4; assistant producer, Watchdog and Rogue Traders Shahab Mossavat Producer, BBC 6 O'Clock News; Reuters (Iran); medical student, University of London; freelance, Middle East analyst Melanie Parry Researcher, BBC Radio 4; researcher, World at One, BBC Radio 4; BBC news sponsorship scheme; producer, BBC News 24; broadcast journalist, BBC 6 O'Clock News Ewan Petrie Reporter, Scottish TV and Central; reporter, Real Radio Glasgow; reporter, newsreader, Radio Wave 102 Dundee; BBC Politics (Millbank); production journalist, Scottish TV Sohail Sahi BBC Southern Counties; sports reporter, BBC Solent; football reporter, BBC Radio 5 Live; breakfast sports reader, Adil Ray Show, BBC Asian Network; football commentator, BBC Local Nishita Sharma Presenter, producer, Aliot Asian Arts show, Break FM; freelance, BBC World Service; RadioNet; Wish Hard Laura Sheeter BBC Northampton; stringer, BBC Baltic (Riga); broadcast journalist, BBC newsgathering; freelance reporter and producer (New York) Anna Thomas Presenter and reporter, Granada; news reporter and presenter, GMTV Louise Tickle BBC World Service; Everywoman Jonathan Wald News assistant; assignment editor, CNN (London, New York) Monica Zilouf Freelance producer, ITV, ITV News International Sherine Abdel-Razek Reuters; economics journalist, Al Ahram Weekly; head of economy desk, Al Sharouk (Cairo) Akram Al-Hendi Presenter, researcher; translator, UN; presenter/ reporter,Yemeni Satellite Channel; teacher, Specialized Institute (Yemen); head of English news and programs department,Yemeni TV Linda Ambrose Secretary, Clapton Football Club Nouna Andersson Editor, Fastcheck Travel Guides (Sweden) Vilma Anusaite Freelance, ABC News; UK correspondent, Newspaper LT (Lithuania); freelance assistant producer, ABC News (London) Asad Asad UK Gold Circular; Asian Telegraph; teacher; publisher, editor, Okhla Times Neeraj Bali Freelance producer, NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation; trainer and editor, Saday-e-Jawan Radio Network (Afghanistan); trainer and field producer, Internews Network (Sri Lanka); public affairs and outreach officer, local governance and community development project (Afghanistan); sector head, public information office Amba Batra Bakshi Senior reporter, Indian Express (New Delhi); senior reporter, Indian Express (Bangalore) Elisabeth Behrmann Market reporter, commodities reporter (Sydney), Dow Jones Ginanne Brownell Researcher and producer, CNN; editorial manager, Newsweek (London) Ratchada Chitrada Producer, AsiaWorks Television Milly Clark Advertising, OK! Jelena Culum Press office assistant, City University; press officer, Crisis; PR assistant, City University; sales and marketing manager, Emerging Markets; PR and marketing manager, Home-Deq; information officer, Ealing, Hammersmith and West London 2002 College Limin Dai Deputy director, 21st Century Weekly Nadia Damouni Reporter, Credit magazine; freelance, New York Sun, New York News Network; financial journalist, Financial Times; financial journalist, dealReporter Sasha Damouni Reporter, New York News Network, The Star (Jordan); reporter, assistant editor, Merger Market; global editor, Pharmawire; healthcare journalist, Bloomberg News Perrine Faye Commodities reporter, Agence France Presse; correspondent, Basemetals.com Camille Fournier Elle (Paris); psychology student Jessica Frommer Freelance (Cambodia); managing editor, Institute of Cambodia Dimitra Gaidatzi Senior fashion writer,Vogue (Greece) and freelance, Financial Times; Katherimini; UK Vogue; The Daily Telegraph; People Joanna Gasiorowska Senior sports presenter, Al-Jazeera English Dwayne Gordon Reporter, Jamaica Herald; 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product manager, Rockstar Games Alexandro Martello Economics reporter, Portal G1 Joana Mateus Producer, Press Association TV (London) Richard McColl Newsweek; feature writer, WWF; freelance, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, Newsweek; freelance, Adventura Travel (Costa Rica); Global Travel magazine (UK); freelance Nathalie McDermott Freelance, BBC Radio 5 Live; freelance trainer, City University; project officer, Radio for Development; managing director, On Road Media Mike McIlvain Feature editor, Laredo Morning Times; interim sports editor, Copperas Cove Leader-Press; managing editor, Belton Journal; reporter, LareDOS; adjunct professor, Texas A&M University; lecturer, United International College Pilar Medrano-Dell Unknown Anthony Mills Sub editor and writer, Middle East reporter; contributor, Executive; journalist, producer, Beirut Media Centre; freelance, CNN, Sky News; press freedom and communications manager, International Press Institute Edetaen Ojo Executive director, Media Rights Agenda (Nigeria) Dora Papagianni Unknown Theodoulos Papavassiliou Lecturer; newspaper editor; chief editor, Weekly Renee Louise Paul (n�e Chow) TV control room, ABC News; UK correspondent, Associated Press Radio; correspondent, BBC Caribbean; mother Sarah Pozzoli Economic news website, Lettera Finanziaria; daily Italian, Oggi; freelance, La Repubblica,Valori, XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 101 Listings | 2002 - 2002 Capital, e-gazette (Italy), freelance, editor in chief, www.nostrofiglio.it Synn�ve Prytz Berset Skarland Press AS Dong-Fang Qiu Executive editor, CCTV news Ganapathi Reddy Freelance, deputy manager, William Hill (India) Martin Ritchie Freelance, BBC Online, The Scotsman; correspondent, The Russia Journal (Moscow); reporter, Western Gazette; reporter, Metal Bulletin Yenia Rivarola Medina MA, global journalism, University of Orebro Rocio Rodr�guez-Fern�ndez Project manager (Spain) Roee Ruttenberg Production assistant, associate producer, ABC News; Assistant News Editor, Al Jazeera (Washington); freelance (Tel Aviv) Aliza Samorly Unknown Hirotada Shimura Unknown Shaimaa Shobokshi Unknown Anastasia Siniori MA public relations, Cardiff University; 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lifestyle editor, ITV teletext; health writer, feature writer, The Sun; freelance editor, journalist Peter Wilson Freelance, Ski guide, Telegraph Weekend, Telegraph Motoring, Ski and Board, Metro, Rugby World, The Field, The Daily Mail; assistant editor, Mazda magazine; writer, BAR Pure Racing, motoring supplements; editor, MoneyPlus, feelFord, section editor, Fabric magazine; editor, Forward Adam Withrington Writer, sub editor, HOT magazine; staff writer, Harpers-on-Trade; sports sub editor, Telegraph Online; contributor, Flavour; news reporter, drinks editor, head of features, the Publican; communications, Carlsberg UK; Accolade wines Kate Woodward Wire editor, World Entertainment News Network; ITV soap column; freelance Inside Soap, All About Soap, ITV.com, Sugar, Sun TV magazine, Soaplife, Closer, Reveal, What's on TV; news editor, Inside Soap Nicholas Beake Job Reporter BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat Course Broadcast, 2005 What's the most difficult thing you've encountered in this industry? Covering the July 7 London Bombings inquests for more than six months. It was difficult not to be affected by the desperately sad stories of each of the 52 victims. But there were also inspiring accounts of bravery and survival. Who do you most admire in the media? Alex Crawford was incredible in Libya, I love Ian Pannell's vivid reporting, and for his understated brilliance PM's Eddie Mair. Where's the place to be this year? Away from President Assad's regime clinging to power, and on a much happier note, I'll say London and our Olympic summer. Let's hope dazzling sporting achievement eclipses any sort of transport meltdown. Are journalists doomed? Leveson and criminal investigations may be exposing more of the dark arts allegedly practised in the name of fair journalism, but there are far more thoroughly decent people in this industry who want to tell good stories, have fun and maybe make a difference. 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freelance; MA Creative Writing, UEA; author; associate editor, Time Out (Bahrain); editor, Ink Publishing (Singapore) Yasmine Gibson The Observer; researcher, Channel 4; sub editor, editorial assistant, feature writer, Grand Designs; sub editor, freelance, health columnist, OK! Michael Haydock Freelance, Rock Sound; The Stool Pigeon, newhouse. net; sub editor, Legalese; sub editor, The Bookseller; production journalist, Trinity Mirror; production editor, The Week Kaye Holland Broadcast assistant, BBC Sport online; researcher, BBC Newsround; features editor, Fresh Direction; deputy editor editor, Cond� Nast Traveller; special Stanislava Kara Job Presenter and associate producer, BTV (Bulgaria) Course International, 2006 What's the best thing about being a journalist? It can be a stressful job but when you arm yourself with patience, curiosity and knowledge about what you are going to talk about, the people that you meet can be the best thing about being a journalist. The president of Ukraine Victor Yuschchenko kissed my hand when I started my meeting with him. Where's the place to be this year? I was posted to Bogota, Columbia for over three months and it was one of the best places in the world despite its reputation. In every country you have to learn the basic survival rules from the locals and follow them because they exist for a reason. After that you are ready to face anything. What makes a good war reporter? I would say selflessness as the war reporter is a person with a mission and a real devotion to the profession. 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During our Christmas Special Newsnight-style programme. Warren Nettleford, who is now a reporter at BBC London, had just delivered a piece about Italian women who wear red lingerie at Christmas. He then appeared onscreen wearing a frilly, red basque. What do you like most about your job? I like being in charge of a team of people who love and are good at their jobs; directing their skill, passion and hard work into one quantifiable creative output. Who do you most admire in the media? Ridley Scott, Antony Loyd, and Tim Hetherington. Are we all doomed? We are all doomed, but that's all the more reason to get stuck in right now. 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I work with brilliant young Congolese women who are not only risking their life to be journalists, but also have to overcome society's prejudices against women on a daily basis. They are my greatest inspiration. What makes a good war reporter? Altruism and ambition. We all want to get the scoop, the big story, but it has to be for the right reasons. Where's the place to be this year? In wsub-Saharan Africa, it would be South Sudan. The conflict resulting from Sudan's split in two countries is taking worrying proportions and will no doubt have huge humanitarian consequences. Why did you decide to be a journalist? At 15, I was in love with the idea of journalism, the adventures, the travels. Today at 25, I know it's not so romantic as I thought it would be, but I do travel a lot and meet fascinating people every day. I love that my job is about having great conversations on a daily basis. 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content manager, MediaCom Maria Pappa Unknown Kyriakos Penintaex Unknown Melesiana Phiri Reporter, Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation Sunniya Pirzada Freelance, Al Jazeera English (Qatar) Anna Pitton Unknown Afsaneh Rafii Unknown Martina Reinstadler Social media researcher, Cision Anna Reitman Correspondent, FastMarkets Marcia Reverdosa News producer, RedeTV (Brazil) Elizabeth Ridgeway Unknown R�my Philomene Unknown Samar Saleh Unknown Priyanka Salve Social media research intern, Cision Fiona Scott Unknown Claire Sergent Unknown Megha Shah Unknown Ayesha Shahabudeen Freelance Valerie Siebert Staff writer, Haymarket Dustin Silgardo Unknown Alissa Smith Unknown Nektaria Stamouli Unknown Julie Stewart-Binks Freelance, CBC (Canada); reporter, The OHL Tonight; programme assistant, CBC Sports Siri Svendsen Freelance Daniel Tapper Job Staff writer, Waitrose Kitchen Course Magazine, 2010 What's the biggest obstacle you've encountered in your career? Getting my first job. One of the hardest things was convincing prospective employers that I was worth spending money on when I didn't have a portfolio of work to show them. As a result I had to work for free for quite a while to build up a body of work. What did you learn from your time at City? The importance of attention to detail. Before starting at City I didn't know how to write succinctly or how important it is to remove unnecessary adjectives. I also didn't know how to think visually � with design in mind � or how to write concise pitches. Thankfully I had all of these things drilled into me. But I'm still learning. Your worst habit as a journalist? Caring too much what people think. I naturally hate drama but I think to be a good journalist you have to learn to be pretty robust and at times confrontational. Ultimately people will respect that. Are journalists doomed? Not if we are willing to be versatile and embrace media other than print. It's important to try a bit of everything, from making videos to social networking. It's not all about writing. 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Newspaper reporter, MailOnline Patrick Gower Reporter, Construction News Olivia Alabaster Sub editor, The Georgia Graham Hampstead and Daily Star (Beirut) Highgate Express; reporter, Archant Francesca Angelini Bloomberg; Specialist foreign desk, The Times; Dow Jones; Robert Hastings Freelance, The The Wall Street Journal (Italy); news Independent, Daily Mail, Sunday review, The Sunday Times Tomaaar Brooks-Pollock Reporter, Mirror Listings | 2010 - 2011 Gregory Heffer Sub editor, Goal. com Gregor Hunter The National (Abu Dhabi) Thomas Jackson Insolvency practitioner, travelling Christopher Kay Bloomberg Soraya Kishtwari Shifts, The Observer; lobby assistant, The Times Jennifer Lipman Jewish Chronicle Anna Meisel Researcher, BBC Arron Merat Daily Star (Beirut); Time Out (Beirut) Ralph Miller Video interviewer, Winkball; freelance feature writer, Evening Standard; producer, Sky News Richard Partington Brooklyn Brothers; City AM; intern, PoliticsHome; chief online reporter, Financial News Alice Philipson 21st Century; 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Hind Hassan Unknown Victoria Holland BBC Daniel Howells Freelance, ITV Joanna Impey Broadcast journalist, staff reporter, Deutsche Welle Ruth Jacob Croydon TV; freelance, Winkball.com Robin James Online producer, Sky Living Corrine Jess Unknown Aled John Producer, assistant news editor, ITN Caitlin Kennedy Unknown Kate Lawrence Media production assistant, Channel 4 Katy Lee Agence France Presse Christina Macfarlane Unknown Faarea Masud Sunrise Radio/ Litt Corporation Francesca Mcleod Unknown Steffan Messenger BBC Wales Felicity Morris Development researcher, Raw Television Datshiane Nayanayagam Unknown Olivia Paterson Unknown Nicholas Reed-Clarke Business broadcast journalist, BBC News John Regan Freelance producer, Sky News Oliver Regan Unknown Julia Ross Investigative researcher, Inside Out, BBC Jennifer Shaw FremantleMedia Adam Sich Production assistant, online content producer, ITN Jessica Stevens Unknown Charles Thomson Unknown Frances Tilson Unknown Ayshah Tull Production trainee, assistant producer, BBC Micky Van Praagh Researcher, BBC Timothy Wallace Financial journalist, Treasury Today Robert Watts Newswire writer, Writing Solutions Limited Joanne Whalley Unknown David Wilkinson CNN Rebecca Williams BBC Magazine Catherine Adams Editorial assistant, Moneywise, Money Observer; blogger, Square Mile Hannah Alderton Freelance; script writer, Made in Chelsea Jennifer Allan Writer, electricpig. co.uk; web editor, The Wire Sarah Baldwin Editorial assistant, features editor, Grand Designs Jessica Baron Sub editor, Building; online producer, Pulse Elinor Block business media group executive, Periodical Publishers Association; online editorial assistant, Shortlist Jessica Blunden The Engage Group Miyuki Seguchi Job Financial reporter, Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal (Tokyo) Course Financial, 2011 What did you learn from your time at City? The basic journalistic skills to help me hit the ground running when I started my career: methods to write good stories, reporting techniques in finance, economics and corporate news, and practical skills in broadcasting and editing. What's the best thing about being a journalist? A big advantage is that I can talk to top officials of countries, executives at worldwide famous companies and well-known industry professionals, and listen to their views and policies directly. What makes a successful journalist? Strong curiosity, and constantly making the effort to develop your knowledge through researching, reading and reporting, while treating everyone in a friendly and polite manner. 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Jelena Kensborn Unknown Fawad Khurshid Senior producer, current affairs, Capital TV (Pakistan) Ka Man Kong Unknown Marco Leit�o Silva Freelance radio producer, BBC World Service Fangchao Li Page editor, 21st Century China Daily Austin Lindberg Online news editor, Car and Driver magazine (USA) Jonathan Lopez Research analyst, Intierra Dalia Lourenco Communications trainee, European Commission Representation (Lisbon), and videographer, DirectorZone TV Megan Lucero Story producer, The Times Kabeer Mahajan Freelance sports journalist Carlos Martin Tornero Graduate scheme,VRL Financial News; voiceover artist, translator, Aparat Media Amit Masram Unknown Niall McDonald Text producer, Sky News Muazzin Mehrban Communications executive, Pfizer Gianlucia Mezzofiore Online journalist, International Business Times UK Hamza Mohamed Freelance journalist and filmmaker Anuradha Mojumdar Assistant editor, BroadcastPro Middle East (CPI Dubai) Lillo Montalto Monella Reporter, Argentina Independent; freelance, Linkiesta and Metro International Eugenio Montesano Freelance, Associated Press TV Nishit Morsawala Editor, Arabs Today XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM / 121 Listings | 2011 Newspaper Louise Ogden Job Web editor, British Science Association Course Science, 2011 What did you learn from your time at City? The main thing I learnt was how to write well. With science journalism you have to make it understandable and engaging to the general public as the language can be quite difficult. We had a taste of everything at City so we got a sense of where our strengths lay. What was your first story? It was about the money that's put into astronomy research during a time of coalition-led cuts to science and education funding. I focused on research in physics and how the public could benefit from this. What has been your career highlight so far? At the moment I'm working on a really successful Facebook campaign to promote Science and Engineering Week. I'm doing a lot of work around social media which I wouldn't have been able to do without the online journalism training at City which showed me how to manage a blog and website content. 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The red-tops make money so can afford to mount more thorough investigations, which is especially important in a time when most outlets rely on freedom of information requests and press releases to tell stories. You see a lot of people looking down their noses at tabloids but they are the biggest form of news media, read by people in their millions. Yes, their readership is falling, like other forms of print, but they outsell broadsheets 10 to one in some instances. It's easy to see why they're so popular. They know what sells and what their readers want and they operate in a more business-like way. I first decided I wanted to be a journalist when I was younger and watching footage of the fall of the Berlin Wall. I remember seeing Kirsty Lang on the BBC with her pearl earrings and thinking "that's what I want to do". I wanted to take a front seat when history was made. Most journalists I know came into 124 / XCITY-MAGAZINE.COM T the career because they thought they'd change the world. I know broadsheet journalists who are very good reporters, but the reporters on tabloids are better, because they're a bit more mischievous. Other kinds of journalists like to hang out with us because we're fun, witty and great to go to the pub with. Broadsheet hacks are more likely to stand at the back of the press pack and watch, then report on other journalists. The hardest job on Fleet Street is famously at a tabloid � subbing The Sun. You're crunching 1,000 words down to 250 which is hard in itself, but then you need to come up with a killer headline of three or four words which has to include a pun. You don't get that on the broadsheets. It's a different skill. You're better trained because what you are dealing with is more political and there is a lot more pressure. The pressure showed with the recent News of the World closure. The way my tabloid colleagues who worked there were treated was appalling. Can you imagine if an entire firm got shut down for wrongdoing and criminal behaviour that happened five years ago? There would have been complete outrage. With the News of the World, people lauded its decline. How was it right making others pay the price to save the skin of executives? Journalists at News International are steaming mad. Talented journalists I know had their careers effectively ended by what people who didn't adhere to the PCC code of conduct did. I've never had a PCC ruling brought against me and neither have any journalists I know. I've been heavily criticised for standing up for those who lost their jobs. People think I'm an apologist for a sinful thing but still read my blog. But there are loads of people out there who hate Liz Jones, Richard Littlejohn and Jeremy Clarkson yet still read them and talk about them. A good columnist should be like Marmite, so I think it's a good thing. It's the same with the Daily Mail. People complain about it but they're obviously reading the website. I hate anything narrow-minded � I don't have a problem with broadsheets existing but just like the Mail, The Guardian follows a very narrow political agenda. Saying that one should cease existing and the other shouldn't is a bit fascist. I know I won't ever get through to tabloid haters. But I'd rather have my work read by millions than hundreds of thousands. Wouldn't you? As told to Natasha Wynarczyk Fleet Street Fox blogs at Fleetstreetfox.com. Her new book Diaries of a Fleet Street Fox will be available this summer.